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Advanced Constitutional Law

National Law University Delhi and CEC via Swayam


This course will explore the ways in which courts, governments and individuals shape Indian constitutional law. It will include an overview of the different schools of theoretical thought regarding constitutional interpretation, but also around principles such as popular sovereignty, federalism, the separation of powers, the rule of law, and the role of the common law. The course will give students an opportunity to explore current constitutional questions as well as historically important constitutional disputes. Students will gain an understanding of the trajectory of, and trends in, constitutional law. The study of these topics will allow students to deepen and broaden their understanding of the principles of constitutional law learnt in the compulsory course, Advanced Constitutional Law. Students will gain an understanding of the practice of key actors in constitutional matters, including the High Court, state and federal executives and legislatures, indigenous people and other individuals.The course is a full credit course for universities. Generally, law universities offer this course as a 4-credit full course which is taught over one semester. The course is certification ready and looking into its importance for persons associated and interested in the Constitution of India, it will be able to meet the needs of lifelong learners. Professionals who may not be enrolled for a regular degree or who only wish to understand constitutional law, their need will be served by the course. The course has proctored examination at the end of the semester and gives credits to students.Course Outcomes:On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Analyse the principles of Indian constitutional law, undertake self-directed legal research at an advanced level, and evaluate complex legal information.2. Critique the operation of constitution of India from a theoretical and policy perspective.3. Structure sustained and concise written and oral arguments for a legal audience.4. Analyse the operation of the Constitution of India from a policy perspective, and in the context of social and cultural diversity.5. Communicate effectively individually and as part of a team. Work in collaboration with others to prepare written documents. Engage with team members in an ethical and professional manner.6. Apply legal and theoretical concepts to specific situations.



WEEK-I1. Constitutional History- Making of Indian Constitution2. Democratic and Republican nature of Government
WEEK-II3. Preamble, Constitutional Interpretation and Constitutionalism4. Separation of Powers5. Judicial Review
WEEK-III6. Union and its Territory7. Citizenship8. Meaning and Concept of ‘State’
WEEK-IV9. Parliament and State Legislatures10. Parliamentary Practices and Procedures11. Anti-Defection Law and Schedule X12. Parliamentary Privileges
WEEK-V13. Legislative Relations between Union and States14. Administrative and Financial Relations between Union and States
WEEK-VI15. ‘Executive’ and Protection to Civil Servants16. Public Service Commissions and Tribunals
WEEK-VII17. ‘Judiciary’ under the Indian Constitution (Powers, Jurisdiction and Procedure)18. Judicial Independence
WEEK-VIII Revision and Assessment
WEEK-IX19. Judicial Appointments and Accountability-I20. Judicial Appointments and Accountability-II- NJAC Judgment and Way Forward
WEEK-X21. Panchayats, Municipalities and Co-Operative Societies22. Elections in India
WEEK-XI23. Emergency Provisions24. Amendment of the Constitution and Doctrine of Basic Structure
WEEK-XII25. Scheduled and Tribal Areas26. Granting Special Status (J & K) and Special Provisions to States
WEEK-XIII27. Official Language28. Inter-State Trade and Commerce
WEEK-XIV29. Special Provisions relating to Union Territories30. National Capital Territory of Delhi
WEEK-XVRevision, Assessment and Evaluation

Taught by

Dr. Anupama Goel



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  • Anonymous
    Hii I the undersigned being a Masters in Constitutional Law wanted to learn more about the different aspects of Constitution. The course was good and it did update my knowledge and got to know various other cases related to the Articles. I have enjoyed the course and would surely recommend others to take it up too to enhance and understand the perspectives of constitution. i would like to thank all the Guru's and the team itself who has organised the course really well.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Advocate. Savitri Dhanesha

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