Introduction to Public Law (10 ECTS)
When: Year 1, Block 4
Brief course description: The goal of this course is to impart to students a basic knowledge and understanding of the constitutional principles common to modern Western states. On completion of this course, students are able to relate major historical events in the development of the Western state to the contemporary organisation of that state. They will understand the importance of the framing and wording of a constitution. Furthermore, they will have an understanding of the powers of the organs of the state and how they are interrelated. This introductory course in the field of comparative constitutional law deals with a number of topics related to the concept of the role and function of a constitution in the modern (western) state. Furthermore, it discusses themes that are central to the different types of constitutional framework that characterize democratic states. Some of the topics are therefore:
- The history of constitutionalism: the American and French revolutions and the different forms of constitutions they gave birth to;
- The functions of the constitution;
- The changing nature of the Constitution;
- Separation of Powers;
- The organization and powers of the legislative;
- Constitutional review;
- Unitary and Federal States;
- Human rights;
- The national constitution and international law;
- International and European constitutional developments.
Assessment: At the exam, 75 out of 100 points can be earned. The remaining points can be earned by participating in an assignment.
*Official course information and schedules during the academic year can be found in Ocasys.
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