Foundations of EU Law

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of EU Law

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Law
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Alina Tryfonidou
    Summary module description:
    The module concerns the constitutional and administrative law of the EU.
    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the main features of the legal system of the European Union. It aims to equip students with knowledge of the developing legal and constitutional framework of the expanding Union, including the relationship between EU law and national law and the principles of the single market.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
    ? identify the evolution of the EU from its single market origins to a more mature polity;
    ? identify and explain the institutional and law-making structure of the EU;
    ? assess critically, the role of democracy and rights in EU governance;
    ? identify the meaning of subsidiarity and appraise its role in the relationship between Member States and the Union;
    ? compare and contrast the various doctrines and procedures for enforcing EU law;
    ? assess critically, the nature of EU administrative law;
    ? discuss the relationship between national legal systems and the EU legal order;
    Additional outcomes:
    The module also aims to develop, among others, IT, oral presentation and research skills.
    Outline content:
    The module will start with a brief introduction to the institutional and law-making structure of the EU, including the various sources of law. This discussion will be set against a broader theoretical discussion centred around the concepts of legitimacy and subsidiarity. The module will then go on to consider the relationship between national legal orders and the EU one. A key part of this will involve a comparison of the role of private enforcement in national courts with public enforcement mechanisms. After that, the module will examine the administrative remedies available against the Community institutions.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    There will be two or more 1-hour lectures in each week of the Autumn Term and five 1-hour tutorials in Spring Term. The tutorials will involve structured group discussion and may involve the oral presentation of material.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring
    Lectures 18 12
    Tutorials 3 3
    Guided independent study 79 85
    Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
    Total hours for module 200.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 100
    Other information on summative assessment:
    1 essay to be submitted in tutorial 5.
    Formative assessment methods:
    One essay of no more than 6 sides of A4 (excluding bibliography) to be submitted in Tutorial 3 in the Spring Term
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    3 hours
    Requirements for a pass:
    Reassessment arrangements:
    See School Guide (Programme Assessment)
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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