COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Introduction to Constitutional Law
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
LAW 103
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives The aim of this course is to examine the basic concepts and institutions of constitutional law in the light of the principle of supremacy of the constitution. For this purpose, the issues that distinguish constitutional law from other branches of law in terms of both content and method will be discussed.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • explain the basic concepts of constitutional law
  • describe the functions of the constitution and the concept of the supremacy of the constitution
  • discuss the subjects of state, democracy, government systems, constituent power and election systems from a constitutional perspective
  • compare constitutional rights and freedom regimes and the methods of their protection
  • classify the models of constitutional adjudication.
Course Description In this course, the following subjects will be examined: notion of constitution, types of constitutions, movements of constitutionalism, making and amending constitutions, concept and types of state, government systems, concept and types of democracy, electoral systems, constitutional adjudication and constitutional rights and freedoms.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Introduction of the Course
2 Concepts and Terminology in Constitutional Law Heringa, p. 1-20.
3 Constitutions: Origins and Main Features (I) Heringa, p. 21-38
4 Constitutions: Origins and Main Features (II) Heringa, p. 39-65
5 Federalism & Unitarism (I) Heringa, p. 69-83
6 Federalism & Unitarism (II) Heringa, p. 84-96
7 General Overview and Case Study
8 Midterm Exam
9 Legislature: Parliaments and Lawmaking (I) Heringa, p. 103-123
10 Legislature: Parliaments and Lawmaking (II) Heringa, p. 124-155
11 Executive: Governments and Heads of State (I) Heringa, p. 179-198
12 Executive: Governments and Heads of State (II) Heringa, p. 198-223
13 Judiciary: Constitutional Review and Courts (I) Heringa, p. 237-248
14 Judiciary: Constitutional Review and Courts (II) Heringa, p. 248-264
15 Review of the Course
16 Final Exam
Course Notes/Textbooks

Aalt Willem Heringa, Constitutions Compared: An Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (5th edition), Cambridge: Intersentia, 2019, ISBN: 9781780688831.

Suggested Readings/Materials

Erdoğan Teziç, Anayasa Hukuku, 22. Bası, İstanbul: Beta Yayınları, 2018

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
50
Final Exam
1
50
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
50
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
50
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
13
5
65
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
33
Final Exams
1
34
    Total
180

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to possess the knowledge in legal terminology, concepts and principles.

X
2

To be able to solve the legal problems with an analytic and integral point of view.

X
3

To be able to evaluate the legal knowledge and abilities obtained with a critical approach.

X
4

To be able to evaluate the developments in legal theory and practice by monitoring local, international and interdisciplinary dimensions.

X
5

To be able to have awareness of social, professional and scientific principles of ethic behaviour.

X
6

To be able to take responsibility in solving problems by creative and innovative thinking.

X
7

To be able to interpret the legal norms with a sense of justice respectful to human rights and in the light of principles of democratic, secular and social state of law.

X
8

Working efficiently and effectively, learning how to be a team member, taking responsibilities, being open minded, constructive, open to criticism and having self confidence

X
9

To be able to use the daily scientific sources and court judgments in the framework of life time learning approach.

X
10

To be able to inform the related persons and institutions about legal matters both verbally and in written.

X
11

To be able to monitor the daily legal information/court decisions and interacts with the colleagues in a foreign language (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale” Level B1) .

X
12

To be able to use the information and communication technology together with the computer programs in a level required by the area of law (“European Computer Driving Licence, Advanced Level”).

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest