EU LAW I - 2018/9

Module code: LAW2078

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the constitutional law and institutional framework of the EU, building on their study of Public Law I (Level 4) and providing a solid basis for their further study of the internal market in EU Law II (Level 5).


Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

O'MEARA NC Dr (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: M120

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative module content includes:

The nature, scope and sources of EU law
Roles of key EU Institutions
Core constitutional doctrines
Key legal actions and procedures
Relationships between CJEU and national courts
Issues of liability at state and EU level
National perspectives of EU membership

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their thorough understanding and analyse of EU constitutional law and the EU’s institutional framework.

The assessment method for each module has been selected to test a variety of key skills, competences and outcomes as required by QAA. As such, assessment method cannot be changed. Reasonable adjustment may be made on application subject to ALS approval AND only where such adjustment still allows for the required skills, key competences and outcomes to be assessed at an equivalent level.

The assessment addresses all learning outcomes listed above.

Formative assessment and feedback

The formative assessment focuses on the key principles which underpin all themes on the module, and which form a core element of the summative assessment. 

Formative assessment is a mock exam undertaken during a tutorial mid-way through the module. Students are provided with three questions and must answer one question within one hour. Feedback can provided in the following fora: written feedback by tutors; written feedback via SurreyLearn; oral feedback by tutors; oral feedback by the Convenor in Revision lectures; oral feedback during office hours.

Summative assessment:

The summative assessment for this module consists of one 2-hour examination.  Students are instructed to respond to three questions from a choice of six questions.

The summative assessment is designed to test a variety of the module’s learning outcomes, identifying and rewarding students’ analytical skills, demonstration of knowledge and critical thinking. This module encourages students not to see topics in isolation, and to creatively make connections between principles and themes on the course. The summative examination tests a selection of topics from the module, and in addressing them, students are encouraged to address themes from across the module.

Module aims

  • To enable students to grasp the fundamental basics of the constitutional law and the institutional framework of the EU.
  • To make students aware of the development of the EU by way of successive Treaty reforms and other legislative developments so they be able to perform analyse on that law.
  • To facilitate understanding of the core principles underlying constitutional law of the EU.
  • To equip students with a critical understanding of key procedural law and legal actions.
  • To foster engagement with relevant literature on the topics covered.
  • To provide a sound basis for further study of aspects of substantive law of the EU and fundamental rights (EU Law II).
  • To give students the confidence to articulate arguments in oral exercises and in writing, informed by relevant case law and literature.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a thorough, critical understanding of the nature and scope of EU law, evidenced by the ability to critically analyse its sources, the roles of EU institutions and the core constitutional principles underlying EU legal development KC
2 Assess the relevant procedural framework of key legal actions (to include, for example, enforcement actions, the preliminary reference procedure, actions for annulment) KC
3 Critically analyse the evolution of legal doctrines and constitutional principles underlying EU law KC
4 Identify and analyse the dynamic role of the CJEU in the process of legal integration KC
5 Critically analyse the relationships between the CJEU and national courts, by reference in particular to the operation of the preliminary reference procedure and the enforcement of EU law, referring to relevant Treaty provisions and case law KC
6 Undertake directed and independent legal research in order to locate and assess relevant primary and secondary sources for critical analysis PT
7 Assess a range of primary and secondary sources of EU Law, and apply them to factual or hypothetical situations, by reference to Treaty provisions and relevant case law and in the light of relevant literature KT
8 Demonstrate their ability to articulate arguments orally and in writing, informed by relevant case law and literature KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 119

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 9

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to complement the programme learning and teaching strategy in fostering knowledge and understanding and critical awareness of EU Law I topics through a diverse range of teaching methods.  As such, students are offered learning and feedback opportunities through lectures, tutorials, online and in tutors’ consultation hours.

The learning and teaching methods include:

There are 31 taught hours on this module and 119 hours of independent study are expected in Semester 2.

The delivery format of the module is: one 2-hour lecture per week (11 weeks) and one 1-hour tutorial per week (9 weeks).  The module delivery is supplemented by guided learning during Reading Week, guidance provided via the SurreyLearn module area, consultation hours during the Semester, and EU Law clinic office hours prior to the summative assessment.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for EU LAW I :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.