module specification

LL6061 - Law of the European Union II (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Law of the European Union II
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
 
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Written coursework, to demonstrate the ability cogently to discuss and critically analyse
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This core LLB module builds on the knowledge gained in the Law of the European Union I, to provide a detailed understanding of the underlying concepts of European Union Law and its topical relationship to UK domestic law.

It considers EU citizenship; the rights of EU workers; free movement of goods; and competition law.

The module provides a sound understanding of the key features of the EU legal order, its main institutions, the law-making processes and the legal control of administrative powers in the EU and the UK.

It will provide a sound understanding of the relationship between history, politics, law and economics in the development of the EU.

The aims of the module are to give students an appreciation of the theoretical and foundational aspects of EU law as it applies in the UK. The module facilitates a contextual and critical appreciation of the law and politics relating to the administration and governance of the UK State in a period of radical constitutional change (‘Brexit’).

It will provide a sound understanding of the relationship between history, politics, law and economics in the development of the EU.

The module aims to develop several key transferable skills including independent research, critical analysis and academic writing in the context of the Law of the European Union, emphasising the use of primary and secondary sources of law.

Prior learning requirements

Students must have taken LL5051: the Law of the European Union I.

Syllabus

1. EU Citizenship LO1, LO2 and LO3

2. Rights of EU Workers LO1, LO2 and LO3

Removal/deportation from host State

3. Free Movement of Goods  LO1, LO2 and LO3

Financial and non-financial charges prohibited

4. Competition Law  LO1, LO2 and LO3

Article 101 on price fixing agreements
Article 102 on abusive behaviour by dominant firms

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Learning and Teaching Strategy

Weekly two-hour lecture and one-hour seminar. 

The lecture will be used for:

• Dissemination of knowledge through an overview of each topic with detailed guidance on appropriate aspects;
• An introduction to relevant academic literature;
• Guidance on learning strategies;
• Use of WebLearn and IT resources;
• Whole group questions and discussion.

The seminar will be used for the development of skills necessary to attain the module learning outcomes through:

• Written and oral questions/answers designed to reinforce fundamental rules, principles and cases;
• A range of step-by-step analytical exercises;
• Problem solving;
• IT tasks, such as research of cases and statutes;
• Legal writing.

Blended Learning

All learning materials, previous examination questions and sample Q/A’s will be on WebLearn for use in directed private study.

Student engagement will be encouraged in both lectures and seminars through weekly use of WebLearn for access to all of the above materials.

There will be required use of the professional legal databases, especially Westlaw and Lexis Library, for legal research.

Opportunities for reflective learning/pdp

Each weekly seminar will contain space for students to reflect on what they have learnt in relation to the overall syllabus. There will be frequent feedback opportunities structured into the timetable and a range of sample answers posted onto WebLearn.

Students’ Study Responsibilities

The need for attendance, punctuality, preparation and engagement will be emphasised with particular reference to written and IT research, problem-solving, team-work, discussion, debate and critical awareness of the subject.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of EU citizenship; the rights of EU workers; free movement of goods; and competition law.

2. Demonstrate the ability critically to discuss case study problems relating to the topics covered in the syllabus.

3. Demonstrate the ability to write critical, discursive essays relating to the topics covered in the syllabus.

Assessment strategy

Coursework (2,000 words maximum)

This will assess the ability cogently to discuss and critically analyse legal case studies and/or contemporary legal issues within the context of the law of the European Union.

Bibliography

The link to the Talis reading list will be provided when the module is due to start running.