SOAS University of London

School of Law

Introduction to EU Law

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2

This module offers an introduction to European Union law including the history of EU integration, the EU institutional framework, its law-making process, and the law of the internal market und the monetary union. It will also provide an overview of the Court of Justice's role as a motor of integration, the major doctrines of European Community law, and analysis of the legal argumentation of the Court of Justice in many key decisions in the main areas of EU law Particular attention will be given to the Court of Justice's pro-Union interpretative approach which is based on the premise that EU integration is a dynamic process with the internal market at its heart. The idea that integration is the very purpose of the EU has had significant implications for politics and law-making throughout the Member States. Ever further integration has posed new and unprecedented challenges for democratic government, which remain unresolved and have gained importance.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Have a systematic understanding of the key aspects of {e.g. Tort Law}, including knowledge of contemporary debates and leading scholarship in the field
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different methods used in analysing and arguing about {Tort Law} and critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field
  • Have developed the conceptual tools to develop and defend arguments or solve problems using the key argumentative and methodological techniques within the field
  • Be able to engage with cutting edge scholarship and debates in the field of {Tort Law} and appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of both the key rules and principles in the field, and their own understanding of them
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly material and primary sources relevant to the field
  • Have the ability to apply the methods and techniques that they learn to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Be able to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions and concepts, to make judgements and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution (or suggest a range of solutions) to a problem
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate their understanding of {Tort Law} to both specialist and non-s audiences
  • They will have also gained a number of transferable skills necessary for employment, including the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex contexts; the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


  • Weekly 2 hour lecture
  • 1 hour tutorial (please see syllabus for details of when tutorials are scheduled)

Method of assessment

  • Unseen written exam : 70% (3 hours)
  • Essay: 20% (2000 words)
  • Seminar participation: 10%

Suggested reading

  • Damian Chalmers, European Union Law – Text and Materials, CUP 2014
  • Gunnar Beck, The Legal Reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU, Bloomsbury Publishing 2013.
  • Eeckhout, Piet: EU External Relations Law, Second Edition, Oxford: OUP,2013


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