LLB Law with Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Public Law

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS20100
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


Constitutional and Administrative Law introduces students to constitutional law and practice, especially in a governmental and political setting. It is designed to give students an understanding of the nature of constitutions, certain constitutional theories, and of the current British constitution. An important focus of the course is on the location of political and legal powers as between the various institutions of the state.

Furthermore, this module focuses on Law & the administrative state. Administrative justice & citizen redress: complaints,  tribunals & inquiries. Administrative rule-making. The nature scope & procedures of judicial review. Judicial remedies. Principles of judicial review.



 - To enable students to acquire both an understanding of the nature of constitutions and of certain constitutional theories, and to acquire a detailed knowledge of the British constitution.
- To encourage students to understand the importance of non-legal sources.
- To ensure that students appreciate the political context of constitutional law.
- To help students to read legal and non-legal materials intelligently, and to analyse those materials.
- To encourage the development of skills in legal reasoning and analysis.


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures will provide students with a basic introduction to the subject and its component parts, including the constitutional framework of the United Kingdom and the administrative remedies at the disposal of citizens in their relationship with public authorities. Lectures will, by their nature, be led by the members of staff responsible for the particular sessions. The introductory lecture will include information about the module and about legal research. There will also be revision lectures.

This year’s briefer lectures will be complemented by weekly podcasts, which will be produced jointly by Robert Thomas and Javier Garcia Oliva.

Every other week, students will also be encouraged to carry out a multiple choice test with a view to keep an eye on the learning of this module throughout the academic year.

Seminars will be led by the tutors and are designed to provide an opportunity for a most pronounced interaction between staff and students. Students are expected to be well-prepared and able to discuss in seminars the issues raised in the lectures and in the reading on the given topics in a knowledgeable manner. Preparation for each of the seminars will require study of the set reading, including the lecture materials available on Blackboard (such as handouts, outlines, slides or flowcharts), the relevant sections of the textbook(s), the cases listed in connection with the relevant topic(s), and/or, where necessary or appropriate, any other further reading.

Knowledge and understanding

- Students should know and understand the relevant statutory, judicial, and non-legal materials which make up the subject.
- Students should understand the influence of politics in the development of the constitution.
- Students should understand and be able to apply the principal rules of the British constitution.

-Students should understand the Administrative Law process.

Intellectual skills

Students should be able to analyse information and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of arguments.
- Students should acquire a critical attitude towards constitutional rules.
- Students should be able to consider topics from a political standpoint as well as from a purely legal one.

-Students should evaluate and criticise the relative merits or demerits of judicial decisions and to formulate their own considered views on particular aspects of the relevant topic being discussed;
-Students should construct and substantiate persuasive legal arguments both in writing and in seminar group discussions;
-Students should develop their capacity to assemble relevant information and to subject it to critical legal analysis (including the identification of errors, inconsistencies and faulty reasoning);

Practical skills

- An ability to collect information from the available sources.
- An ability to argue orally using knowledge acquired.
- An ability to produce essays which show understanding and which show that students can develop an argument.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

- An ability to think logically and to solve problems.
- An ability to discuss issues orally and to articulate relevant arguments.
- An ability to use library materials and the internet to find necessary materials.
- An ability to organize time and to meet deadlines.
- An ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Exam - Students will be able to view their exam scripts on which feedback will be written.


1 piece of non-assessed coursework - Formative feedback will be provided within 15 days of submission of the compulsory unassessed work. IOutlines of issues will be provided after the exam.


Recommended reading

M Elliott and R Thomas, Public Law (Oxford University Press, 2020).

The leading specialist journals relevant to this course are Public Law and Judicial Review.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 40
Seminars 8

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Thomas Unit coordinator
Javier Garcia Oliva Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Closed book examination.

Restricted to 2nd year LLB (Law with Politics) & LLB (Law with Criminology) students for whom this course is compulsory.

This course is available to incoming study abroad students. However students must be aware that they may face challenges if they have not studied Bristish Law in the past

Pre:requisites: Compulsory Law School Year 1 courses.

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