Legal Foundations of the EU

Subject 730-337 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Approximately 50 hours of lectures
Total Time Commitment: 120 +/- 24 hours
Prerequisites: Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Constitutional Law or in each case their equivalents.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof J Weiler
Subject Overview: This subject aims to provide students with an in-depth analysis of the legal and institutional structures of the European Union (EU). It considers both the constitutional architecture of the EU and the laws regulating the functions of its internal market, particularly in respect to services. The subject analyses the effect of reforms introduced by the Treaty of Nice and draft ‘Constitution of Europe' and examines issues including fundamental rights, the competence of the EU, the complexities of citizenship, direct effect, supremacy and the EU's relationship with external actors focusing on the World Trade Organisation.
Assessment: Take-home examination 5000 words. To be completed over a weekend.
Prescribed Texts: Printed Materials will be issued by the Faculty of Law
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Critical thinking
  • High quality oral and written communication skills
  • the capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources
  • the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection
  • the capacity to plan and manage time
  • the capacity to participate as a member of a team
  • intercultural sensitivity and understanding

In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:

  • analysis of case and statute materials
  • Understanding of policy and philosophical perspectives on legal issues

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