LAW5329 - Introduction to European Union law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7161


The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the law of the European Union (EU). The unit introduces students to the history and governance of the European Union and helps them examine and understand the constitution and institutions of the EU as well as selected issues of substantive European law. The unit will introduce students to the fundamental aspects of the legal system of the European Union (incl. role of institutions, fundamental principles, law-making procedures, enforcement). Students will also gain an understanding of substantive European law through the study of e.g. the free movement of goods and workers and competition law.This unit may be offered wholly in Prato or in Prato, followed by a study tour of key EU institutions.


On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of the historical development of European integration and the ideological, political and economic factors shaping this development with creativity and initiative to new situations for further learning;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the current constitutional structures of the EU: the composition, role and functions of the EU's main institutions, principles and procedures governing law-making, enforcement mechanisms and available judicial remedies
  • conduct research in the content of substantive European law, such as the single European market, and how such law relates to the basic aims and objectives of the EC/EU based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods; and
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to the interactions between the EU and national legal orders, the EU's role in the world.


Research assignment (7,500 words): 100%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements).