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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 02/03/2022 10:45:50

Title of Module: Public Law II

Code: LAWW07020 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dale  McFadzean

Summary of Module

Public Law II is a companion module to Public Law I and aims to introduce students to further detailed aspects of the United Kingdom constitution.  The module begins with an examination of  the role of the Monarch and the prerogative within the constitution. The relationship between central and local government is then explored in some detail with an introduction to local government law. The important constitutional remedy of judicial review is also introduced to students. Finally, the international aspects of the UK constitution are examined in relation to international human rights law and European law.

  • To give students an understanding of the role of the Monarchy within UK constitutional law.

  • To understand the nature of the relationship between central and local government.

  • To introduce students to basic concepts of local government law.

  • To introduce students to the concept of judicial review.

  • To introduce students to international obligations including international human rights law, and the law of the European Union.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. To understand the legal framework relating to the monarchy and the scope of the royal prerogative.

L2. To be familiar with the structure and functions of both central and local government in the United Kingdom, and have an understanding of the role of judicial review in controlling government action.

L3. To understand the nature and role of international human rights law, and the law of the European Union within the United Kingdom.

L4. Utilise learning resources, including electronic resources, to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law

L5. Apply legal principles to propose solutions relating to constitutional law problems

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

Understanding of the role of the Monarchy within UK constitutiona law, and the scope and function of the prerogative powers.
Understand the relationship between central and local government and the source and function of local government powers in the UK.
Demonstrate an awareness of judicial review as a means of controlling abuse of power.
Understand the nature and role of international law in relation to the UK constitution.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrating knowledge of a range of major concepts, values, principles and rules of Public Law.
Identifying and using primary and secondary legal sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Using basic and routine legal skills, techniques, practices and materials.
Practicing these in both routine and non-routine context

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Utilising a wide range of skills, including the use of information and communications technology, for the gathering, basic analysis and presentation of routine legal information, ideas and concepts.
Conveying complex ideas in well structured and coherent form.
Using a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercising initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities independently or as part of a team under guidance.
Identifying, reflecting upon and addressing personal learning needs

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
This is a hybrid module delivered online with some in person workshops where collaborative learning is encouraged through group work. These sessions are supplemented by a variety of on-line materials including video resources, on-line reading, and activities including a quiz.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Independent Study82
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

McFadzean, D & McFadden, J, Public Law (2nd Ed, EUP, 2016)*

Bradley, A & Ewing, K, Constitutional and Administrative Law (17th ed, Pearson, 2018)*

Reid, P, Public Law (3rd Ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)*

McFadden, Local Government Law in Scotland (2nd Ed, Bloomsbury, 2008)*

McFadden, J & Lazarowicz, M, The Scottish Parliament: An Introduction (5th Ed, Bloomsbury 2018)*

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorC Gray
External ExaminerM Hussain
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
An on-line test worth 50% of the overall mark.
An oral assessment worth 50% of the overall mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 3 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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