Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Introduction to Public Law

Course unit code: 362521

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Jose Maria Castella Andreu

Department: Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

  • Identify law as a social phenomenon and describe the disciplines that are studied within the two major branches of Spanish law: public law and private law.
  • Describe the basic structure and content of the Spanish Constitution of 1978: the principles defining the Spanish state, its institutional system, normative power and legal system of fundamental rights.
  • Incorporate constitutional values into critical thinking on the subject of political science.
  • Describe and discuss the historical bases of Spanish public law, especially the origins and development of constitutional rule.
  • Describe the institutional system that underpins public law today and the complex manner in which law is enacted, especially at a state level.


Referring to abilities, skills

  • Use the Spanish Constitution of 1978 in professional practice.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

  • Demonstrate respect for differences of opinion.



Teaching blocks


1. The principles of the Spanish Constitution of 1978


  1. The Spanish transition to democracy and the constitutional process
  2. Constitutional principles

2. State-level institutions and form of government


  1. The parliamentary monarchy
  2. The Spanish Parliament (Cortes Generales)
  3. The Government
  4. Relations between the Spanish Parliament and the Government
  5. The Judiciary
  6. The Constitutional Court

3. Sources of law


  1. The Spanish Constitution and legal system
  2. European Union agreements and EU law
  3. The law and types of law
  4. Governmental law
  5. Constitutional review

4. The territorial organisation of the state into autonomous communities


  1. Introduction
  2. Sources of law
  3. Institutional system
  4. Separation of powers and financing system
  5. Collaboration and conflict between the state and the autonomous communities

5. Fundamental rights and freedoms and their guarantees


  1. Concept and structure
  2. Rights and freedoms in the Spanish Constitution
  3. Guarantees