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  1. Study Unit One - Nature and Sources of the UK Constitution 5 items
    Reading Lists for each theme will be added as we progress if you are interested in reading ahead please bear in mind that all of the core text other than Part V will be applicable to this course at some point.
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book Recommended for Student Purchase Core Text for this course available in a money saving bundle at Blackwells on campus

    2. Lecture One in Induction has no pre-reading (naturally) but you will be introduced to the course textbook and the idea of cheat sheets. The cheat sheets are essential PRE lecture reading the textbook portions are POST lecture reading in preparation for workshops, additional readings are ideally for workshop preparation but realistically are useful springboards for your reading and research if attempting coursework or exam preparation on a topic.

    3. Lectures Two And Three

      Pre-reading - Unit 1 Cheat Sheet Available in Blackboard

      Post Lecture Part I - of the set text i.e. chapters 1 and 2 - this is indicative of the general level or reading for this course so please be prepared.

    4. Articles None, One or Several? Perspectives on the UK's Constitution(s) - David Feldman1

      Article Further Reading This is the additional reading to the topic covered in lecture two, i.e. the nature and features of the UK constitution.

    5. Laws and constitutional conventions - N.W. Barber 2009

      Article Further Reading Further reading on lecture three focusing particularly on the role of conventions as a source of UK constitutional law.

  2. Study Unit 2 - Constitutional Principles 7 items
    In this unit we look at three core constitutional principles: Separation of Powers, Sovereignty, and, Rule of Law.
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book Recommended for Student Purchase Please review chapter 2 we will also be highlighting specific page ranges/ chapters for each lecture by way of illustration.

    2. Lecture Four - Separation of powers
      Pre-reading
      - The cheat sheet available on BBPost lecture/Workshop - Chapter 3 of the recommended text.

    3. Lecture Five - Sovereignty
      Pre-Reading -
      The appropriate cheat sheet available via BB
      Post lecture/Workshop -  
      Chapter 6 with special focus on sections 6 and 7 within that chapter.

    4. Lecture 6 - Rule of Law
      Pre-reading -
      The appropriate cheat sheet available via BB.Post Lecture/Workshop - Chapter 2 section 6 and to get a taste for how rule of law can be seen in action Chapter 11 particularly sections 5 and 6.

    5. Separation of powers and constitutional government - Eric Barendt

      Article Further Reading Additional reading to compliment lecture 4

    6. The conceptual foundations of parliamentary sovereignty: reconsidering Jennings and Wade - Michael Gordon

      Article Further Reading Theoretical discussion of the doctrine discussed in lecture 5.

    7. The rule of law - Lord Bingham

      Article Further Reading Complimenting lecture 9 and a seminal take on the modern approach to rule of law...yes I am a big fan!

  3. Study Unit Three - The Constitution in Action 7 items
    In this unit we will look at the role and functions of the UK Parliament.
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book Recommended for Student Purchase Over the course of this unit you will be asked to read quite a bit of Parts II and III of the text if in any week you find yourself with spare time do read on it is your responsibility to look at the reading load and manage your time accordingly.

    2. Lecture Seven - UK Law Making Process -
      Pre Reading -
      The appropriate cheat sheet available via BB.
      Post Lecture/Workshop -
      Chapter 5 in particular focus on sections 5 and 6. It would also be beneficial to look at chapter 10 sections 5 and 6.

    3. Lecture Eight - How Parliament Works
      Pre-lecture -
      The appropriate cheatsheet available via BB.
      Post Lecture/Workshop -Review Chapter 5 and read the whole of Chapter 10.

    4. Lecture Nine - How Cabinet Works Pre-Lecture Reading - The appropriate cheat sheet from BB.
      Post Lecture/Workshop -
      Read Chapter 4 of the set text and review Chapter 10 if required.

    5. Standing Up for Scrutiny: How and Why Parliament Should Make Better Law - Matt Korris

      Article Further Reading Additional reading for lecture seven on the law making process.

    6. Cabinet Government in the Twentieth Century - Sir Christopher Foster

      Article Further Reading Additional reading for lecture nine on Cabinet

  4. Study Unit 4 - Human Rights 7 items
    1. Lecture on ECHR 2 items
      1. The European Court of Human Rights: Bringing Together Legal Systems - Cherviatsova, Alina 2012

        Article  This a an article that explores the performance of European Court on Human Rights since its creation in the late 1950s.

    2. Lecture on the Human Rights Act 2 items
      1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

        Book Core Reading Chapter 18 on the Human Rights Act is essential for this module

    3. Notes on A and Others V Secretary of State for the Home Department 20045 3 items
      This is primarily a range of links to assist you with the workshop task.
  5. Unit 6 EU Law 5 items
    The text is available online via the UWE Library website
    1. Lecture 18 - Institutions 1 item
      1. EU law - Ewan Kirk 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 2

    2. Lecture 19 - The EU Law Making Process 1 item
      1. EU law - Ewan Kirk 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 1

    3. Lecture 20 - EU Law in UK Courts 1 item
      This is the topic of the workshop
      1. EU law - Ewan Kirk 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 1 covers this topic but since you should have already read so review and read ahead as you can. You may also want to look at chapter 3 which considers the process for enforcing the requirements of community law on member states (NB this is through the EU institutions NOT the states domestic courts so should be read by way of contrast).

    4. Lecture 21 - Role of the CJEU 1 item
      1. EU law - Ewan Kirk 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 2 (institutions) and 5 on preliminary rulings

    5. Lecture 22 - Judicial Review of Community Action 1 item
      1. EU law - Ewan Kirk 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book  Chapter 4

  6. Unit 5 Common Law Judicial Review 1 item
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book  You should initially focus on chapters 12 and 13 which deal with the processes of judicial review since we do problem questions in the workshop. However, a full understanding of the area (and potential essay questions) the remaining chapters of Part IV need to be read (remember this is over three lectures and two workshops).