Module details for EU Security, Justice and Home Affairs


This module looks at the EU policy areas of Security & Justice and Home Affairs, as it affects EU states and its external relations with third states. Assessment is by way of a coursework and an exam.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to critically examine from an EU and third country perspective the legal structures of the policy areas the legal structures of the policy areas of EU Security & Justice and Home Affairs.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically analyse and apply EU law relating to Security & Justice and Home Affairs to a given problem.

2.  Critically analyse and evaluate the legal tools used and the legal bodies operating in Security & Justice and Home Affairs.

3.  Develop further their ability, independently, to use and analyse legal sources, evaluate legal literature and to use legal reasoning.

4.  Demonstrate higher level legal writing skills.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction

The Treaty on European Union, The Lisbon Treaty, relevant EU Programmes, EU security & JHA institutional structure and legal tools.

2 The EU's ability to act externally.

The EU's bi-lateral and multi-lateral policy legal framework.

3 EU Security Policy

Case law, European Security and Defence Identity, NATO, Petersburg Tasks.

4 EU JHA networks and agencies.

Europol, Eurojust, Schengen.

5 Analysis of JHA policy areas.

Drug trafficking & manufacture, trafficking in human beings, counter terrorism.


Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 18
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 127
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.