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Undergraduate Course: EU Law Honours (LAWS10137)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course explores EU Law from constitutional, institutional and substantive perspectives. Following a brief outline of the history and evolution of the EU, its institutional structure will be examined. Particular emphasis will be placed on the law-making process and on forms of action before the European Court of Justice. EU competences will be examined in detail. The constitutional principles underpinning EU law will then be studied: primarily, primacy, direct effect and State liability. EU free movement and internal market law will form the basis of the second semester. This will include in-depth analysis of the 'four freedoms', case studies applying these principles (e.g. EU environmental law; EU media policy) and identification of some cross-cutting themes (e.g. horizontal scope of internal market law).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: European Union Law A Ordinary (LAWS08116) OR European Union Law (Ordinary) A (LAWS08125)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPass in equivalent to EU Law (Ordinary)
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  25
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course is to develop knowledge and understanding of the institutional, constitutional and substantive aspects of EU law, thus building upon and further developing the study of aspects of the substantive law of the European Union to which students were introduced in the Ordinary course. Students should acquire an in-depth understanding of the Treaty on European Union and Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union; understand the division of competences between the EU and its Member States; be able to identify and understand the legal principles underpinning the application and operation of the EU treaties; and examine the application of EU substantive (internal market) law in detail.

In fulfilling these objectives, the course aims also to consolidate and deepen intellectual, practical and transferable skills involved in the legal research of Union law acquired at Ordinary level, including:
- to advance skills of communication, expression, argumentation and debate acquired in Years 1 and 2 via seminar participation;
- independently to produce a piece of research (the course essay) which displays critical understanding, sound analysis and independence of mind, clear and succinct expression of ideas, and the ability to pursue an argument with proper care and attention to academic literature;
- in preparing for seminars and essays, to synthesise material from a broad variety of sources;
- to develop research skills, primarily library skills, use of databases and appropriate use of Internet resources.
Assessment Information
Group presentation and
Written examination
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsEU law, EU institutions, EU constitutional law, internal market law, free movement of goods, persons
Course organiserDr Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2049
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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