European Union Law - LAWS5930

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Will Mbioh checkmark-circle


This module will build on the knowledge that students will have acquired during Stage 1 [such as in LAWS5880 (LA588) Public Law 1] . This module will develop student learning by focusing on foundational legal aspects of EU law as well as rules governing selected substantive areas of EU law, also taking into account the relevance of these rules to the UK. The module convenor will set out specific areas of study in the relevant module guide.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
The standard assessment pattern will be 100% Coursework as follows:
Coursework - Short Written Assessment (1,500 words) - 40%
Coursework - Longer Written Assessment (2,500 words) - 60%

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

Barnard C. and Peers S. (eds) (2020) , European Union Law 3rd ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press
De Mars S. (2020), EU Law in the UK, Oxford, Oxford University Press
Other key publications
Arnull A. et al (eds.), (2015), The Oxford Handbook of EU Law, Oxford, Oxford University Press
Barnard C., (2019), The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms, Oxford, Oxford University Press
Craig P. and De Burca G., EU Law: Text Cases and Materials, Oxford, Oxford University Press
Craig P. and De Burca G.,(2011), The Evolution of EU Law

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of the legal framework of the European Union (EU) building on teaching provided during Stage 1 (such as in LAWS5880 Public Law 1 and LAWS3270 English Legal System and Skills).
2.Demonstrate a detailed and coherent understanding of the main foundational legal principles pertaining to the law of the EU and its impact.
3.Demonstrate a detailed and coherent understanding of how EU rules differ in comparison with traditional rules of law underpinning the English legal system.
4.Demonstrate a detailed and coherent understanding of selected substantive rules of the EU, such as inter-statal trading arrangements.
5.An ability to read, understand and evaluate legislative and judicial documents as well as commentaries relevant to EU law, including the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Construct a critical argument, on the basis of independent research.
2.Effectively utilise case law, identifying the key concepts, the inter-relation between the facts and the legal arguments and provide a coherent assessment of the relevant case law and its broader ramifications.
3.Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.
4. Apply critical, analytical and problem-solving skills in a wide range of different legal and non-legal settings.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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