Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU50355 Law of the European Union
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Aims: The aim of this unit is to familiarise students with key aspects of the law of the European Union so as to inform and underpin their work in the translation and interpreting units.
Students who complete the unit successfully will be able to demonstrate an appropriate knowledge and understanding of these topics in their translation and interpreting activities.
The emphasis in this unit is on developing:
* the intellectual skill required to assimilate a potentially complex and unfamiliar body of information;
* the transferable key skills of listening, analysing information and relating this to data and materials that are likely to be encountered in other contexts;
* the practical ability to deploy a functional knowledge of EU law as part of professional language work.
The unit deals with the nature of EU legislation and the legislative process and explores a number of concepts specific to EU law, looking in particular at the function of the European Court of Justice. It will include a case-study tracking the progress of a case to and through the ECJ and also examine EU law in the context of enlargement of the Union. There will be a discussion of the development of environmental law and of European law in relation to human rights, including the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. Students are expected to do appropriate background reading.