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Course module: 660452-B-6
Introduction to Constitutional Law
Course info
Course module660452-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; TLS: Public Law, Jurisprud.Legal History; Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History;
Is part of
B Tax Economics
B Public Governance
B Philosophy
B Tax Law
B Law: Track Dutch Law
B Law
B Law: Specialization Business Law
B Law: Track International and European Law
PM Tax Law
T.D. Geldof, LLM
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J. Goossens, LLM
Other course modules lecturer
dr. G. van der Schyff
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksZelf inschrijven alleen voor recidivisten en premasters vanaf 19 augustus
Registration openfrom 14/08/2019 up to and including 02/08/2020
After this course, students are able to:
  • Give definitions of the most important constitutional concepts and structures;
  • Solve simple questions of a constitutional nature;
  • Make a connnection between recent political and societal developments in the Netherlands and relevant questions of constitutional law;
  • Apply acquired knowledge and understanding to simple cases or to current societal questions;
  • Criticise solutions posed by others.
Most of the important legal rules are set by governmental institutions. Constitutional law deals with the legal norms guiding that process. What is the government, according to the law, allowed to do with the law, and - equally important - what is the government not allowed to do with it? Constitutional law thus deals with the legal aspects of the organisation of the state and the relationship between citizens and government. The course Introduction to Constitutional Law is divided into six themes. In the first week, we will use the concepts of the rule of law and democracy to paint the general picture that we will use during the rest of the course to provide insight in Dutch constitutional law. In the next weeks we will consecutively deal with the issues: legislation, forms of government, federalism and decentralisation, fundamental rights and the effect of international law in our national legal system.
Contact person
T.D. Geldof LLM
Timetable information
Introduction to Constitutional Law
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk, deels mc, deels essay / Written, partly mc, partly essayEXAM_01SM 1112-12-2019
Schriftelijk, deels mc, deels essay / Written, partly mc, partly essayEXAM_01SM 1221-01-2020
Required materials
Reader for the course Inleiding constitutioneel recht.
Title:Beginselen van de democratische rechtsstaat: Inleiding tot de grondslagen van het Nederlandse staats- en bestuursrecht
Author:M.C. Burkens, H.R.B.M. Kummeling, B.P. Vermeulen & R.J.G.M. Widdershoven
Publisher:Deventer: Kluwer 2017
Recommended materials
Written, partly mc, partly essay

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