Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)


This unit introduces students to European Union law. After an overview of the historical development of European integretation and the ideological, political and economic factors shaping the Union, the unit focuses on the constitutional and institutional architecture of the European Union as well as selected issues of substantive European law. The unit explores the composition, roles and functions of the EU's main institutions; it analyses the principles and procedures governing law-making in the EU, the enforcement mechanisms of EU law and available judicial remedies; it covers the interactions between the EU and national legal orders. It also analyses the most important areas of substantive European law related to the Internal Market, such as the free movement of goods and workers. It concludes by examining the EU's external relations.


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. articulate and apply legal principles of constitutional, institutional and substantive law of the European Union, demonstrating sophisticated awareness of the functioning of European law and ability to solve problems in the area of European Union
  2. critically analyse and reflect upon the institutional structures and substantive policies of the EU, its relationship with its Member States and the wider world
  3. demonstrate appropriate legal research and reasoning skills in relation to European Union law
  4. communicate effectively and persuasively with others
  5. work autonomously, using feedback to improve on performance


Class presentation and/or discussion: 10%
Research assignment: 30% (1,500 words)
Take-home examination: 60% (3,000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


LAW3200/LAW 3201