Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2034: European Union Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Introducing the European Union.
  • EU institutions: The Commission, Council of the EU, European Council, European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Sources of EU law: transfer, competence and law making.
  • The EU legal system: The Treaties, primary and secondary legislation. General principles.
  • Doctrine of supremacy. Reception of EU law by member states.
  • Direct and indirect effect. State liability.
  • Preliminary Rulings. Actions against Member States.
  • Free movement of goods – tariffs and fiscal barriers.
  • Free movement of goods – non-fiscal barriers.
  • Free movement of workers.
  • EU citizenship.
  • Free movement of capital.
  • Freedom of establishment and services.
  • EU competition law.

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 activities2222 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities13.59 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching13.59 x 1.5 hour syndicate workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities99 x 1 hour Q & A sessions
Guided Independent study 189 x 2 hour peer-led syndicates meetings and activities
Guided Independent study 67Syndicates and seminars preparation
Guided Independent study77Assessment preparation
Guided Independent study10Formative assessment
Guided Independent Study70Individual reading and lecture preparation

Online Resources

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