LAWSG139 Constitutional Theory
|LAWSG139: CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY|
|Credit value:||15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)|
|Teaching Delivery:||10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term One|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Public Law;
LLM in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on plan for final essay in individual and group feedback sessions|
|Final Assessment:||One 3,000-word essay (100%)|
This module provides an examination of theoretical aspects of constitutionalism, both analytical and normative. The works of important political and legal philosophers will constitute the mainstay of the course’s readings, mostly those from the twentieth century: Kelsen, Schmitt, Hayek, Rawls, Habermas, IM Young, Raz, Ackerman, Nussbaum, Waldron, Ely, Bellamy and others. The format of the seminars is highly participative. Students are invited to comment briefly on assigned questions each week. In past years, most students had read assigned readings and the discussion was conducted at a very high level. Guest speakers whose work has been assigned are invited from time to time.
The subjects will include:
The content varies from time to time: other subjects have included group representation, constitutional design, religion and secularity, national emergencies, revolutions, proportionality and originalism.
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.
Background reading (optional):
For an introduction to or refresher in jurisprudence, read:
For the same in political philosophy, read either: