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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module LAW40130: EU Trade Law

Department: Law

LAW40130: EU Trade Law

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap
Tied to M1K116
Tied to M1K516
Tied to M1K316


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide a study of how EU Law on the Free Movement of Goods Services and the Freedom of Establishment governs the single European Market and its relationship to the national laws of members states.


  • A general historical introduction to the common market /single European market/internal market
  • The substantive laws (EU Treaty provisions, secondary legislation and general principles developed by the ECJ) governing the free movement of goods, services and the freedom of establishment.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students should:
  • learn the main rules and principles that make up the Law of the EU on Free movement of Goods Services and the Freedom of Establishment
  • understand the relationship of these rules and principles to the national laws of member states
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students should be able to:
  • describe and apply the above rules and principles
  • critically evaluate those rules and principles
  • understand the debates and controversies these rules and principles generate
Key Skills:
  • understanding of complex materials
  • ability to describe accurately and comprehensibly the arguments and analysis of other commentators

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The teaching will be based on Socratic seminars supported by substantial but targeted reading assignments before each seminar session. The readings are selected from both established doctrinal sources as well as cutting-edge scholarship in the area. The seminars will work from a basic level of doctrinal knowledge and build on that foundation into discussions of more difficult and controversial issues within the sub-discipline. This will encourage students to learn the material and develop the ability to discuss it and understand where each aspect of the reading fits in with the relevant debates.
  • The elements of assessment complement one another and support the aims of the teaching methods. The exam will assess the extent to which students have developed an overall grasp of the subject matter and issues, and can discuss challenging problems emerging in the sub-discipline. The essay will assess the ability of the students not only to analyse the subject material, but to perform research in the sub-discipline, and present a structured, articulate argument on the subject.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 15 Weekly-with some reading weeks 2 hours 30
Student preparation and reading time associated with formative and summative assessed essays or other assignments 270
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
examination 3 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

One assignment of 2000 words.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University