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Postgraduate Course: New Classics of EU Law (LAWS11420)

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
SummaryWhat makes a judgement, a legislative instrument, a policy paper or an academic output a 'classic' in its field? More specifically, but also more speculatively, what factors might indicate that more recent legal developments have the potential to become 'new classics' of EU law i.e. game-changers that spearhead the progression of the subject? Conversely, why do some apparently important legal advances never actually gain traction?

Drawing from the expertise of colleagues across the EU Law Subject Area, this course proposes and examines examples of new classics, from within the previous five years, that either already have or are likely to rewrite the foundations of EU law and policy-making.
Course description Adopting a reflective, legal foresighting approach to understanding the development of EU law, the course considers the different actors involved in advancing the field and the different ways in which they contribute to and shape the construction of the EU legal order. The course exposes the evolution of EU law in relation to its broader economic, political and social contexts. Through these discussions about new classics of EU law, the course encourages us to define and to redefine what we understand the concept of ┬┐classics┬┐ to mean; to reflect on and to think critically about the process of legal change itself.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Prior study of EU Law, normally a pass in an EU law course at undergraduate level.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate and/or work with knowledge and understanding of the ways in which EU law is developing.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a wide range of the principal materials associated with EU law.
  3. Offer insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues related to EU law.
  4. Use a wide range of research skills (bibliographical research) and manage resources within defined areas of EU law.
  5. Synthesise knowledge and understanding to construct legal arguments and present them effectively in writing.
Reading List
Key reading in preparation:

* Any advanced EU Law textbook, e.g. Craig and de Burca or Chalmers/Davies/Monti

* Fernanda Nicola and Bill Davies (eds), EU Law Stories: Contextual and Critical Histories of

European Jurisprudence (CUP, 2017
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding
- Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of EU law, engage with broader perspectives
on the interconnected system of EU law, and reflect on the process of legal change more generally.

Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry
- Students will apply knowledge, skills and understanding in practical contexts related to EU law and to the system of 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 to discern appropriate and useful resources within that context, fostering skills in legal foresighting.

Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
- Students will obtain, organise and use conceptual, factual, and/or hypothetical information in problem-solving. Through the reflective dimension of the course and assessment, students will have the opportunity to identify and rationalise examples legal change in the field of EU law.

Skills and abilities in Communication
- The team-teaching design of the course will facilitate discussion from a varied range of perspectives.

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
- Students will exercise initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities related to EU law. Students will improve their understanding of the complex relations between the EU and other legal orders, and consider the relationship between legal change and wider economic, political and societal forces.

Technical/practical skills
- Students will use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts, and improve their written and especially legal argumentation, reflective and critical analysis skills.

KeywordsPostgraduate,EU Law,Policymaking,Game-Changers,New Classics
Course organiserDr Katerina Kalaitzaki
Tel: (0131 6)50 9823
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Culross
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588
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