LAW07022 2016 European Law

General Details

Full Title
European Law
Transcript Title
European Law
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ruth Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_BINTR_J07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Business in International Marketing Erasmus

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the various political and judicial institutions of the European Union. This subject also aims to provide students with knowledge of the key principles and procedures of European law and to develop their capacities to enable them apply legal concepts and legal reasoning to a range of activities confronted in the business environment. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the principle institutions of the European Union;


Analyse the system of administration of justice, and in particular the role of the European Court of Justice, within the European Union;


Evaluate the effectiveness of the principle of free movement of workers within the European Union;


Analyse the legislative measures in place and case law in relation to the free movement of goods within the European Union;


Recognise key factors which will influence decision making within a legal environment;


Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and work effectively with peers.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered by lecture and tutorial support as appropriate. The learner will be supported in developing an understanding of the theory and key principles in this area and how these apply in the commercial environment. Reference will be made to case study material to support this objective.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by Continuous Assessment (40%) during the semester and by an end of semester exam (60%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will be developed as appropriate to assess failed elements.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

1.     The Historical Development of the European Union

  • The evolution of the European Union;
  • The Separation of Powers and the European Union supranational framework;
  • The key treaties of the European Union;
  • The key political and judicial institutions of the European Union;
  • The importance of the European Union in relation to Member States' legal syatems.

2.     The Legal Environment

  • The main sources of European Union law;
  • Primary and secondary legislation;
  • The doctrine of supremacy of European Union law over national law;
  • The principles of horizontal and vertical direct effect.

3.     Simulated Meeting

  • Simulated meetings of the European Commission and the Council of Ministers.

4.      Free Movement of Workers

  • The legislative framework governing the free movement of workers;
  • The rights of entry, residence and employment to which a worker and his family are entitled to in another Member State;
  • The limitations which exist in relation to the free movement of workers.

 5.    Rights of European Union Citizens

  • Key rights of European Union citizens;
  • Refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union.

Free Movement of Goods

  • The prohibition of quantative restrictions on imports and measures having equivalent effect;
  • The categories which justify derogation from quantative restrictions.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case Study , Simulated Meeting performance, Exam, Other Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 9 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Weekly activities in class such as question and answer sessions, class discussion, case studies etc. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Class based instruction. 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

"European Law" by Bruce Carolan - Gill & Macmillan;

"Understanding European Union Law" by Karen Davies - Routledge Cavendish;

"Essential Questions in EU Law" by August Reinisch - Cambridge University Press;

"European Law, Law Society of Ireland" - Oxford University Press;

"Understanding the European Union" - John McCormick - Palgrave Macmillan;

Ever Closer Union - Desmond Dinan - Palgrave Macmillan.


URL Resources

Various legal, government and European websites such as:;;


Additional Information