1600 Introduction to Law and Constitutional Foundation

1600 Introduction to Law and Constitutional Foundation

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 60
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 80
  • Lecturer: Nejc Brezovar, PhD



1. Objectives and competences



  • Knows basic concepts of law, origin of law, the structure of law and legal system,
  • understand the concept of the modern state, the application of the acquis in the modern state,
  • understand the methods of law in practice and can explain the basic legal terminology,
  • can identify specific EU law as the law of supranational organizations,
  • can display the legal system with emphasis on the legal rule, legal acts and legal relationship,
  • knows how to analyze and solve legal problems,
  • understands fundamental theoretical knowledge of the constitution as a manifold act,
  • knows the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia and its significance in the legal hierarchy,
  • understands the role and significance of the European Union.


  • to analyze and critically evaluate law system and different legal institutions,
  • to apply theoretical knowledge to solve legal problems,
  • acquire the skills needed to use professional literature and online resources,
  • to know and understand the origins and development of the constitution.
  • During practical work, students learn to search, collect and interpret data in the national – Slovenian – official gazette and the EU’s official journal.
  •  the ability to interrelate sociological, political, and legal factors of the constitutions,
  • Knowledge of the constitution in the formal and substantive senses,
  • understanding of the relationship between the constitutional order and other legal subjects,
  • the ability to understand and apply knowledge of the European Union,
  • The ability to systematically classify and interpret specific constitutional issues.


2. Content

  • Relationship between state and law
  • The European Union as a special supranational organization and the specific features of EU law; Republic of Slovenia as a member of the European Union.
  • Basic characteristics of modern law
  • Law and politics, Legal rules and legal acts
  • Constitution as a manifold act;
  • Comparative constitutions (history, development, today) and democracy
  • Basic characteristics of the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia
  • General and special constitutional provisions;
  • Human rights and basic freedoms;
  • Economic and social relations;
  • Separation of powers: legislator and executive branch;
  • 12.Judiciary and state prosecutors.

3. Readings


  • Kaučič,I,Grad,F., Zagorc, S., Ustavno pravo, Pravna fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani, Ljubljana 2016.
  • Perenič, A., Uvod v razumevanje države in prava, Fakulteta za varnostne vede, Ljubljana,2010.


4. Intended learning outcomes


  • Students acquire basic theoretical knowledge about the state and the law with a special emphasis on constitutional law.
  • Student becomes acquainted with and gain understanding of the contents and the nature of the constitution and its significance in the formation and operation of the society and the state.
  • Student can understand, broaden and deepen knowledge about the state, the general definitions of law, legal system, the interpretation of legislation, statutory law, theories and methods of law and democracy.
  • Student gets the ability for independent thinking, critical analysis and critical evaluation...

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Preparation for lectures
  • lectures,
  • seminar paper,
  • e-Learning.

6. Assessment

  • Written or oral exam (100%)