EU Law in Brief (EU-F)

Course description

In the course EU Law in Context, we focus on understanding the general concepts underlying EU law, such as market integration, institutions and internal market freedoms. Emphasis is placed in harmonisation of laws across the EU, which resulted in the shift from a purely economic union to a social one.

Learning objective/Course Aim
After successful completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to:
- Independently apply basic EU principles; - Identify relevant legal issues and facts in different contexts;
- Compare solutions on certain legal issues existing in the legal system of the students' home countries as well as in the EU, and to independently investigate the reasons behind the differences;
- Critically assess, evaluate and present different solutions for various types of legal matters; in English, both orally and in writing, independently and in groups.

An attendance requirement must be met in order to obtain a final grade. You need to attend 2/3 of the lectures, in addition to attending the final exam. Exemptions can be made only in exceptional cases e.g. when a medical certificate can justify a special treatment. In this case, the student shall be responsible for completing an additional assignment.

The course is intended for foreign students enrolled in an exchange programme at the Department of Law or in the Stockholm Business School Summer programme at Stockholm University.

Course description
The course consists of two basic learning activities; (a) lectures where the lecturer provides the tools for studying a specific area of EU law, and (b) active participations of students in a form of short presentation of their written assignments.

The first lecture will provide students with general overview of EU law. The following lectures will be in the below described form. The lectures will start with a short overview of what will be the subject of the lecture, following a short summary of what was thought on the previous lecture. After that, the students, which will be divided into four groups, will present what they have read and written in their assignments. Each group will be given a part of the prescribed reading and each student is required to write a short paper on what he or she had read. The short oral presentation will be given by the entire group. This will be followed by a lecture on the topic. You are welcome to ask for clarifications and to raise additional questions at the lectures.

Each student will be given an assignment based upon part of the assigned reading for the lectures. The specific reading will be provided depending on the students´ allocated group. The assignment is to be written and handed in individually before the lecture. The assignment is linked with a specific case. The assignment should answer the following questions, (a) what were the facts of the case, (b) what was the legal basis for the question, (c) what were the questions, (d) what did the court answer.

The purpose of the assignment is to develop the experience of actively analysing and presenting a subject in some depth rather than passively responding to lecturing in the subject.

The student will, in their respective group, during the lecture, give an oral presentation of the case analysis. Each group will be given 5 minute (approx.) to introduce the class to what they have read and written about. This is to develop the skill of summarizing and presenting the essence of a case which is essential in professional life after university.

Footnotes are expected. Furthermore, the assignment should be written in 1½ spaced; font Times New Roman, size 12; and 2,5 cm margins. The page number limit is one page.

Final exam is divided in two parts, a written one and an oral one. The written part of the exam consists of a short written assignment of maximum 4 pages, which each student writes individually. Each student can choose to write the assignment pertaining to one of the four market freedoms (free movement of goods, services, workers and capital). The written assignment should be handed in by August 9, 2017. The assignments are then distributed to other students. Each student is paired with another student, and is obliged to read his or her assignment. The oral part consists a pair of students where one is presenting his or her assignment (approx. 5 to 10 minutes) and the other student is opposing the assignment with constructive feedback (approx. 5 minutes). This is followed by a general discussion (approx. 5 minutes). Each student is expected to both present and oppose the allocated assignment.

The Lectures are based on active participation and are graded pass/fail in reference to the learning outcomes stipulated above in the present Syllabus. In the event a student does not meet the minimum of 2/3 passed lectures the student is required to write an additional assignment. Active participation is 15% of the grade.

The Assignment to be written and presented at the lecture is graded pass/fail. A passed assignment is required for taking the final exam. An additional assignment is required in the case of a failed assignment. The assignment is 25% of the grade.

The Final exam to be written and presented, as well as the opposition, at the final lecture is graded pass/fail. A passed final exam is required for finishing the class. The final exam is 60% of the grade.

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Course title:
EU Law in Brief
Semester: Spring term 2017
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Credits: 3.0
Language of instruction: English


Course contact:
Course coordinator:
Sandra Fagerlund
Shirin Shams
Madelene Henriksgård
Course manager:
Branka Marusic