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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to European Union Law (LAWS11272)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed as an introduction to European Union law for postgraduate students who have not studied law and/or EU law at undergraduate level. The approach taken will emphasise the sources of EU law, and the key concepts and principles underpinning the continuing evolution of EU law in general. Institutional, constitutional and substantive elements of EU law will be outlined, with a particular focus on the application of legal principles to actual and hypothetical situations in practice. Specific methodological questions will also underpin each of the substantive topics addressed
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet. Print consumables are recommended to provide hard copy of some on materials.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease contact the distance learning team at
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Through the use of primary sources, secondary literature and case studies, the course aims to:
1. Emphasise a legal understanding of EU integration, but one sited in relevant economic, political and social considerations and debates;
2.Explore the ways in which EU law has developed and, in particular, explore the role played by different EU and national actors in that process;
3. Demonstrate the relevance and effects of EU law in a range of practical situations and contexts.

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

1.Appreciate the distinctive legal structure of the European Union;
2.Understand both the scope and limitations of EU legal competence;
3.Analyse and evaluate the substantive development of EU law, from the perspective of both the EU and national legal orders.

Assessment Information
One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%). Requirements for all module assessment will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Special Arrangements
This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introducing the European Union: history and evolution
2. The sources of EU law: competence and hierarchy
3. EU institutions I: overview of functions
4. EU institutions II: jurisdiction of the Court of Justice
5. Principles of EU constitutionalism I: primacy and direct effect
6. Principles EU constitutionalism II: fundamental rights
7. The framework of free movement law: overview of key principles
8. Free movement law I: free movement of goods
9. Free movement law II: capital, services and establishment
10. Free movement law III: persons and EU citizenship
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Tobias Lock
Tel: (0131 6)51 5535
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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