Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2014


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

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104