EU Law


This module examines the constitutional and legal framework of the European Union and its key institutions, the law relating to the single market within the EU and the principles of free movement and EU citizenship, as well as considering the constitutional implications and procedures of Brexit.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the constitutional and administrative framework of the EU, the principles of the EU legal system, and aspects of substantive EU law.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  analyse, examine and discuss the role and rationale of the EU institutions

2.  analyse and discuss the relationship between national and EU law

3.  analyse, examine and discuss the key features of the EU legal system: supremacy, direct effects, general principles, references, infringement proceedings, judicial review, and state liability

4.  analyse and apply the principles of EU free movement, competition and equality law.

5.  identify, state and apply legal principles and demonstrate skills of oral and written communication and legal reasoning.

6.  Analyse and examine the key procedures arising from Brexit and the UK’s withdrawal agreement.

Indicative Content

1 History

History, objective and evolution of the treaties and legislation.

2 Institutions

Principal institutions of the EU, including Commission, Council, Courts, Parliament, ECB, Court of Auditors; other important bodies such as the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

3 Judicial Role

References, review, principles of supremacy, direct and indirect effects, state liability, general principles. The procedures of the Court of Justice

4 Law of the EU internal market

Free movement of Goods, Services, Persons and Capital; Right of Establishment in another member state.

5 EU equality law

Sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious or other belief

6 Brexit

The UK and the EU, Article 50, withdrawal agreement.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is delivered by lectures and tutorials. Lectures are interactive and students are encouraged to participate. The module includes the use of self test quizzes to allow students to monitor their performance. Working in pairs and small groups within the lectures is also undertaken to ensure students participate in active learning. Students are expected to prepare for tutorials by reading from lists of directed reading. Problem questions are discussed in lectures and tutorials.The week 7 activity will be the online class test undertaken during the week + feedback thereon

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 26
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 121

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.