LWMTEI-The European Internal Market and Economic Governance

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Alina Tryfonidou

Email: a.tryfonidou@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module seeks to explore the key elements of the core area of EU Internal Market Law. In particular, it examines the legal underpinnings of the European Internal Market focusing on its commercial aspects, by studying in detail the law governing the free movement of goods, persons (as economic actors), services and capital within the EU. Account will be taken of the broader aims of the European integration project, in particular the balance between its "economic" and "social" objectives.

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the substantive law of the EU, focusing on the law of the European internal market. In addition to providing a thorough examination of the four freedoms, the module aims at encouraging reflection on the influence and methodology of the ECJ in this area of EU law, the concept of (positive and negative) harmonisation, the tensions between regulation and the achievement of a free market, the interminable struggle between EU and Member State regulatory competence, as well as issues of European economic governance.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
•Demonstrate an understanding and an ability to critically evaluate the nature of the internal market;
•Critically assess the core freedoms within the internal market;
•Evaluate the role that discrimination and market access plays within the Court's internal market case law.

Additional outcomes:
In addition to those listed in the School’s ‘core skills statement’, the module will encourage the development of:
•high-level oral communication skills developed through reflective, analytical class discussion
•high-level writing skills through close and critical analysis of the relevant literature
•advanced critical reading and research skills in relation to both primary and secondary sources.

Outline content:

1 Introduction to the European Internal Market
2 Taxation and Customs duties
3 Free Movement of Goods 1
4 Free Movement of Goods 2
5 Free Movement of Capital
6 Free Movement of Workers I (employed and the self-employed)
7 Free Movement of Workers II (employed and the self-employed)
8 Free Movement of Services (including the Services Directive)
9 Free Movement of Companies
10 Conclusions and Presentations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching in this module is designed to provide students with a range of resources on which they can draw in their learning. The main elements are:
A list of required and recommended readings, with notes and questions that will be used to guide class discussion and reflection.

Ten weekly seminar classes of 2 hours each.

Assessed work will be used to develop students’ skills and knowledge.
An electronic discussion board will be available for students enrolled in this module. Where there are Faculty or School seminars relevant to the area then students in the module will be encouraged to attend and given the opportunity to discuss the issues with visiting academic presenters.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: 1 assessed essay of 15 pages (formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules).

Formative assessment methods:
1 optional non-assessed essay (5 pages)

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme Handbook

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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