1  Name of Course Constitutional Law II
2 Course Code LAC2083
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 4 (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

 28  3  6  28  16  10  3

 122

7 Credit Value 3 (122 / 40 = 3.05)
8 Pre-requisite (if any) None
9 Learning outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students should have the ability to:

  1. illustrate the important provisions contained in the Federal Constitution; (LO2-CT4-C3)
  2. apply the constitutional law principles to the current issues involving constitutional law; (LO4-CS4-C5)
  3. demonstrate the importance of the constitutional law theoretically and practically. (LO5-TS4-A3)
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 The course is taught through the combined methods of formal lectures, tutorial and assignment tasks. Individual and group work assignments may include case review/ analysis, legal drafting, problem-based learning and problem-solving exercises. Tutorial activities are designed to develop students’ soft skills through the conduct of legal research and individual or group oral presentation in various forms such as debate, mooting, forum and other practical simulations. Formative assessment is employed to evaluate students’ performance from time to time through midterm tests, assignments, quizzes, presentation as well as peer-review assessments. On the other hand, summative assessment is adopted to evaluate students’ progress at the end of the course through final examination.
12 Synopsis This part of the course deals with the judiciary under which some related topics will be discussed, among others the courts, the judges, the independency of the judiciary, judicial review, power of the court to interpret the constitution and some current issues related to the judiciary in Malaysia. Besides, the constitutional amendments and fundamental liberties such as the liberty of the person, freedom of speech and right to education and property will also be focused. The position of Islam as the official religion, special provisions of the Malays, national language and citizenship are also discussed. Other focuses of the course are emergency powers, special powers against subversion and contemporary issues of the constitution. Decided cases are of primary importance to this course.
13 Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion, mini seminar 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 The Judiciary
2-3 Federalism
4-6 Fundamental Liberties
7-8 Citizenship
9 Emergency Powers and Special Powers vs Subversion
10-11 The Position of Islam
12 National Language and Special Privileges
13 Additional Protection for Sabah and Sarawak
14 Constitutional Amendment and Constitutional Interpretation
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.

 Statutes:

  • Federal Constitution
  • Related cases
18 Additional references
  1. Kevin Tan Yew Lee & Ors. (2010). Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore. 3rd. Ed. Singapore: LexisNexis.
  2. L.A. Sheridan & Harry E.Groves. (2004). The Constitution of Malaysia. 5th edition. Singapore: Malayan Law Journal.
  3. Abdul Aziz Bari. (2003). Malaysian Constitution: A Critical Introduction. Kuala Lumpur: Other Press.
  4. Harding A. (1999). Law, Government and the Constitution in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Pelanduk Publications.
  5. Salleh Abas. (1997). Prinsip Perlembagaan dan Pemerintahan di Malaysia. Salleh Abas (pnyt.). Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

 

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-Illustrate the important provisions contained in the Federal Constitution; (LO2-CT4-C3)   3               Classroom lecture and discussion Written test

Presentation

2-Apply the constitutional law principles to the current issues involving constitutional law; (LO4-CS4-C5)       3           Lecture, Tutorials and Presentation Instructor evaluation of the presentation
3. Demonstrate the importance of the constitutional law theoretically and practically. (LO5-TS4-A3)         3         Assignments Instructor evaluation of the assignment