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Postgraduate Course: EU Law (LAWS11392)

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
SummaryThis course explores the institutional and substantive law of the European Union with a focus on practically relevant areas. It provides a relatively brief general overview of the key principles of EU constitutional law before taking an in-depth look at the substantive law of the EU internal market. Today, the EU internal market consists of 28 Member States, comprises 500 million consumers and accounts for roughly 15% of all global imports and exports.

The course consists of ten seminars which each address highly topical areas of EU law. The focus shall be on those areas of EU law which are most likely to have a practical impact upon European citizens, consumers and businesses. In so doing, students will gain an understanding of the EU's vast internal market in which the free movement of goods, services, workers and capital is regulated. In addition to studying the fundamental economic freedoms of the EU internal market, therefore, students will also consider the EU competition law regime and the rights of EU citizens and their family members to move, reside and work in other EU member states.

Course description At the end of the course students will have acquired a firm grounding in the basic constitutional law of the EU and an in-depth understanding of the law governing the EU internal market. They will have gained a deep understanding of how EU law impacts upon EU Member State governments, EU citizens and transnational corporations.

The course content will cover:
1) The EU institutional framework and basic constitutional principles of the EU legal order.
2) The law-making powers of the EU institutions to regulate the internal market.
3) The laws governing the free movement of goods, services, workers and capital within the EU internal market
4) The EU competition law regime as it applies to the behaviour of companies conducting business within the EU internal market.
5) The concept of EU citizenship and the rights this provides EU citizens and their families.
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 ( Seminar/Tutorial 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 the foundations of EU constitutional law and the law of the EU internal market.
  2. apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of research skills and materials that are informed by the constantly evolving law of the EU.
  3. apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to contemporary issues surrounding free movement, EU citizenship and national regulatory autonomy.
  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
Barnard, The Substantive Law of the EU, OUP 2016

Any advanced EU law book, such as Craig/de Burca or Chalmers/Davies/Monti (with its online chapter 5A, available here
law/european-union-law-text-and-materials-3rd- edition?format=PB )

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:

A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
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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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Andrew Farrer
Tel: (0131 6)51 4308
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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