This course provides an introduction to and critical overview of the legal system of the European Union and the processes of European integration. It is intended to provide students with a deep insight into the internal structure and functioning of the EU and the integrative processes that have contributed to this. The course also considers the role of the EU as a global actor, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach examining selected topics in constitutional and substantive law from a range of political, economic and social perspectives. The course will also provide students with the opportunity, where appropriate, to draw comparisons with the Australian federal system and local approaches to substantive law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Consistent with student-centred learning, the course is directed towards achieving the following student learning outcomes:
• the acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the institutional structure of the EU, the principles of European law and integration and the ability to demonstrate understanding of the development of these principles;
• the acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the EU as a global actor, the relationship of the Member States and the EU institutions and the EU’s engagement with third countries, regions and international organisations;
• the ability to critically evaluate the institutional structure of the EU; its engagement as a global actor; the nature and consequences of European law and integration; and at least one area of EU policy.
Students who fully satisfy the assessment requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills to:
• explain the institutional structure of the EU and the nature of the relationship between the Member States and the EU institutions;
• explain succinctly the nature of the EU’s engagement with third countries, regions and international organisations;
• compare, contrast and reflect on the nature and consequences of European integration;
• critically evaluate at least one chosen area of EU policy.
Indicative AssessmentResearch Strategy Report (2 500 words)
Research Paper (5 000 words)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9868||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|