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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedPrato Trimester 2 2011 (Day)


The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the law of the European Union (EU). The unit introduces students to the history and governance of the European Union and helps them examine and understand the constitution and institutions of the EU as well as selected issues of substantive European law. The unit will introduce students to the fundamental aspects of the legal system of the European Union (incl. role of institutions, fundamental principles, law-making procedures, enforcement). Students will also gain an understanding of substantive European law through the study of e.g. the free movement of goods and workers and competition law.
This unit may be offered wholly in Prato or in Prato, followed by a study tour of key EU institutions.

Unit quota
The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. appreciate and assess the historical development of European integration and the ideological, political and economic factors shaping this development;
  2. understand and explain the current constitutional structures of the EU: the composition, role and functions of the EU's main institutions, principles and procedures governing law-making, enforcement mechanisms and available judicial remedies;
  3. understand and analyse important areas of substantive European law, such as the single European market, and how such law relates to the basic aims and objectives of the EC/EU;
  4. critically discuss the interactions between the EU and national legal orders, the EU's role in the world and the most topical challenges currently facing the EU.


Class presentation and/or discussion: 10%; research essay: 30% (1,500 words) (optional); examination: 60% - 2 hrs (plus 30 minutes reading and noting time) with the optional essay OR 90% - 3 hrs (plus 30 minutes reading and noting time) without the optional essay.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Heli Askola