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.
This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying law at university or law school, particularly those applying to study law in the UK. It provides an insight into an area of law that governs our daily lives, whilst also providing applications and career advice along with a wide range of additional resources.
Aims and Objectives
- To understand the fundamental principles of the UK constitution
- To gain awareness of the key bodies that influence constitutional law in the UK
- To gain understanding of the legal theories that underpin the UK constitution
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Discuss the relationship between the executive, legislature, and judiciary
- Understand the key debates surrounding parliamentary sovereignty
- Discuss key issues such as the rule of law and the separation of powers