EU LAW II - 2019/0

Module code: LAW2038

Module Overview

This module builds on EU Law I. It aims to provide a basic understanding of the substantive law of the European Union by providing an inward-looking view of EU law. In particular, we will explore a number of questions related to the internal market and its unique features, the foundational freedoms of EU economic law, the meaning of EU citizenship and the role of harmonisation and mutual recognition in EU law. We will also look at the specific topics of free movement of goods, persons, equality, and criminal law. A recurrent theme will be the relationship between the free market and non-economic goals, such as fundamental rights. As with EU law I, the aim is to identify EU law as a separate but integral EU legal order within the national legal orders.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

THANAPAL Vickie (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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 8

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Like EU law I, EU law II is a compulsory module. Erasmus/Exchange students with general knowledge of EU law are welcome.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction

  • The internal market

  • Free movement of goods

  • Economic migration: workers & self-employed

  • Non-Economic migration: citizenship

  • Non discrimination & equal treatment

  • Beyond the internal market: Crime & fundamental rights

  • Revision

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

That they have achieved the module’s objectives. The assessment addresses all learning outcomes listed above.

In addition to the feedback given in seminars, students will also be afforded the opportunity to gain feedback via formative assignments (see above Assessment Pattern).

Although not contributing to the summative assessment, the preparation and participation of students is essential throughout the whole course. Students will be encouraged to take on short presentations (e.g. evaluation of scholarly articles and case law or small group discussions) and engage in the preparation and arguing of hypothetical problem questions.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

One piece of coursework of 3000 words. Students will be provided with summative coursework guidance at the lectures and at ad hoc student open clinics.

Formative assessment and feedback

One piece of formative coursework (1500 words)

This formative assessment will be critical to the development of students’ learning. Timely written feedback will be provided in the marked mock essay sheet followed by generic verbal feedback during the lectures. 

Module aims

  • To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the basic underpinnings of the law of the EU internal market.
  • To equip students with a thorough appreciation of the complexities of the political and legal implications of European market integration.
  • To give an overview of the problems of justification that the EU faces when fundamental freedoms clash with the protection of fundamental rights.
  • To get to grips with new areas of application of EU law outside the internal market.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Assess the meaning and scope of the EU internal market. KCT
2 Critically engage with and assess the conflict between economic and non-economic goals in the EU. KCT
3 Analyse and apply EU's substantive law relating to fundamental freedoms. KCT
4 Critically engage with EU policy-making outside the internal market. KC
5 Critically engage with current research and advanced scholarship in the area of EU law. KCPT
6 Advance critical commentaries and independent research. CPT
7 Solve problems requiring knowledge and application of this area of law to hypothetical situations. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Foster active and independent learning and enhance students’ study and analytical skills. To this aim, students should contribute fully to classes and engage to the best of their ability by researching actively and making use of all available learning resources. At a bare minimum, students will be expected to have completed the reading for each seminar. Further Reading lists may be provided and will be indicative only. Students are expected, however, to extend their reading beyond that specified.

Students will either work independently or as part of a small group. In particular, students will be asked to present on a topic of their choice within the scope of the themes explored at the lecture or in the specific questions for discussion set up for each tutorial or will be given an exercise or hypothetical case and will be divided into groups to work and apply their knowledge. My role within the tutorials problem-based instruction method is to act as a facilitator of learning and steer the whole process.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Weekly 2hr lectures x 11 weeks

Weekly 1hr tutorials x 8 weeks

Class discussion & presentations at tutorials


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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law 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 2019/0 academic year.