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LAWS2021 European Union Law (Visiting Students Only)

Module Overview

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Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with:

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the salient features of the foundations treaties of the EU: the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
  • the role and workings of the EU institutions
  • the principles of primacy, direct -, indirect - , and incidental effect; competence and subsidiarity
  • the remedies available before national courts for the protection of EU rights and the enforcement of EU obligations, in particular State liability in damages
  • the key features of the law on the internal market, including in particular the free movement of goods.
  • The key features of the law on the internal market, including in particular the free movement of persons (including citizenship), and the freedom to provide services.
  • The key features of EU competition law
  • The role and competences of the CJEU
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify strengths and weaknesses in competing arguments, including academic and policy arguments
  • locate and analyse relevant primary and secondary legal source materials
  • critically evaluate specific rules studied and others’ arguments
  • develop and present written and oral arguments with appropriate evidence
  • distinguish relevant from irrelevant materials
  • locate and analyse relevant primary and secondary legal source materials
  • identify strengths and weaknesses in competing arguments, including academic and policy arguments
  • critically evaluate specific rules studied and others’ arguments
  • develop and present written and/or oral arguments with appropriate evidence
  • distinguish relevant from irrelevant materials
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • to solve factual problems applying these areas of substantive law
  • engage with and research in primary sources of EU law
  • produce a clear, orderly, and well-structured account of aspects of the law and of proposed solutions to questions of EU law, especially in areas where solutions are open to question and argument
  • recognise and appreciate the limits to certainty in legal principle, and some of the sources of uncertainty in the law
  • interpret, analyse and critically comment upon the (relevant) jurisprudence of the ECJ
  • critically assess the nature and role of law in the European Union
  • engage with and research in primary sources of EU law
  • produce a clear, orderly, and well-structured account of aspects of the law and of proposed solutions to questions of EU law, especially in areas where solutions are open to question and argument
  • recognise and appreciate the limits to certainty in legal principle, and some of the sources of uncertainty in the law
  • to solve factual problems applying these areas of substantive law
  • interpret, analyse and critically comment upon the (relevant) jurisprudence of the ECJ
  • critically assess the nature and role of law in the European Union

Syllabus

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Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching of this module consists of 22/20 lectures and fortnightly tutorials. Detailed lecture and tutorial handouts, which contain module outlines, lists of cases, bibliography, and questions, are made available. Emphasis is placed on the case law and students are encouraged to read from primary sources. The tutorials focus on the analysis of judicial decisions, the discussion of practical questions and the development of essay-writing and problem-solving techniques. There is a significant element of group work – students prepare brief group presentations for each tutorial. Lectures will develop: o The structure of the subject and the key applicable principles and rules of law in the field of EU law o The key areas of controversy and doubt concerning the European Union o The EU legal order (including within the wider legal and political context) o Proposals for reform Preparation for and participation in tutorials will develop: o Your knowledge of the substantive principles and rules on EU law o Your ability to manage and access a diverse range of sources of law, notably cases and the EU Treaty as well as secondary legislation o Your ability critically to evaluate those sources and to participate constructively in oral discussions concerning them o Your ability to assess reform proposals and comment critically on them o Team working and presentation skills o Your time management and research skills

TypeHours
Tutorial10
Lecture22
Preparation for scheduled sessions118
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Catherine Barnard (2010). The Substantive Law of the EU. 

Nigel G. Foster (ed.) (2008). Blackstone’s EU Treaties & Legislation 2008-2009. 

Weatherill (2014). Cases and Materials on EU Law. 

Craig – de Burca (2015). EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials. 

T.C. Hartley (2010). The Foundations of European Community Law,. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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