COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT
2014/2015, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4256 ( 4 ) / LL5256 ( 4 ) / LL6256 ( 4 )
Constitutional government in the modern era has developed different organisational and functional models, that draw their inspiration from some main principles (eg. separation of powers, checks and balances, limited government, democratic accountability) that are distinguishing features of the same type of state. The module will consequently highlight the different forms of (presidential, semipresidential, parliamentary) government, as experienced by states belonging to both the common law and the civil law legal traditions. Reference will be made also to forms of constitutional government based on territorial division of powers, such as federal systems and supranational organisations such as the European Union.
NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent.
9 sessions over 3 weeks: Three, 3hr weekly seminars
Intensive: Week 4 - 6: 3 - 17 February 2015. [*2 make-up seminars in lieu of CNY (19 & 20 Feb); Wed, 4 & 11 Feb, 2.30 - 5.30pm]
Mode of Assessment:
Class Participation - 20%; Research Paper - 80% [Due: Sat, 21 March 2015 (11pm)]