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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3157B: European Union Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst 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: history and evolution.

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.

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 & teaching activities1212 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity64 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching64 x 1.5 hour syndicate workshop meetings & activities
Scheduled learning and teaching44 x 1 hour Q&A sessions
Guided Independent study6012 x 5 hour Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study124 x 3 hours Syndicate preparation
Guided Independent study124 x 3 hours Seminar preparation
Guided Independent study8Formative assessment
Guided Independent study30Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

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