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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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-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.

**Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**
Priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Law department, and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional spaces for general exchange students & independent study abroad students to enrol; we will look into this on a case-by-case basis in September/January. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space.

These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
Students should have a basic knowledge of EU Law.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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 organiserProf Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2049
Course secretaryMs Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053
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