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LAW2162 : EU Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Francesco De Cecco
  • Demonstrator: Miss Raffaella D'Antonio
  • Lecturer: Dr David Reader, Dr Sylvia de Mars, Ms Anna Jobe, Dr Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To provide an understanding of the basic legal principles underpinning the European Union, by concentrating in particular upon the development of contextual and interdisciplinary learning skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Particular issues covered are:

The history and motivations of European integration

The constitution of the EU (e.g. institutions of the EU and foundational legal principles such as direct effect, supremacy and state liability)

The substantive law of the EU (the Fundamental Freedoms, Competition Law)

Human Rights

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture611:0061:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1328:00328:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lecturing as the principle teaching method is justified in terms of providing an overarching narrative coherence to the course. It is necessary in order to secure the requisite knowledge base needed in order to underpin stated learning outcomes. Seminars are used in order to effect the development of a critical and contextual understanding of EU Law, and to develop those associated cognitive skills stated. Private study is directed so as to supplement the development of seminar skills and to confirm the establishment of the basic knowledge base.

'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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67Students will be required to answer three questions from a choice of eight.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The use of examination is justified in order to test the basic knowledge base. The use of an assessed essay is justified in order to test the particular development of critical and contextual skills. On a broader level, both forms of assessment are intended to test the stated subject-specific and cognitive skills.

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