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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
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
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions. Students must also take Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128) and Public Law of the UK and Scotland (LAWS08123)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  330
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% exam in May diet
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
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
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and 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
KeywordsEU Law A
Course organiserDr Arianna Andreangeli
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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