Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C4R15
Module Title: Constitutional Law 2
Title: Constitutional Law 2
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Eileen Doyle
Module Author:: John Tully
Module Description: To provide students with a sound understanding of constitutional law and theory, and an appreciation of key doctrines including rights relating to the criminal trial; equality; unenumerated rights; guarantees relating to the family and education; freedom of religion, expression, association and assembly; the guarantee of personal rights and personal liberty; inviolability of the dwelling; constitutional policy on abortion and the Directive Principles of Social Policy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Apply critical analysis and problem-solving techniques to both essay and problem-based questions on the implications of constitutional provisions
LO2 Construct and produce analytical and persuasive writing on fundamental issues in the development of Irish constitutional law, grounding such analysis in the text of the Constitution and constitutional case law
LO3 Critically appraise case law interpreting the Constitution and formulate reasoned and persuasive positions on the future development of constitutional law
LO4 Critically evaluate and distinguish between the efficacy of the Irish constitutional framework and the constitutional frameworks of other jurisdictions
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Personal Rights and the Constitution
• Numerated and Unenumerated Constitutional rights • Hierarchy of Constitutional Rights • Interpretation of Constitutional Rights by the Courts • Qualification of Constitutional Rights • Inalienable Constitutional Rights • Remedies for Breach of Constitutional Rights
• Types of tribunal • Formation of a Tribunal • Constitutional Status
Life and Human Dignity
• Right to Life • Abortion • Genocide • Death Penalty • Right to Die • Torture and Degrading Treatment
• Connotations of Equality • Scope of the equality guarantee • Exceptions
Personal Liberty
• Right to Personal Liberty • Permissible detentions • Restrictions on Movement • Habeas Corpus and the Article 40.4 Inquiry • Bail
Freedom of Expression
• Right to Freedom of Expression • Restrictions on Expression • Compelled Expressions • Regulating the Media
Freedom of Association and Assembly
• Right to Freedom of Association • Restrictions on Association • Forced Association • Right to freedom of Assembly • Restrictions on Assembly • Use of Force • Public Fora
The Family and Education
• Definition of “Family” • Marriage, Discrimination and Autonomy • Right to Procreation • Family Property Rights • Deportation of family members • Custody and Control of Children • Non-Marital Children • Divorce • The Unborn • Rights to Primary and Secondary Educ
Religious and Property Rights
• Property Rights • Freedom of Religion
Other Unenumerated rights
• Rights to Privacy and Marital Privacy • Right of Access to the Courts • Right to Travel • Right to Fair Procedures in Decision making • Other Unenumerated Rights
External Sources of Fundamental Rights
The European Convention of Human Rights, The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the EU's accession to the Council of Europe, other human rights treaties to which Ireland is a party.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%


Full Time

No Continuous Assessment
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 100
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description Every Week 6.00 6
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.50 1.5
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dr Oran Doyle,Tom Hickey (Law teacher). Constitutional Law, [ISBN: 1911611275].
  • James Casey. (2000), Constitutional Law and Ireland, Round Hall, Sweet & Maxwell, [ISBN: 1899738630].
  • Michael Ford, David Leonard. (2016), Constitutional Law of Ireland, 3. Bloomsbury Professional.
  • Gerard Hogan, Gerry White et al.. Kelly: The Irish Constitution, 5. Tottel publishing.
  • Ireland. Bunreacht Na HÉireann, [ISBN: 0707662427].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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