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Administrative Law

Code: 101121 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500259 Political Science and Public Management OT 3 2
2500259 Political Science and Public Management OT 4 0
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Isabel Pont Castejón

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


There are no prerequisites to take the course

Objectives and Contextualisation

Knowing what Public Administrations are and how they usually work is something relevant and especially useful for everyone who wants to work in a political environment, both at European, State, Catalan and local level.

In this course we will establish the bases, so that at the end you have the necessary knowledge to know what are the Public Administrations, what is the administrative legal system, how the Administration is structured internally; and what are the activities that the Public Entities carry out. We will also emphasize which are the mechanisms that enable the legal control of the actions adopted by  Public Administrations. 


    Political Science and Public Management
  • Demonstrating good writing skills in different contexts.
  • Distinguishing the discipline's main theories and different fields: conceptual developments, theoretical frameworks and theoretical approaches underlying the discipline's knowledge and different areas and sub-areas, as well as their value for the professional practice through concrete cases.
  • Identifying sources of data and conducting bibliographic and documentary searches.
  • Managing the available time in order to accomplish the established objectives and fulfil the intended task.
  • Working autonomously.
  • Working in teams and networking, particularly in interdisciplinary conditions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assessing the impact of the inter-administrative relationships.
  2. Critically analysing and assessing the legal elements of the relations between the political power and its citizens and generally, in the political processes.
  3. Defining the concepts of act, activity, procedure, resources and administrative guarantees.
  4. Demonstrating good writing skills in different contexts.
  5. Describing and assessing the working of the administrative organization principles.
  6. Explaining the concept and sources of the Administrative Law, as well as the laws and regulations.
  7. Explaining the concept of Constitution and basic constitutional principles and the State of Law and social and democratic state principles.
  8. Identifying sources of data and conducting bibliographic and documentary searches.
  9. Managing the available time in order to accomplish the established objectives and fulfil the intended task.
  10. Working autonomously.
  11. Working in teams and networking, particularly in interdisciplinary conditions.



UNIT 1. Concept, content and essential features of Administrative Law. Concept of Public Administration.

UNIT 2. Administrative Law as a legal system. Law, custom and general principles of law. Jurisprudence. European law. Legislative/Rule-making powers of the State and of the Autonomous Communities.

UNIT 3. Holders of legislative power. Law (Acts) classes. Organic Laws and Ordinary Laws. Government regulations with the force of law: Decree-laws and Legislative decrees. Possibilities of control.

UNIT 4. Regulations. Concept and justification of  the rule-making power. Relations between Acts and  regulations. Regulations and administrative acts (decisions). Types of Regulations (executive, independent and needy).




UNIT 5. Main Principles of the administrative organization. Organizational power. Competent administrative bodies. The competence: ownership and exercise.

UNIT 6. Typology of territorial public administrations. The institutional public sector (public entities)




UNIT 7. The principle of legality of the Administration. Administrative powers. Regulated powers and discretionary powers. Techniques for reducing and controlling administrative discretion.

UNIT 8. The administrative act (the administrative decision). Concept. Classes. The effectiveness of administrative acts. Validity and invalidity of administrative acts. The administrative silence and its value. The forced execution of administrative acts. Means of forced execution: coercion (constraint, pressure) on the patrimony, subsidiary enforcement, coercive fine and compulsion on the people.

UNIT 9. The administrative procedure. The structure of the administrative procedure. Initiation: ex officio and at the request of a party. The instruction: allegations (presenting observations), public information procedure, reports, evidence and hearing procedure, examination of the file. Completion of the procedure. The decision. Types of procedural completion, especially the  conventional one.

UNIT 10. The administrative appeals. Concept, classes, and general principles.




UNIT 11: Types of administrative activity.  Specially, activities involving promotion; activities providing public services , and also,  police activities (activities limiting rights and liberties).



At the beginning of the course, the teacher will determine the specification and scheduling of each of these theoretical and practical sessions.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Theoretical classes 52.5 2.1 2, 1, 5
Type: Supervised      
Practical classes 12.5 0.5 2, 1, 4, 7, 6, 9, 11
Type: Autonomous      
Case studies and preparation cases 47 1.88 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10
Different readings and study 18 0.72 2, 3, 7, 6, 10


The assessment of this course follows the method of continuous evaluation, which is divided into two parts. The theoretical part, which is counted as 60% of the grade, and the practical one which contributes to the other 40%.

The theoretical part will be evaluated by means of two different types of written exams. Students who fail any of these written exams, may re-take them on the official date set for the re-evaluation.

The practical part of the course will be evaluated through the delivery to the professor of two practical items, which may consist of bibliographic readings,  presentations, or the solving of real cases related to the knowledge being acquired.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Practical test 40% 10 0.4 2, 4, 7, 6, 9, 10, 11
Theoretical test 30% 5 0.2 1, 3, 5, 7, 6, 8
Theoretical test 30% 5 0.2 1, 3, 5, 7, 6, 8


The professor will specify which lectures are recommended for the various sessions.
											In general, the¡ manuals (handbooks)  that are recommended for this subject are:

-Gamero, Eduardo, Fernández, Severiano: "Manual básico de derecho administrativo". Ed. Tecnos, 18ª ed., 2021


-García de Enterría, Eduardo y Fernández, Tomás Ramón: Curso de derecho administrativo, Ed. Civitas. 2020.


-Parejo Alfonso, Luciano: Lecciones de Derecho administrativo, Ed. Tirant lo Blanch. Valencia, 2020.


-Rebollo Puig, Manuel. y Vera Jurado, Diego: Derecho Administrativo. Tomo II. Régimen Jurídico básico y control de la administración. Madrid, Tecnos, 2019.


-Sánchez Morón, Miguel: Derecho administrativo: parte general. Ed. Tecnos. Madrid, 2021


-Trayter, Joan  Manel; Derecho administrativo. Parte general.  Ed Atelier, 2020.


-Palomar, Alberto y Fuertes, Javier: Práctico contencioso-administrativo. Vlex España (2020). Disponible  biblioteca digital UAB


This course does not require any specific software