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Postgraduate Course: Withdrawal from the EU and the Law (Brexit) (LAWS11391)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 implementation through legislation, in particular the European Union (Withdrawal) 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 the political background to Brexit; the EU processes involved, which raise important questions of EU constitutional law; single market law; the law of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice; and EU external relations law. Moreover, students will deal with the UK's constitutional arrangements, which are being challenged by Brexit, in particular parliamentary sovereignty and devolution.
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 have gained a deep understanding of what it means to be an EU Member State, in particular where the single market and other forms of close cooperation are 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 political and legal background to Brexit
2) The process of leaving the EU: withdrawal agreement and transition.
3) The legacy of Brexit: acquired rights, etc
4) The future relationship between the UK and the EU: trade
5) The future relationship: other forms of cooperation
6) Brexit and the UK constitution: internal implementation, parliamentary sovereignty, and devolution.
7) Brexit and rights

The 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 Please contact the online learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 word essay (80%); 1000 word blog post (20%).

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates most areas of EU law and some areas of UK constitutional law.
  2. apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of research skills and materials that are informed by the constantly changing questions surrounding Brexit.
  3. apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to the forefront issue of Brexit.
  4. use a wide range of routine (e.g. library research) and a range of advanced skills (research with primary sources; news items; foreign sources) to communicate research findings in presentations and essays.
  5. take responsibility for their own work by preparing weekly contributions to forum discussions, and by writing a blog post and their essay individually.
Reading List
Armstrong, Brexit Time, CUP 2017
Dougan (ed.) The UK after Brexit, Intersentia 2017
Any advanced EU law book, such as Craig/de Burca or Chalmers/Davies/Monti (with its online chapter 5A, available here )

Journal articles (all available via discovered) from leading law journals, e.g. European Law Review, Public Law, Common Market Law Review, EU Constitutional Law Review, etc.

Blogs, in particular:

Official publications, in particular from: EU Commission Article 50 Task Force:


Newspaper reports, if necessary and if available online.

A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive skills:
- Capability of applying critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to complex legal and factual questions, in particular
- Identifying, conceptualising and defining new and abstract problems and issues.
- Development of original and creative responses to problems and issues.
- Critical review, consolidation and extension of knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in law.

Communication, numeracy and IT skills; -
- Use a wide range of routine skills and a range of advanced and specialised skills, in particular:
- Communication with peers and staff members using appropriate language
- IT skills involved in completing an online learning degree.

Autonomy, accountability and working with others.
- Use of a wide range of routine skills and a significant range of advanced and specialised skills, in particular:
- Taking responsibility for own work
- Communication at the standard of published academic work
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
KeywordsEU Law,Trade Law,Brexit,Consitutional Law,Devolution,EU Integration,Disintegration
Course organiserDr Katerina Kalaitzaki
Tel: (0131 6)50 9823
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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