Constitutions in transition
Constitutions in transition

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Constitutions in transition

Conclusion

The idea of this course was to introduce a variety of constitutions in order to show different concepts of constitutional frameworks in the world. The analysis was comparative. You also explored key elements of the UK’s domestic constitutional framework.

With reference to the interactive map, the historic background of South Africa’s, Germany’s, Canada’s and the UK’s constitutions were explored. It was clear how historic developments and, in some cases, revolutionary events, impact a nation’s constitution and can explain their character to date. Finally, by comparing some of the UK’s constitutional principles with the other nations mentioned in this course, it became apparent how different constitutional concepts impact a nation’s legal framework in different ways. It can be seen that not every principle would work in an effective manner in every constitutional context.

A constitution develops from a nation’s complex history, which is often characterised by revolutionary events. Their structure and content reflects those historic developments which give each nation their own individual, unique and inimitable constitutional fingerprint.

You should now be able to:

  • understand the general concept of a constitutional framework
  • understand the factors contributing to constitutional change, both evolutionary and revolutionary, by looking at the constitutional frameworks of South Africa, Germany, Canada and the UK
  • identify and describe the key characteristics of the UK constitution
  • understand the historic aspects of the constitutional developments of the UK and their relevance in constitutional law today
  • reflect critically and comparatively on the UK constitution by studying the constitutional frameworks and history of South Africa, Germany and Canada.

If you are unsure about any of these, go back and reread the relevant section(s) of this course.

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