Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Constitutional organization of government
Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Law (321)

Coordinating teacher: GOMEZ LUGO, YOLANDA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Public State Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Constitution and Sources of law system
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The contents of this course are a cluster of subjects encompassed into the Constitutional Law, by means of which the students are expected to reach a reasonable knowledge of the fundamental State Constitutional Organization regulations. 1. To learn the significance of the democratic principle as a basis of the Constitutional Organization and the various instruments which allow the participation in the public affairs 2. To learn the position of the diverse State Central Institutions and the map of the connections among them (Crown, Cortes Generales or Parliament and the Judicial Power) 3. To learn the rules of composition and the peculiarities of the statute of the members of the State Central Institutions. 4. To learn the diverse regulations that governs the organization and functioning of the State Central Institutions. 5. To learn the State Central Institutions functions. 6. To learn the basis of the territorial organization of the State, giving special attention to the Autonomous Communities: organization, competencies distribution, relations with the State...
Description of contents: programme
1. The democratic principle as a basis for the Constitutional organization of government. The democratic legitimation process: the elections legal framework; the political parties; the direct democracy institutions. 2. The State powers. The Crown. The Parliament: characteristics, structure and composition; internal organization and functioning; members of the Parliament statute; functions. The Government: composition, formation and functions. The Judicial Power: organization, structure and functioning; judges and magistrates statute; Judiciary government. 3. The State territorial organization. The autonomy of nacionalities and regions: the Autonomous Communities; competencies distribution; internal organization; relations between the State and the Autonomous Communities. Local autonomy.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures developping the matter program will be given to the big groups. Other type of acitivities will be carried out in small groups, such as solving practical cases, students' presentations, working papers dicussion, debates or presentation of working projects of initiation to the research, without excluding the execution of periodic controls on the contents developped along the term. The objective of this set of working methods is the development of the students' capacities and competencies stablished as a goal for this degree. Due to the uncertainty about the teaching format to which the health circumstances will take us during the next academic year, it is expected to start in the blended modality, and may lead to 100% face-to-face or 100% on-line teaching depending on the spread or the control over the pandemic and the hygiene-sanitary measures adopted by the Authorities.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • BALAGUER CALLEJÓN, Francisco (coord.). Manual de Derecho Constitucional. Madrid, Tecnos. 12ª ed, 2017
  • BIGLINO, Paloma; BILBAO, Juan María; REY, Fernando; MATIA, Javier; VIDAL, José Miguel (coord.). Lecciones de Derecho Constitucional II. Lex Nova. 2ªed. 2018
  • GÓMEZ FERNÁNDEZ, Itziar (coord.). Esquemas de Derecho Constitucional. Valencia, Tirant lo blanch. 4ªed. 2015
  • LÓPEZ GUERRA, Luis; ESPÍN, Eduardo; GARCÍA MORILLO, Joaquín; PÉREZ TREMPS, Pablo; SATRÚSTEGUI, Miguel. Derecho Constitucional. Valencia, Tirant lo blanch. 11ªed., 2018
  • PÉREZ ROYO, Javier; CARRASCO DURÁN, Manuel. Curso de Derecho Constitucional. Madrid, Marcial Pons. 16ªed., 2018
  • ÁLVAREZ CONDE, Enrique; TUR AUSINA, Rosario. Derecho Constitucional. Madrid, Tecnos. 2013
Additional Bibliography
  • AJA, Eliseo. Estado autonómico y reforma federal. Madrid, Alianza. 2ªed., 2018
  • ARAGÓN, Manuel. Dos estudios sobre la Monarquía parlamentaria en la Constitución española. Madrid, Civitas. 1990
  • BARAS, M y BOTELLA, J.. El sistema electoral. Madrid, Tecnos, 1996.
  • BLANCO VALDÉS, R.. Los partidos políticos. Madrid, Tecnos, 1990.
  • DÍEZ-PICAZO, L. M.. "El régimen constitucional del poder judicial". Madrid, Civitas, 1991.
  • GARCÍA FERNÁNDEZ, J.. "Estudios sobre el Gobierno". Madrid, Instituto Nacional de la Administración Pública, 2007.
  • SANTAOLALLA, F.. Derecho Parlamentario español. Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 2ª ed., 2019.
  • SANTOLAYA, Pablo. Procedimiento y garantías electorales. Cizur Menor, Civitas. 2013
  • SOLOZÁBAL, J.J.. "Nación y Constitución : soberanía y autonomía en la forma política española". Madrid, Biblioteca Nueva, 2006.
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