Undergraduate Course: EU Law Honours I: Foundations (LAWS10226)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the law of the European Union from constitutional and institutional perspectives, demonstrating how and why EU law has become such a complex system of law beyond the state. Building on previous study of EU law at Ordinary level, it focuses in more depth on legal issues that are particularly timely or unsettled. For example, what are the competences of the European Union and the Member States respectively? Why is the principle of the 'autonomy' of EU law, which distinguishes the EU legal system from both international and national law, so significant? What does the Charter of Fundamental Rights add to existing protection under the ECHR? What is the role of the European Union in the ongoing rule of law crisis? And how has Brexit changed the EU's constitutional and institutional 'ecosystem'?
The course content will cover:
The sources of EU law
The EU institutional framework
The competences of the EU and of the Member States
The central principles of EU constitutional law
How EU law relates to both international and national law
The role of the EU in the ongoing rule of law crisis
The legal implications of Brexit.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Pass in EU Law Ordinary or equivalent
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course will be assessed by an essay in the form of a review article relating to topics covered in seminars 1-5 (50%) and a by an individual presentation relating to the topics in seminars 6-10 (50%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of EU constitutional and institutional law, and engage with broader perspectives on EU legal development and the interconnected system of EU law more generally.
- Students will apply knowledge, skills and understanding in practical contexts related to EU law, critically analysing legal doctrines and placing them in a wider context. Students will develop skills in tracking developments that are still evolving and discerning appropriate and useful resources within the context of fast-paced legal change.
- Students will obtain, organise and use conceptual, factual, and/or hypothetical information in problem-solving.
- Students will use a range of forms of communication in both familiar and new contexts, and improve their written and oral legal argumentation as well as presentation skills.
- Students will exercise initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities related to EU law. Students will also improve their understanding of the complex relations between EU law and both international law and national legal systems.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2049
|Course secretary||Ms Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053