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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module is an introduction both to the institutional structure and to key areas of substantive law of the European Union. It covers the formation of the European Union and the stages in the integration process. The basic concepts of direct effect, supremacy, and fundamental human rights will be introduced. The question of democratic accountability will be raised in discussing the legislative roles of the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Council and the European Parliament. The functions, procedures and organisational structure of the Court of Justice and Court of First Instance will be considered and regard will be had to the role of a Constitutional Court. Some areas of substantive law will be studied, in particular, the free movement of goods and persons.

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Other essential notes

Students wishing to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree MUST take this half module in either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. The completion of this module is a prior requirement for students wishing to take the advanced EU module, LA241 Law and Policies of the EU.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: LA240-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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