Comparative constitutonal law (wykład) - 2018/2019

Course description
General information
Lecturer:dr Delaine Swenson prof. KUL
Organising unit:Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration - Instytut Prawa
Number of hours (week/semester): 2/30
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
This course is designed to introduce students to a look at comparative constitutional law in light of contemporary challenges to the application of governmental structures and rights under various constitutions.
COURSE TYPE AND PREREQUISITES: elective course for III, IV, V year students of law, administration, European studies, intermediate level of English.
Learning outcomes
K_W03 Knows and understands legal terminology in the field of particular areas of law
K_W04 Has basic knowledge of the sources of law in the field of specific areas of law and the hierarchy of legal norms. He knows the general principles of creating law and application (legislative process, binding force, unconstitutionality, invalidity of a legal transaction)
K_W05 Knows and understands the principles of the interpretation of law
K_W06 Knows the basic features and functions of the basic areas of law and understands the principles of their functioning. He has knowledge about entities involved in legal relations specific to particular fields
K_W11 Has knowledge about legal norms that organize legal structures and institutions and the rules that govern them. In this area, he identifies the development directions of specific areas of law
K_W12 Has knowledge ordered in the field of procedural standards and understands the process of their application (including administrative, criminal, civil)
K_U02 Is able to use the basic theoretical knowledge in the field of various areas of law in order to analyze and interpret specific legal, economic and social processes and phenomena
K_U03 Has the ability to use legal concepts to understand and analyze legal phenomena
K_U10 Has the ability to use the acquired knowledge in various fields and forms to solve dilemmas appearing in professional work, in particular critical analysis of the effectiveness and usefulness of the applied knowledge
Teaching method
This course is taught using modern interactive teaching methods including the Socratic Dialogue, Brain Storming, Experiential Education, case analysis, small group discussions and mini-lectures.
Course content description
Topics discussed in the this course include the powers of the executive, the legislature and the judicial with a focus on judicial independence and accountability; the rule of law concept; rights protections involving freedom of speech and religion; constitutional norms and contemporary challenges.
Forms of assessment
Students will be evaluated on classroom participation, involvement in class debates and discussions and in a final class exercise. General class attendance and participation will be 20% of the grade, student individual participation as principle speaker in at least one class debate will be 40% of the grade, and 40% of the grade will be participation in the final class exercise. In each case grading will be based on the quality of preparation, research, presentation and argumentation in each of the described activities.
Required reading list
Materials will be provided by the Professor

Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, Rosenfeld, Sajo, Oxford University Press, 2012
Field of study: Law
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year IV - Semester 7
Number of ECTS credits: 6
Form of assessment: Grade
Year/semester:Year V - Semester 9
Number of ECTS credits: 6
Form of assessment: Grade