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LAW20330

Academic Year 2022/2023

EU Constitutional Law (LAW20330)

Subject:
Law
College:
Social Sciences & Law
School:
Law
Level:
2 (Intermediate)
Credits:
5
Module Coordinator:
Dr Ramat Abudu
Trimester:
Autumn
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus
Internship Module:
No
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

The aim of this module is to give students a grounding in the institutional and constitutional framework of the European Union. European Union law is first put in its historical framework by considering the constitutional evolution of the European Union, including an analysis of the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon. The law relating to the institutions as this stands post-Lisbon is then analysed in some detail, beginning with the the political institutions (including analysis of the legislative process at European Union level). The institutional structure and operation of the Court of Justice of the European Union are also examined, as are the forms of litigation which come before the Court.

Various sources of European Union law are looked at: including Treaty articles, secondary legislation and general principles (including fundamental rights). The great doctrines of European Union law, such as the autonomy of European Union law, supremacy, direct effect, the interpretive obligation and state liability are looked at. European Union citizenship is also examined.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, the diligent student should (i) be familiar with and adept at using the technical terminology employed in European Union law; (ii) be familiar with the constitutional evolution of the Union, as well as its institutional structure and the operation of both its legislative and judicial processes; (iii) be familiar with the sources of Union law; (iv) understand the major doctrines of EU law and be familiar both with their significance, the case-law concerning them and the main controversies or difficulties associated with them; (v) have been exposed to EU citizenship law and (vi) have experienced learning both in large classes and working in small groups (tutorials).

Indicative Module Content:

1. THE CONSTITUTIONAL EVOLUTION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION - THIS MAY INCLUDE THE LAW OF THE EUROZONE AND/OR BREXIT
2. THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION I - THE POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
3. THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AT EUROPEAN UNION LEVEL
4. THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION II - THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE
5. LITIGATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
6. SOURCES OF EUROPEAN UNION LAW I - SECONDARY LEGISLATION
7. SOURCES O F EUROPEAN UNION LAW II- GENERAL PRINCIPLES
8. GREAT DOCTRINES OF EUROPEAN UNION LAW I: AUTONOMY, DIRECT EFFECT, SUPREMACY
9. GREAT DOCTRINES OF EUROPEAN UNION LAW II: STATE LIABILITY, INTERPRETATIVE OBLIGATION
10. CITIZENSHIP OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
11. THE PROTECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
12. THE ABSORPTION OF EUROPEAN UNION LAW INTO IRISH LAW

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

24

Tutorial

4

Autonomous Student Learning

100

Total

128


Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in the module include delivery of the main aspects of the course using lectures and associated student reading of legal provisions, articles and cases, plus formative problem resolution based on students working on problems, questions and/or articles assigned to them in tutorials.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
LAW41930 - Advanced EU Constitutional Law


 

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: Written examination (2 hour) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

100

No

Carry forward of passed components
No
 

Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

An explanation of what was being looked for in the examination question will be posted on Brightspace in the wake of the examination so that students will gain a better understanding of their grade.

Name Role
Lynn Clarke-Hearty Tutor
Benedetta Lobina Tutor