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Undergraduate Course: Brexit: Legal Issues around an Exit from the EU (LAWS10208)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe UK's decision to leave the European Union raises a myriad of legal questions. These include the process of leaving; the legacy of membership, in particular acquired rights and continued relevance of EU law in 'old' cases; the new relationship: future trade relations, but also cooperation in security and foreign affairs matters and criminal law; the position of Scotland in Europe: special deal or no deal or independence?; the constitutional challenges within the UK, including parliamentary participation and the Great Repeal Bill; and the wider implications of Brexit for cooperation in Europe, in particular for human rights.

This course aims to address these questions in ten seminars. It will expose students to issues of EU constitutional law; single market law; and EU external relations law. Moreover, students will deal with the UK's constitutional arrangements, which are being challenged by Brexit, in particular by Scotland's wish to get a 'special deal'.
Course description At the end of the course students will have a deep insight into a number of the unprecedented legal questions raised by Brexit. They will gather a deep understanding of what it means to be an EU Member State, in particular where the single market is concerned and how EU law is intertwined with domestic law. They will also be able to appreciate the complex challenges for the UK's own constitutional arrangements.

The course content will cover:
1) The process of leaving the EU
2) The legacy of Brexit: acquired rights, etc
3) The future relationship between the UK and the EU: trade
4) The future relationship: other forms of cooperation
5) Brexit and the UK constitution
6) Scotland's place in Europe after Brexit

Students' learning experience will benefit from the topicality of the course. This is of course equally a challenge as the Brexit negotiations will be ongoing and will throw up new legal questions while the course is running, so that there may not be a lot of academic commentary available at the time certain topics will be discussed. The course will be taught in ten seminars covering the topics outlined in differing intensity.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesBasic knowledge of EU Law is required.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% course work in the form of a 5,000 word essay.
Feedback Students receive constant feedback in classroom discussions. Formal instances of feedback include feedback by the course organiser on the oral presentation; feedback by the course organiser on class participation half-way through the course; feedback by the course organiser on the formative assessment; feedback on the examination.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates most of the principal areas of EU law.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a wide range of research skills and materials that are informed by the constantly changing questions surrounding Brexit.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evolution and synthesis to the forefront issue of Brexit.
  4. Use a wide range of routine (e.g. library research) and some advanced skills (research with primary sources; news items; foreign sources) to communicate research findings in classroom discussions.
  5. Exercise autonomy for their own work by preparing for seminars and the assessment individually.
Reading List
Chalmers, D, Davies, G., Monti, G. 'European Union Law: Text and Materials' (2014)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive skills:
- Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse complex/ legal problems and issues.
- Offer insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.
- Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with these issues.
- Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in law.
- Make judgements where data/information is limited or comes from a range of sources

Communication, numeracy and IT skills;
- Ability to use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices law, for example:
- Present or convey, formally and informally, information about specialised topics to informed audiences.
- Communicate with peers, senior colleagues and specialists on a professional level.

Autonomy, accountability and working with others. Ability to
- Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities.
- Work with others to bring about change, development and/or new thinking.
KeywordsBrexit,EU Law,Trade Law,Constitutional Law,Devolution,European Integration,Disintegration
Course organiserDr Tobias Lock
Tel: (0131 6)51 5535
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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