What's in the Constitutional Law On-Demand Course?
Constitutional law, the area of law dealing with the relationship between a government and its citizens, underpins all other areas of law. Indeed, it is fundamental to the daily lives of us all, and as such forms an integral part of any law course undertaken at undergraduate level. This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the nature of a constitution, and specifically, the constitutional structure within the United Kingdom.
The course begins by exploring the notion of a constitution: what one is, why a country needs one, the different forms it can take, and the type of constitution that we have in the UK. We then explore the key bodies that are involved in passing legislation related to the constitution in the UK – the executive, legislature, and judiciary – and the relationship between these bodies. As we do so, we will examine the principles and conventions which have overarching influence over these three bodies and provide limitations to their power, delving into such notions as the separation of powers, parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. Alongside this we will explore the European Union and its impact on national constitutional law.
This course will provide an exciting introduction into the type of law that governs how we all live. Whether you are considering pursuing a legal career or have a keen interest in law, it will lay the foundations for further study in one of the most hotly-debated areas of law, and will help to develop skills in critical reasoning and engagement with the subject as a whole.