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Postgraduate Course: The EU's Changing Constitution (LAWS11417)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe principal aims and objectives of the course are to consider and analyse the evolving principles underpinning EU constitutional law.

Course description This course explores the foundations and evolution of the EU¿s changing constitution. It considers, first, the construction of the EU¿s constitution, reflecting on how ¿ and why ¿ its core principles emerged and how they have changed over time. Looking to recent developments, challenges that have the potential to destabilise the EU¿s constitution are then analysed, focusing on the EU in ¿crisis mode¿ in, for example, the Eurozone or rule of law context. Whether Brexit has further destabilised ¿ or strengthened ¿ the EU¿s constitution is also assessed in that light.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed via the completion of a legal opinion drafting exercise to be completed over a 4.5 working day period. This will be worth 100% of the total mark.

Outline of Assessment:

Three judgements of the Court of Justice will be revealed at 9am on Monday in the second week of the examination block, students will be asked to draft an Advocate General's Opinion for an appeal in one of these cases, to be submitted by 2pm on Friday of the same week (max of 20 numbered paragraphs; limit of 3500 words including footnotes).

The Structure and style of AG Opinions will be discussed in class and the formative assessment will offer the opportunity to draft five paragraphs on which feedback will be received.
Feedback Students will be given the opportunity to complete one piece of writing as a formative assessment during the first half of the semester. They will be given detailed individual written, and if required, oral feedback.

Students receive detailed written individual feedback on their summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to conceive and defend an argument, drawing appropriately from both primary and secondary sources to support it ¿ and within a limited timeframe
  2. Develop research skills, drawing from library holdings, relevant databases and appropriate use of Internet resources.
  3. Synthesise material from a broad variety of research sources.
  4. Produce written research of postgraduate standard that displays critical understanding and analytical skills.
Reading List
Craig and de Búrca, EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials (OUP, 7th edition, 2020)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the courses, student will have:

» Strengthened their oral and written communication skills.
» Developed their critical analysis skills
» Improved their autonomy as learners and thinkers.
KeywordsEU,EU Constitutional Law,International,Constitutionalisation,Postgraduate
Course organiserProf Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2049
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Culross
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588
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