LAW4108 - Constitutional law of Malaysia - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


Topics covered include: the guarantees of fundamental liberties; the role of the Conference of Rulers; relations between the federation and the states; the judiciary; special and emergency powers; processes of constitutional amendments; the separation of powers doctrine; the methods, techniques and attitudes of the Malaysian judiciary in constitutional interpretation.


On completion of this unit students should:

  1. have acquired an understanding of the functioning of the Malaysian constitutional system
  2. have acquired an appreciation of contemporary issues relating to the constitutional and political systems of Malaysia
  3. be able to see the dynamics of constitutional change in the context of a developing society, with a diversity of races, religions and cultures.


Research assignment (5000 words): 50% + Examination (2 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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