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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3157B: European Union Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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, 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 activities27.511 x 2.5 hour seminars
Guided independent study75.5Individual reading and seminar preparation
Guided independent study47Assessment preparation

Online Resources

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