What you will study
This module explores the Law of the European Union (EU law) by focusing on differing themes. What makes this module unique is the perspective and structure. It will be different to other courses teaching EU law as the inspiration and intention is to teach the differing topics from a European perspective rather than from a UK perspective. This way, you will be given a more in depth view of EU law, with reference to the UK’s legal system where expected and needed. The organisation around themes will mean that the average approach to the teaching of European Union Law will be avoided. Principles such as direct effect and subsidiarity will be taught in a topical context to engage you in a lively discussion with your fellow students and the module team right from the beginning.
In addition to being taught the different aspects of EU law, you'll also be given various opportunities to apply and critical evaluate the law with and without reference to the UK’s legal system.
This module is presented in four blocks, each of which includes three units.
Block 1: Introduction to the framework
This block introduces the historic background of the European Union, as well as the institutions, principles and the law-making processes. The first unit of this module will introduce you to the module and the law, and also support your learning journey of EU law as a glossary. This first unit will therefore be unique as it will be structured according to key terms without necessarily have an overarching topical thread running through it.
Block 2: Principles and people
This block will add more to the aspects of EU law covered in Block one by introducing the single market and exploring citizenship as well as the EU’s approach towards discrimination.
Block 3: Free movement and politics
This block goes into even more depth and invites you to analyse the free movement provisions in detail as well as exploring the EU’s approach to policy making.
Block 4: European Union law in close-up,
This block will then add some more flesh to the bones of the EU structure you will have explored so far. Here you'll be engaging with topical discussions in environmental and competition law, while also looking at consumer rights.
Parallel to these units, you are going to explore the EU’s judiciary by following a case study. This study will be running parallel to the module content just mentioned, starting in your study week six. You'll be exploring one specific case decided by an EU court by following a series of activities on the Open Studio platform. Some of these activities will ask you to share your results with fellow students to allow and facilitate lively discussions and encourage peer review and feedback.
The delivery of content via the module website will be supported by online and face to face learning events. The face to face events are going to be delivered in the form of three day schools, which are spread across the module to prepare you directly for the various assessment points. There will be online equivalents for those events as well as additional online sessions supporting your skill development in certain areas.
You will learn
After studying this module you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- concepts, rules and principles of European Union Law
- social, political, economic and historic dimensions of European Union Law
You should also be able to identify, apply and critically analyse:
- principles of European Union law
- different legal and policy arguments with relation to European Union law as articulated in public discourse, academic debate, case law and legal scholarship
This module forms an essential part of the qualifying law degree as core module. It, therefore, forms and integral part of the academic stage of legal training. In that sense, it gives students the option of further pursuing a career as a legal practitioner. Law is also recognised as a beneficial degree in sectors other than legal practice.
As a core module for the attainment of the LLB QLD at The Open University Law School, this module is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).