LAW07063 0000 European Union Law

General Details

Full Title
European Union Law
Transcript Title
EU Law
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
0000 - The Beginning of Time
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, John Weir, Ruth Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_GLAWB_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business

The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with an overview of the workings of the European Union and the legal and constitutional implications of Ireland's membership. The learner will be introduced to the various political and judicial institutions of the European Union. This module will provide the learner with knowledge of the key principles (especially the four fundamental freedoms) and procedures of European Union Law. The module will provide them with the tools necessary to recognise and apply EU Law in situations that might be encountered in a business environment.

Learning Outcomes

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


Compare and contrast the principle institutions of the European Union and understand the complex relationship between them.


Explore the effect of EU membership on Ireland and its system of administration of justice and in particular the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Analyse the sources of European Union Law, the doctrine of supremacy and direct effect.


Evaluate the effectiveness of the principles of free movement of workers within the European Union.


Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and work effectively with peers.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centered active learning. This module will be delivered by a mixture of face to face, online delivery and tutorial support as appropriate.  A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CALL) packages are available to support this module (e.g. Moodle, Adobe Connect, Panopto, Teams). 

Discussion, communication and team working skills will be nurtured throughout the module, where students will have space and the support to articulate and present on their ideas within the learning environment.

Learners will also have the opportunity of learning through the preparation for, and participation in, a simulated meeting of one of the European Institutions (Council of Ministers).

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will participate actively in their own learning and have the opportunity to reflect on their learning progress through Continuous Assessment (40%) throughout the semester. Assessments may vary from a quiz, case study, simulation meeting, exam, other. Feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis.

Students will also have the opportunity to reflect on their learning progress throughout the semester through formative assessments such as in-class discussions, polls and quizzes.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment/exam will be developed as appropriate to assess failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

1.     The Historical Development of the European Union

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

2.     The Legal Environment

  • The main sources of European Union law;
  • The doctrine of supremacy of European Union law;
  • The principles of horizontal and vertical direct effect.

3.     Simulated Meeting

  • Simulated meeting 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.


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 Quiz, Case study, Simulated Meeting, Exam, Other. Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom In class learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Online Lecture Online Online learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
Essential Questions in EU Law Cambridge University Press

Required Reading
Europe in 12 lessons Publications Office of the EU

Required Reading
2004 EU Law for Irish Students Gill & MacMillan
ISBN 0717131076 ISBN-13 9780717131075

An extremely accessible textbook on EU Law which simplifies a great deal of technical and complex material and demystifies significant elements of EU Law.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Journal Resources

Law Society Gazette

Irish Employment Law Journal

Irish Law Times

Irish Journal of European Law

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Other Resources
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