European Union Law - LAWS5930

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Martin Hedemann-Robinson checkmark-circle


This module will build on the knowledge that students will have acquired during Stage 1 (such as in LAWS5880 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


All single and joint honours Law programmes

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

(1) Short Written Assessment (worth 40%): maximum word limit of 1,500 words.
(2) Longer Written Assessment (worth 60%): maximum word limit of 2,500 words

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

• C. Barnard/S. Peers (eds), European Union Law
• De Mars, EU Law in the UK
• A. Arnull et al (eds), The Oxford Handbook of EU Law
• C. Barnard, The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms
• P. Craig/ G. De Burca, EU Law: Text Cases and Materials
• P. Craig/ G. De Burca, The Evolution of EU Law

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
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.
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 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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