Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW2034: European Union Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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 broad 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 legislative procedures;
2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of substantive EU law;
3. demonstrate understanding of, and ability to evaluate, of the interaction between European Union law and the domestic legal systems of the Member States, with particular reference to the United Kingdom;
4. research both theoretical and practical legal questions related to the key aspects of both procedural and substantive EU law and apply various EU law provisions selectively in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of legal rules, relevant legal concepts, values and principles, and the ability to appreciate their contextual, social and political implications;
6. apply legal knowledge to a problem or case study and to discuss it, while making informed and effective judgments about the merits and relevance of particular information and making reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments;
7. communicate relevant information selected from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques, and argue effectively and concisely, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline and in task-specific ways;
Personal and Key Skills8. take responsibility for own learning (with some support), and work effectively with others within a group, meeting obligations to the other members of the group;
9. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with little guidance;
10. manage time independently and efficiently in preparing for learning activities, and work independently within a limited time frame to complete a specified task.