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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3157B: European Union Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

This module seeks to provide you with a foundational knowledge of the institutions of the EU, the form of its laws, and its central ideas of free movement. In particular, on successful completion of this module, you should be able to: communicate knowledge and understanding of the major principles of EU law; identify the relevant issues which arise in a problem or essay question; analyse and evaluate and apply the law in context to reach conclusions.

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 and comprehensive 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 detailed and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of key aspects of substantive EU law;
3. demonstrate knowledge of and critically evaluate 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 demonstrate competence in applying various EU law provisions selectively in order to formulate and critically evaluate a response to it;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. demonstrate detailed and comprehensive 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 an essay question, discuss it and suggest solutions/ conclusions, while making informed and effective judgments about the merits and relevance of particular information and making reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments;
7. integrate and assess relevant information selected from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques, and argue effectively, reflectively 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, and work effectively and proactively with others within a group, meeting obligations to the other members of the group, sharing ideas and managing conflict;
9. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum 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.