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European Law

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If you are interested in European Law, or need to know its basic principles, then this is the module for you.

You will examine relevant directives, regulations and case law from the European Court of Human Justice in order to make an informed and critical assessment of how European Law works in practice.

This course is suitable for persons who wish to gain an understanding of the operation and effect of European law on the law of England and Wales.

This is a 10 credit module for the Pathway to a degree in International Relations and Politics.

Learning and teaching

There will be lectures, classroom debate and group workshops. In addition, the tutor may suggest that you read certain newspaper and journal articles, and consult certain internet websites.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills that you have acquired. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. The Centre's methods are designed to increase your confidence, much effort having been expended on devising ways of assessing that are enjoyable and suitable for adults leading busy lives.

Assessment for this module is by means of a class test and a written assignment.

Reading suggestions

For this course, the following books are recommended:

  • T. Kennedy: Learning European Law: a primer and vade-mecum (Sweet and Maxwell, 1998)
  • P. S. R. F. Mathijsen: A Guide to European Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 1972; 7th edition, 1999)
  • J. Hanlon: European Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2nd edition, 2000) The tutor will suggest further titles, as appropriate.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.