1  Name of Course Constitutional Law I
2 Course Code LAC2043
3 Instructor
4 Rational for the Inclusion of the Course in the Programme To equip the students with the knowledge on the Constitutional Law in Malaysia.
5 Semester and Year offered Semester 3 (Year 2)
6 Student Learning Time

Face to face Independent learning Formal Assessment Total
Teacher centered Student Centered Learning Non face to face Revision Assessment Preparation Continuous Assessment Final Exam
Lecture T O

 28 

 12  4  16  28  19  15  3

 125

7 Credit Value 3 (125 / 40 = 3.125)
8 Pre-requisite (if any) None/Nil
9 Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students should have the ability to:

  1. explain the basic principles of constitutional law and the provisions of the Federal Constitution (LO1-C2);
  2. describe the constitutional law principles to the constitutional issues (LO7-P1);
  3. identify the required skill of finding and reading case law relating to constitutional issues (LO9-A1).
10 Transferable skills Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving through a process of lectures and tutorials.
11 Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercises, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. Practical experience and collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
12 Synopsis The course will examine the introduction to the wide and varied meaning of constitution and some characteristics and principles of constitutional law such as the constitutionalism, Rule of Law and its basic concepts, the theory of Separation of Powers, and Sovereignty of the Parliament, Constitutional Supremacy, Federalism concept and Constitutional Convention.  Students will be exposed to the notion and application of those concepts. The history of the promulgation of the Malaysian Federal Constitution right before the colonial period to the independence including the set up of commissions related to it up to the establishment of Malaysia will be discussed. Also to be analysed are the prominent features of the Malaysian Constitution, namely, the institutions relating to executive power with special focus on Constitutional monarch, the institution of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong including the appointment, functions and duties, and the Conference of Rulers with special attention on its functions, duties and responsibilities; the legislative power of the federation stressing on Parliament, its member, privileges and powers to make and unmake laws.
13 Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion and presentation.
14 Assessment Methods and Types
  Item Percentage
1. Continuous Assessment 40%
2. Final examination 60%
  Total: 100%
15 Mapping of the Course Learning Outcome/Module to the Programme Learning Outcomes Refer to attachment
16 Content Outline and the SLT per Topic

Week Topic
1 Overview of the Course
2 Introduction to Constitutional Law
3-4 Principles of Constitutional Law
5-6 Introduction to Malaysian Constitution
7-8 Salient Features of the Malaysian Constitution
9-10 The Rulers
11 The Executive
12 Public Service
13-14 The Legislature

 *Note: Total = 125 hours

17 Main References
  1. Harding A. (2012). The Constitution of Malaysia A Contextual Analysis. United Kingdom: Hart Publishing Ltd.
  2. Abdul Aziz Bari & Farid Sufian Shuaib. (2009). Constitution of Malaysia Text and Commentary. Third Edition. Kuala Lumpur: Pearson.
  3. Shad Saleem Faruqi. (2008). Document of Destiny the Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia. Selangor: Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad.
  4. L.A. Sheridan & Harry E.Groves. (2004). The Constitution of Malaysia. 5th edition. Singapore: Malayan Law Journal.
  5. Harding A. (1999). Law, Government and the Constitution in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Pelanduk Publications.

 Statutes:

  1. Federal Constitution
  2. Related cases
18 Additional References
  1. Shad Saleem Faruqi. (2008). Document of Destiny the Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia. Selangor: Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad.
  2. Abdul Aziz Bari. (2003). Malaysian Constitution: A Critical Introduction. Kuala Lumpur: Other Press.
  3. Kevin Tan Yew Lee & Ors. (1997). Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore. 2nd. Ed. Singapore: Malayan Law Journal.
  4. Salleh Abas. (1997). Prinsip Perlembagaan dan Pemerintahan di Malaysia. Salleh Abas (pnyt.). Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
  5. AF.A. Trindade & H.P. Lee. (1988). The Constitution of Malaysia: Further Perspectives and Developments. Kuala Lumpur: Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn. Bhd.

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES, DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

Course Learning Outcomes Compliance to PO Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs) Assessment Tasks (ATs)
 

PO1

LO1

PO2

LO2

PO3

LO3

PO4

LO4

PO5

LO5

PO6

LO6

PO7

LO7

PO8

LO8

PO9

LO9

   
  K CTPS CS TS EM LL     KK LS    
1. Explain the basic principles of constitutional law and the provisions of the Federal Constitution (LO1-C2);

 

3                 Classroom lecture and discussion Written test
2. Describe the constitutional law principles to the constitutional issues (LO7-P1);

 

                3 Presentation Instructor evaluation of the presentation
3. Identify the required skill of finding and reading case law relating to constitutional issues (LO9-A1).             3     Assignment Instructor evaluation of the assignment