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Undergraduate Course: EU Law Honours I: Foundations (LAWS10226)

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
SummaryThis 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, EU Law Honours I: Foundations 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 crisis management? And (how) has Brexit changed the EU's constitutional and institutional 'ecosystem'?
Course description 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 management of various crises
The legal implications of Brexit.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: European Union Law (Ordinary) A (LAWS08125)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPass in EU Law Ordinary or equivalent
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture 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) The course will be assessed by a review essay (30%) and a individual video presentation (70%).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Students will obtain, organise and use conceptual, factual, and/or hypothetical information in problem-solving.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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KeywordsEuropean Union,Brexit,EU,Law
Course organiserProf Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2049
Course secretaryMiss Lauren McCrory-Irving
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