Short Title:European Union Law
Full Title:European Union Law
Module Code:ECON H4026
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:DAVID IRWIN
Module Description:To develop an understanding and application of the laws of the European Union
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Examine general sources and principles underpinning EU law
LO2 Analyse how the doctrines of direct effect and supremacy function.
LO3 Analyse the enforcement processs of EU law before national courts
LO4 Know how EU law eliminates pecuniary and non-pecuniary barriers to trade.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Sources of EU Law
Students will study the sources of EU Law including primary and secondary sources, case law,general legal principles and international agreements
The relationship of EU law to National law
This topic will include the study of the relationship between EU and Irish law. In particular, remedies in national courts for violation of EU law, (in)direct effects, and enforcement.
Enforcing EU Law
This topic will include an examine the doctrine of direct effect, supremacy, preliminary references, enforcement actions, and the judicial reciew process of the acts and omissions of EU bodies.
Free Movement of Goods
Students study the elimination of monetary barriers to trade, and the elimination of non-pecuniary barriers to trade.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment The assessment for this module will be a legal case study. The theme will either deal with freedom of movement, freedom of establishment and/or services. 2 30.00 Week 25
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
The reassessment of this module will be based on supplemental examination and continuous assessment- whichever is appropriate.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent Learning Reading from the prescribed text and appropriate resources identified on the module Moodle page 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecture Formal lectures within which students are afforded opportunities to evaluate legal case study work 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Bruce Carolan 2009, EU law for students in Ireland, 2nd Ed., Gill & MacMillan Dublin
  • Paul Craig & Grainne de Burca 2008, EU Law: Texts, Cases, and Materials, fourth or later Ed., Oxford University Press Oxford
  • Nigel Foster 2008, Blackstone's Statutes EU Treaties & Legislation, latest Ed., Oxford University Press Oxford
  • Karen Davies 2011, Understanding European Union Law, Fourth or later edition Ed., Routledge Oxford
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Selected readings will be made available on the Module Moodle website n/a
Other Resources
  • Moodle Website for this module: David Irwinn/a

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HEURS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies 8 Mandatory