Law and Policy of the European Union

Module code: M3431
Level 5
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Essay

This module examines the law and policy of the EU, with an emphasis on the role of law as a tool of European integration.

The first part of the module concentrates on a detailed study of the constitutional principles and values of the EU as expressed in the treaties and case law of the Court of Justice.

The second half of the module addresses substantive law, particularly in relation to the single market (in persons, goods, services) and non-maret issues such as citizenship of the EU and protection of fundamental rights.

Module learning outcomes

  • Explain the objectives, powers and law-making processes of the EU
  • Understand the impact of EU law on national systems.
  • Interpret and apply key principles, rules and concepts of EU law to factual situations.
  • Critically assess the contribution of the Court of Justice to the legal integration of the EU.
  • Conduct independent research.