LAW41990 Advanced Constitutional Law 1

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examinations the institutional aspects of Irish constitutional law, concentrating on the concept of the separation of powers. It is intended to provide students will the knowledge and understanding of this subject required of those who seek to embark of professional training as lawyers in Ireland, as well as the basis for critical analysis and discussion of the subject.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able:

* to provide an accurate description of the main institutions of government in Ireland, from the perspective of Irish constitutional law
* analyse how these institutions interact with one another, with particular emphasis on displaying an understanding of the role of the courts
* present and evaluate arguments in relation to the appropriateness of these institutional arrangements under present-day conditions

Indicative Module Content:

Students will examine the legislative, executive and judicial powers of Government and the manner in which, as a matter of law, the interact with one another, as well as aspects of their powers and functions as they relate to citizens, non-citizens, legal persons and other states.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will provide the foundation for the students' knowledge and understanding of the subject and will include detailed guidance on further reading. Seminars will give students the opportunity for a deeper examination of specific topics, through class discussion of preassigned reading. The seminars will consist of an equal amount of student-led, small-group discussions (in groups of 3-4) and subsequent whole-class, instructor-led discussion of the same topics. The students' coursework will give an opportunity for further feedback and learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAW10050 - Constitutional Frameworks, LAW10440 - Law in Europe, LAW40740 - Key Issues in Irish Public Law

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Assignment: compulsory problem question covering several distinct topics from across the course Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: 500-word case note. Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be given individual feedback on their two pieces of coursework. The seminars also provide an opportunity for students to receive feedback from each other and from the instructor.

Name Role
Mr Raymond Byrne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 6, 10, 12 Mon 13:00 - 14:50