Singapore University of Social Sciences

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Constitutional and Administrative Law (LAW321)


LAW321 Constitutional and Administrative Law teaches the student about the fundamental legal fabric to the whole machinery of government as well as the fundamental rights and relationships between State and citizens. From the functions of government, students will also learn about the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution and also the role of administrative law as a check on the actions of the executive.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction to Constitutional & Administrative Law
  • Supremacy of the Constitution and Constitutional Interpretation
  • Separation of Powers: Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary
  • The Public Service in Singapore
  • Citizenship
  • Fundamental Liberties: Protection of Life and Liberty
  • Rights of the Accused Person and Special Powers Against Subversion and Emergency Powers
  • Protection Against Retrospective Criminal Laws and Double Jeopardy
  • The Right to Equality and Equal Protection
  • Freedom of Speech, Assembly and Association
  • Right to Property
  • Freedom of Religion

Learning Outcome

  • Indicate the various sources of the relevant law, how it is made and developed; of the institutions within which that law is administered and the personnel who practice law
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal concepts, values, principles and procedures of Singapore law and explain the relationship between them in a number of subject areas, as well as to apply them
  • Analyse fact patterns to identify relevant issues of law, fact and procedure.
  • Interpret the relevant rule of substantive law, procedure or evidence relevant to the issues identified
  • Apply the relevant laws and principles to come to a conclusion on the issues
  • Formulate an opinion, provide a solution and advise based on the conclusions
  • Discuss critically, competing arguments in literature or in a group situation and make a reasoned choice between alternatives
  • Examine ideas, concepts and arguments in the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy
  • Employ information technology in an office environment for the search for information, the preparation of documents and presentations
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