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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to European Union Law (LAWS11272)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module aims to provide the students with the necessary information for them to understand how the European Union functions and to create an idea of the impact that EU law has on the lives of EU citizens.

The module focuses first on the institutional and procedural part of EU law: the first five sessions explain the role of the institutions of the Union, and the legal mechanisms through which EU law becomes part of the national order.

The module then moves onto EU substantive law, which is covered in the last five sessions. We will look at EU law on human rights and EU free movement law. The latter, together with EU competition law (which is not part of this course), lay the legal foundations of the EU single market, a major achievement of the EU in the last five decades.
Course description Session 1: Introducing the European Union: history and evolution
Session 2: Sources of EU law: competence and hierarchy
Session 3: EU institutions I: overview of functions
Session 4: EU institutions II: jurisdiction of the Court of Justice
Session 5: Principles of EU constitutionalism I: primacy and direct effect
Session 6: Principles EU constitutionalism II: fundamental rights
Session 7: The framework of free movement law: overview of key principles
Session 8: Free movement law I: free movement of goods
Session 9: Free movement law II: capital, services and establishment
Session 10: Free movement law III: persons and EU citizenship
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 must have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the distinctive nature of European Union law
  2. Understand the legal mechanisms through which EU law affects the rights and obligations of Member States as well as their citizens and their businesses
  3. Identify some of the main developments of EU law in the area of free movement
Reading List
A list of key module readings will be available in advance of the module. Detailed reading lists are then available each week.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the module, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online distance learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online distance learning.
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Course organiserDr Tobias Lock
Tel: (0131 6)51 5535
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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