Surrey University Stag

EUROPEAN UNION LAW: SELECTED TOPICS - 2023/4

Module code: LAW2097

Module Overview

This module introduces students to selected topics of European Union law, to complement their learning in Public Law I, and to complement engagement with other legal subjects where EU law is beneficial. As such, the module provides introductions to: key features of EU constitutional law, the relationships between the UK and EU in the context of Brexit, and an introduction to the internal market / trade. Additional selected topics or case-studies may be included to deepen students' understanding and to illustrate current developments.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

O'MEARA Noreen (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code:

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

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:
¿ Introduction to the European Union: sources, institutions, evolution of the EU legal order.
¿ EU constitutional law
¿ UK-EU relationship post-Brexit.
¿ Introduction to internal market (including the four freedoms, trade).
¿ Selected topics of European Union law.
¿ Revision

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online Examination 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their thorough understanding of selected topics of European Union law.

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 mid-way through the module. Feedback can provided in the following fora: written feedback by tutors; written feedback via SurreyLearn; oral feedback by tutors; oral feedback by the Module Leader in Revision lectures; oral feedback during office hours.

Summative assessment:

The summative assessment for this module consists of one 24-hour take-home exam.

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, key features of the EU legal order and its evolution.
  • ¿ To introduce students to the relationship between the UK and European Union post-Brexit.
  • ¿ To introduce students to the internal market (including the four freedoms, trade).
  • ¿ To engage student with selected topics of European Union law.
  • ¿ To foster engagement with relevant literature on the topics covered.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the nature and scope of EU law, by reference to sources of EU law, roles of EU institutions and of the core constitutional principles underlying EU legal development. CK
002 Identify and explain the dynamic role of the CJEU in the process of legal integration, and relationships between the CJEU and national courts. CK
003 Consider and explain relationships between the UK and EU in the context of Brexit CK
004 Critically engage with the structure of the EU internal market, associated freedoms / trade, and related law and policy. CKP
005 Use and engage with appropriate primary and secondary sources of European Union Law, and relevant literature. CT
006 Apply relevant sources and knowledge of the law to answer.assessment questions KT
007 Undertake directed and independent legal research to locate relevant primary and secondary sources for discussion. PT

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 complement the programme learning and teaching strategy. It does so by fostering knowledge and understanding and critical awareness of selected topics of EU law through diverse teaching and learning methods. Students are offered learning and feedback opportunities through lectures, tutorials, online review sessions and in tutors¿ consultation hours.

The learning and teaching methods include:

There are 30 taught hours on this module and 120 hours of independent study are expected throughout the semester. The delivery format of the taught hours for this module is: one 2-hour lecture or revision session per week (over 11 weeks) and one 1-hour tutorial per week (over 8 weeks). The module delivery is supplemented by guided learning during non-teaching weeks, guidance provided via the SurreyLearn module area, consultation hours during the Semester, and EU Law review 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

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Other information

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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 2023/4 academic year.