Onstitutional and Administrative Law Coursework

Department of Law and Criminology
Constitutional Law-Coursework 1 (25%): 12th January 2010

AIMS:
To develop your understanding of an important element of Constitutional Law.
To develop skills in legal citation and research.
To develop skills in handling a variety of sources and selecting material relevant to the coursework topic.
To develop skills of written communication and presentation.
Demonstrate the ability to write and argue clearly, rationally, coherently and succinctly.

OUTCOMES:

At the end of the coursework, you should be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of the nature and importance of various elements of the United Kingdoms constitution.
Demonstrate your ability to undertake research from a variety of sources (e.g. textbooks, studies and essays, cases and materials, articles from legal journals and case law).
Demonstrate your ability to identify relevant material and to analyse and evaluate it.
Demonstrate the ability to select (AVOIDING PLAGIARISM) the key elements to support your argument.
Demonstrate the ability to produce a clear, well-planned, well-structured and presented answer.
Demonstrate, in accordance with the guidelines issued in Legal Method course, skills in the use of correct citations, footnotes and the inclusion of a properly cited bibliography and the end of your answer.

THE COURSEWORK TOPIC:

Prerogative powers represent one of the most fundamentally significant areas of constitutional law, not least because of their definitional difficulties. However, the most controversial aspect remains controlling their use.

Discuss with reference to recent developments.

THE TASK:

You are asked to write an essay of NOT MORE THAN 1000 WORDS (+/10%). PLEASE STATE THE WORD COUNT AT THE END OF YOUR ANSWER.

Discuss requires you to identify and explain the basic elements of the topic; to identify areas of controversy; to assess and evaluate the different and sometimes conflicting views of the leading writes and to state your own conclusions.

GUIDANCE ON YOUR ANSWER:

Your answer should include reference to some or all of the following topics:

Definition of prerogative powers.
Nature and scope of prerogative powers as sources of the UK constitution.
Relationship between prerogative powers and statute.
Examples of prerogative powers.
The role of the courts in judicially reviewing prerogative powers. This requires a study of relevant case law.
Issues of accountability.

OTHER INSTRUCTIONS:

Your answer must be work processed.
Use only one side of each sheet of paper leaving generous margin on the left hand side for comments. It should contain correct citations, with appropriate use of footnotes (or endnotes) and properly cited bibliography.
Marks will be deducted for poor citation, bad grammar, punctuation and spelling.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR COURSEWORK ANSWER

You should note the Universitys policy and rules regarding late coursework submission and YOU MUST AVOID PLAGIARISM.

LATE COURSEWORK WILL NORMALLY RECEIVE A MARK OF ZERO UNLESS YOU HAVE A VERY SERIOUS EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE ACCEPTED ACCORIDNG TO THE PROCEDURES. HOWEVER, YOU MUST AT ALL COST AVOID BEING MORE THAN TEN DAYS LATE.
Recent developments, Case Law (only UK bases), Legislation, Public Law Journals, (NO WIKIPEDIA)