20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The unit builds on Constitutional Law, with a more detailed analysis of the accountability arrangements in operation in the UK. It will examine how the modern constitution has evolved a number of interesting and sophisticated techniques of control, which work beyond traditional Parliamentary and court based institutions, and evaluate the theoretical need for such techniques. Specific areas of study will include: modernising Parliament, multi-layered governance, unelected institutions, enforcing constitutional values and constitutional theory. The aim of the unit is to expand the student's comprehension of how government in the UK is controlled in practice and enhance analytical skills.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to law students

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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