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Undergraduate Course: EU Law Honours II: Substantive (LAWS10227)

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 examines EU substantive law, building on the constitutional and institutional foundations established in EU Law Honours I: Foundations. It addresses, in particular, EU internal market and free movement law, EU citizenship, how EU law intersects with sensitive areas of national law (for example, through the operation of the European Arrest Warrant), how the EU negotiates external trade agreements, and the legal boundaries around EU policymaking in non-economic areas such as social protection. The legal implications of Brexit will also be considered.
Course description The course content will cover, inter alia:

The foundations of EU internal market law
EU free movement law
The legal dimensions of EU citizenship
EU substantive law its wider policy context
EU substantive law intersecting with national law
EU substantive law intersecting with the wider world
The legal implications of Brexit.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: EU Law Honours I: Foundations (LAWS10226) OR Brexit: Legal Issues around an Exit from the EU (LAWS10208)
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 Honours I: Foundations (LAWS10226) or equivalent
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by a problem based assessment (40%) and an Attorney General Opinion exercise (60%).
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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 substantive 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 substantive law and to the system of EU law more generally, 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 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 enhance written communication skills, with a strong focus on the practical application of EU substantive law.
  5. Students will exercise initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities related to EU substantive law. Students will also improve their understanding of the complex relations between the EU and other legal orders.
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KeywordsEU,European Union,Brexit,Law
Course organiserProf Niamh Nic Shuibhne
Tel: (0131 6)50 2049
Course secretaryMiss Lauren McCrory-Irving
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