Power, the State and the Individual

Module code: M3477
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The module builds upon Public Law I to develop a deeper understanding of the British constitution and of constitutional law more generally. Drawing upon legal, political and social theory the module examines the theoretical principles of constitutions focussing upon the operation and distribution of power within the state and its impact upon the lives of groups and individuals. Both theories and historical accounts of legitimacy, democracy and human rights will be examined and their operation in contemporary legal and political practice will be considered.


Public Law 1 (M3406)

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the basic theoretical principles that apply to power, rights and the modern state.
  • Understand the core elements of legal, political, critical, social, feminist and postcolonial theory.
  • Develop arguments that apply a knowledge of theory to an analysis of power, rights and the modern state.
  • Analyse and examine contemporary problems related to power and governance.