Module Catalogue 2024/25

LAW1262 : The UK and EU Law

LAW1262 : The UK and EU Law

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sylvia de Mars
  • Lecturer: Dr Francesco De Cecco
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment

The module follows on logically from the Stage 1 Semester 1 Constitutional Law and Legal Institution and Methods modules.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



Following the Stage 1 Semester 1 Constitutional Law and Legal Institutions and Methods modules, to start situating the UK as a legal actor in the rest of the world by examining its relationship with the European Union on a legal level. This module pays particular attention to the effects of ‘Brexit’ on the UK.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will be framed by the overarching question of what Brexit has meant for the UK. Several case studies of topics of constitutional law will be addressed, examining first the UK’s situation when it was still a Member State and then considering the ‘future relationship’ between the EU and the UK.

Case studies will vary from year to year, but may include topics such as:

•       Law-making in the EU, and law-making outside of it: how were decisions affecting the UK taken when the UK was a Member State, and how are they taken now that it is not?
•       The role of the Court of Justice in developing EU law: to what extent did CJEU activism affect the UK as a Member State, and to what extent will it do so in the future?
•       Movement of goods between the EU and the UK: how did it work before Brexit, and how does it work now?
•       Movement of persons between the EU and the UK: how did it work before Brexit, and how does it work now?

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the basic legal
principles underpinning the European Union and how these have interacted with UK law, both when it was a Member State and now that it is no longer a Member State.

By the end of the year, students should be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of:
The EU’s Treaty Framework and the Framework of the ‘Brexit’ Settlement (the WA and the Windsor Framework)
The role and functioning of the EU institutions and institutions operating under the ‘Brexit’ Agreements
Remnants of EU law - and how they continue to operate in the UK and Northern Ireland
Specific taught ‘case study’ aspects of the ‘Brexit’ Settlement (on, eg, some of the EU's four freedoms)

Intended Skill Outcomes

There are particular skills that will be relevant across the legal degree that the EU Law module focuses on teaching students. These include:

- the ability to break up learning into specific tasks so as to manage time effectively, especially when studying independently
- the ability to take notes across lectures, seminars and independent study in the specific context of being assessed by an open book take-home exam
- the ability to take a clear position on legal questions and debates
- the ability to identify and find the sources needed to answer different types of questions
- the ability to use authority when answering legal questions, in accordance with the School rules on referencing materials

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00In person lectures (FLEX – could be moved online sync or async) - teaching weeks 22-29, 34.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Suggested: 40 hours to prepare notes for the summative take-home exam. Preparation for the formative take-home exam will form part of seminar preparation.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities100:152:30Multiple Choice Quizzes with formative feedback (all weeks except first and last)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Small Group Seminar - teaching weeks 24, 26, 28 and 34.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Feedback
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1126:30126:30Independent reading/research
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures (which, depending on circumstances, will be either live in person, live online, or pre-recorded online) will set out the knowledge base that students will need to explore the case studies tackled in the subject, which will be done in detail in the small group seminars. The small group seminars will have a dual function: to have the students critically consider and develop their own opinions about the debates introduced by the lectures, and to help them hone their practical skills by means of peer review and analysis of written work. The quizzes in relevant teaching weeks are there to for the students to check their understanding and to enable the teaching team to provide targeted further feedback on complex topics.

Private study is directed so as to broaden student knowledge and understanding and prepare them for research assignments, seminars, and assessment. Assessment preparation time gives an indication of the level of research or revision expected for each of the two assessments in this module.

'Drop-in/surgery' contact time is provided in this module as part of the Law School assessment and feedback policy such that markers and/or module leaders will offer the opportunity for one-to-one oral feedback on students' written work, in addition to written feedback on coursework front sheets and generic class feedback. The time given above is merely indicative and more time may be scheduled if necessary to meet the demand for individual feedback.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination14402A7524 hour take-home paper (answer 2 questions out of a choice of 5, 1000 words per question).
Written Examination14401M2024 hour take-home paper (answer 1 compulsory question)
Written Examination01M5Multiple Choice Questions (20 questions) to be sat mid-September.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written Examination2M24 hour take-home paper (answer 2 mandatory questions, 750 words per question; these 2 questions will also be parts of Seminars 1 and 2).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The use of examination is justified in order to test the basic knowledge base conveyed in the module, which is structured around four bespoke but related topics that introduce students to how EU law works and what Brexit has meant for EU law’s role in the UK. The specific preference for take-home examination lies in the fact that it enables the students to avoid memorising material and to instead work up their notes on the material they have been taught throughout the year, and the recommended reading they have explored in addition to the required reading, with the ability to rely on those notes when they sit their end of year examination.

The formative exam will reflect questions posed to the students in Seminars 1 and 2, so that they can focus on how they present and structure their work in the ‘take-home paper’ format rather than worry about “the answer” to the question – they will have discussed this over the course of the seminar. This will give them appropriate practice and feedback for their final exam. The length of the take-home exam is shorter than the final exam per submission so as to reflect that the students will not have had extensive time before sitting the formative exam to get their notes exam-ready, and so as to reduce the pressure on this mock exam exercise. The take-home exam format is in many ways a halfway house between coursework assessment and ‘blind exam’ assessment and so enables students to build on both their written skills and analytical abilities, without requiring them to do extensive research beyond the recommended reading list – which is appropriate for a Stage 1 module.

On a broader level, the assessments are there to test (directly or indirectly) the intended skill and knowledge outcomes identified above.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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