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Undergraduate Course: European Union Law (Ordinary) A (LAWS08125)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course aims to impart

(a) a knowledge and understanding of the law of the European Union, principally its procedural and substantive law; sensitivity throughout to its transnational and polyglot nature and culture;

(b) an understanding of the place and application of EU law within the legal systems in Scotland and the UK; the adaptation of Scots remedies and procedures to the requirements of EU law, from, in part, a comparative perspective;

(c) an ability to find easily and use comfortably the primary (the Treaties) and secondary (droit dérivé) sources of EU law, and to understand the relationship between them; greater library and IT skills in relation to the European materials and its specialised sources;

(d) an understanding of the jurisdiction and methods of the EU judicature;

(e) a basic knowledge of the economics of the internal market and the historical development of its creation within the EC/EU;

(f) a solid knowledge of the law of the internal market; its universal principles; its detailed application as it applies to goods, persons (including JLS and Schengen), services and capital;

(g) an understanding of the sources and application of the general principles of EU law, particularly the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

(h) a basic familiarity with the law of the Union¿s agricultural, monetary, social and commercial policies

(i) an ability to use problem-solving and diagnostic techniques in the application of legal principles to the solution of EU legal problems at both macro (pan-European) and micro (Scottish) levels.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128) AND Public Law of the UK and Scotland (LAWS08123)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (this includes Erasmus students on a Law Exchange).
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  281
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 67 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a full knowledge and understanding of the following topics in EU law:

- The constitutional nature of EU law in the UK
- The judicial architecture and methods of the European Court of Justice
- The jurisdiction of the Court of Justice: enforcement of member state obligations; judicial review; exception d'illegalité; the Union¿s non-contractual liability; appeals; references for preliminary rulings
- The common/internal markets;
- Goods: customs union; common customs tariff; Community customs code; tariff barriers; fiscal barriers; quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect; Dassonville, Cassis de Dijon and Keck & Mithouard
- Citizens¿ Rights Directive
- Workers, establishment and services
- Public policy; public service employment; official authority
- Imperative reasons in the public interest
- Rights of citizenship of the Union
- Area of Freedom, Security and Justice; Schengen
- Capital
- General principles of EU law: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; the place of the European Convention in EU law
- Familiarity with the Union¿s agricultural, monetary, social (especially sex discrimination) and external commercial policies
Assessment Information
100% exam
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills By the end of the course, students should be able to:

- recognise, analyse and rank arguments and evidence in terms of relevance
and importance by:
- managing volume of legal sources and select key material to construct written or oral answers to a problem.
- identifying the legal problem from information provided.
- addressing problems by reference to relevant material.
- bringing together and integrating information and materials from a variety of different sources.
- acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context.
- application of the law and problem-solving in a legal context.
- presenting arguments for and against propositions.
- be aware that arguments require to be supported by evidence, in order to meet legal requirements of proof by showing awareness of the need for evidence to support arguments
- apply knowledge and analysis
- in a legal context
- creatively to complex situations in order to provide arguable solutions to concrete problems by presenting a range of viable options from a set of facts and law.
- think critically and make critical judgments on the relative and absolute merits of particular arguments and solutions
- act independently in planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which he or she has already studied
- reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 2 lectures a week, 6 tutorials
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Robert Lane
Tel: (0131 6)50 2039
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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