Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW4034: European Union Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the institutional law of the European Union as well as certain areas of its substantive law, together with an understanding of their impact on the national legal orders of the Member States. In doing so, the module focuses on the legal nature of the EU and its legal system, the functions of the EU institutions and their mutual interaction, the sources of EU law and the legislative process, the procedural law of the EU, including the judicial remedies available to institutions, Member States and private parties, as well as a range of substantive areas of EU law, such as the free movement of goods and the protection of fundamental rights.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the legal nature of the European Union and its legal order, including its competences, institutional structure, sources of law and key administrative procedures;
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of key aspects of substantive EU law;
3. demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of the interaction between European Union law and the domestic legal systems of the Member States, with particular reference to the United Kingdom;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate knowledge of relevant legal concepts and their contextual, social and political implications;
5. demonstrate ability to confidently apply legal knowledge to a problem or case study and to discuss it;
6. demonstrate ability to integrate and assess relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
Personal and Key Skills7. demonstrate effective and accurate written communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts;
8. demonstrate effective and accurate oral communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts;
9. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with some guidance;
10. demonstrate ability to interact effectively and proactively within a team / learning group and to share information and ideas; and
11. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.