European Union Law

Module summary

Module code: LAW0079
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Chrisoulla Pawlowska

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Public Law

Aims

This course is designed for students to develop an understanding of the law of the European Union. In particular, students will gain a knowledge of :

The evolution of the EU as a legal entity, the political institutions of the EU, the Court of Justice, the General Court and their jurisdiction, the sources of law and fundamental rights, specific rules on protection of the individual and the relationship between the law of the EU and national law, together with an introduction to substantive areas of EU law eg. free movement of goods including discriminatory taxation, customs duties and non-financial obstacles to movement and free movement of persons, EU workers and citizens and social security rights.

The key aim of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the law of the EU.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Undertake essential research skills for undergraduate EU law work
2 Have a general knowledge of European Law
3 Be working towards a detailed knowledge of specific areas of current importance and an appreciation of the evolving nature of European Law
4 ascertain and evaluate the facts of complex legal problems involving questions of European law
5 formulate and present effective arguments in written and oral form
6 Have an appreciation of the complex interaction between European law and the law of Member States and communicate effectively both orally and in writing


Indicative content

The evolution of the EU as a legal entity, the political institutions of the EU, the Court of Justice, the General Court and their jurisdiction, the sources of law and fundamental rights, specific rules on protection of the individual and the relationship between the law of the EU and national law, together with an introduction to substantive areas of EU law eg., free movement of goods including discriminatory taxation, customs duties and non-financial obstacles to movement and free movement of persons, EU workers and citizens and social security rights.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures training workshops and seminars across both terms. Seminars will be used to reinforce the lecture programme and to provide a forum for more detailed examination of the issues raised and for problem-solving activities to encourage formative development. Seminars in both terms will be designed to help and support students in preparing for exams and developing their coursework which will require use of all legal resources, including electronic databases. At the end of the course there is revision advice and the opportunity to bring prepared, past exam questions for one to one assessment by tutors.



Assessment

Method of Summative Assessment: Exam.
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 50%.
Pass Mark: 40.
Word Length: n/a.
Outline Details: 3 hour 15 minutes paper, including reading time.

Method of Summative Assessment: Essay assignment including online IT/Research test.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2&3.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 30%.
Pass Mark: 40.
Word Length: 2000 words.
Outline Details: Independently produced work.

Method of Summative Assessment: Problem Assignment.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3&4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 20%.
Pass Mark: 40.
Word Length: 2000 words.
Outline Details: Independently produced work.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Seminars will be arranged to give students the opportunity to practice past exam questions with guided feedback on structure and level of content. There will be presentations and discussions in seminars, during both terms to engage in practice questions which support both assessments and the exams. When the course is completed, there is space for revision guidance and submission of practice questions to tutors to provide individual feedback ahead of the exam.