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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title European Union Law
Module Code LG318
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Beatrice Monciunskaite
Semester 2: Kenneth McDonagh
Autumn: Kenneth McDonagh
Module TeachersKenneth McDonagh
Beatrice Monciunskaite
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to acquaint students with the objectives and functions of the EU, with its historical and future developments, and teach students about the manner in which the objectives of the EU are pursued. Students will also learn about the nature of rights conferred by the Treaties of the European Union. The module explores the tension between the various economic, political, social and cultural facets of EU law

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the history and development of European integration
2. Describe and critically assess the constitutional basis of the EU, the function of each EU institutional body and the law making process.
3. Critically analyse the impact of EU law on national legal systems and how the systems of EU and national law interact
4. Critically assess the social, economic and political perspectives that underlie developments in EU law.
5. Identify and critically appraise the fundamental freedom of movement principles that underlie EU Law
6. Solve legal problems by reference to case law and legislation

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial3Problem based discussion
Independent Study50Reading for lectures
Assignment Completion24Research and write-up
Independent Study24Exam revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative topics
Part I Constitutional and Institutional Law − European Integration-Constitutionalism, Sovereignty and Federalism − Sources and Nature of European Union Law-EU Legislation & The Supremacy of EU Law − EU Institutions − Law Making in the EU-Competence, Subsidiarity and Proportionality − General Principles of EU Law-Fundamantal Rights − Sovereignty and Federalism-The Effect of EU Law − Judicial Relations in the EU-Article 267 Part II Administrative Law − Accountability in the EU

Students will be expected (via the guidelines, links and suggested readings on Moodle) to read case law and legislation, academic articles and core texts; participate in class discussions and keep abreast of ongoing developments in this area of law.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Craig and DeBurca: 0, EU Law (latest ed),
  • Chalmers et al: 0, European Union Law (latest ed),
  • Fairhurst: 0, Law of the EU (latest ed),
Other Resources

36321, Websites, 0, www.europa.eu; http://eur-lex.europa.eu, 36322, Journals, 0, The Common Market Law Review; European Law Journal; European Law Review,
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HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
Date of Last Revision06-MAY-10

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