Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Term 3 2014 (On-campus block of classes)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit provides an introduction to the European Union (EU) and its relations with the world. The unit introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the EU's legal system (legal structures, principles, institutions, law-making procedures, enforcement mechanisms, etc). The unit then examines the EU's core economic law and policies, including the single market and competition policy. The unit also investigates the EUs relations with the world, including the EU's treaty-making powers, trade policy (notably in the WTO) and the ongoing attempts to create a common EU foreign and security policy.


This unit is designed for Australian and other non-European Union (EU) lawyers who, for professional or academic reasons, seek an introduction to the law and policy of the European Union. At the end of the unit students will be familiar with the legal structures and governance of the European Union, the engine of the European integration project, the single market, and the EU's relations with the rest of the world.


Research essay (5250 words): 70%
Take-home Exam (2250 words): 30%

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Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)