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Module Title
European Union Law (Online LLB)

Law, European Union, Institutions, Sources, Supremacy, Court, Jurisdiction, Substantive Law, Free Movement, Fundamental Freedoms

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedOctober 2009
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 8 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aims of this module are to examine the constitutional law and substantive law of the European Union; EU institutional structure, sources of law, constitutional principles, jurisdiction, single market principles and free movement law.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Understand and evaluate the nature and sources of European Union Law as well as the EU’s legislative processes.
2. Analyse the European Union's institutional structure and constitutional framework.
3. Critically discuss and debate the constitutional principles of the European Union.
4. Understand the relationship between EU law and national law and the allocation of competences between the EU and the Member States.
5. Discuss and analyse the principles of the EU single market and demonstrate knowledge of EU free movement of goods law and EU citizenship and free movement of persons law.

Indicative Module Content

Introduction to the European Union, institutional structure of the EU, sources of law, legislative processes, constitutional framework, relationship between EU law and national law, constitutional principles of the EU (supremacy, direct effect, fundamental rights), principles of the EU single market including citizenship, free movement of persons law and free movement of goods law.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Distance Learning
Online activities

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning. In the distance learning mode, in addition, online activities will form part of the module contact time.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 1,2,3,4,5
Component 3 2,3,4,5

Component 1 - Written coursework worth 30% of the overall module grade.

Component 3 - Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate (refer further - Module Performance Descriptor) to a reasonable level in online forum and tutorial activities.

Component 2 - Examination worth 70% of the overall module grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.FOSTER, N., 2017. Blackstone's EU treaties and legislation 2017-2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2.Steiner and Woods EU Law, 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
3.Barnard and Peers, European Union Law (2017, Oxford University Press)

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