Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW4034: European Union Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.

 Term 1: Introduction to the European Union and its Legal Order 

The legal nature of the EU


The Union legal order

Union Competence

Sources of law


Direct effect

Preliminary rulings

Review of legality

Actions against EU

State liability

Enforcement in Member State courts

Discrimination / Equality

Term 2: The Substantive Law of the European Union
Introduction to the single market

Free movement of goods: fiscal barriers

Free movement of goods: quantitative restrictions

Free movement of persons

Freedom of establishment and to provide services

EU citizenship

Fundamental rights

Competition law

The Common Foreign and Security Policy

Free movement of capital

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities4623 x 2 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities96 x 1.5 hour Workshops
Guided Independent study120Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study35Workshop preparation
Guided Independent study80Assessment preparation
Guided Independent study10Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).