European Studies: European Union Law

Course - first cycle - 7.5 credits

Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
ES121L revision 4
Swedish name:
Europastudier: EU-rätt
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
European Studies
Date of ratification:
25 November 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
26 March 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
25 November 2016

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Civics 1b / 1a1 +1a2. Or: Civics A, English B. General entry requirement (with the exemption of Swedish language) and specific entry requirement of English B from Swedish upper secondary school (A6/6), or equivalent.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main field of study European studies at the 1-30 credit level and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Bachelor, main field of study European Studies.


The aim of this course is to convey basic knowledge about the European Union as a legal system, and how this system affects the supranational institutions, member states and citizens, as well as EU’s relations to third parties outside the Union. The course will provide basic training to identify and solve legal questions through the collection of relevant juridical material, knowledge about previous practice and analysis of this material. The course will also include training in basic juridical argumentation.


The course begins by introducing the legal foundation of the European Union, focusing on the historical and political contexts of its legal framework This is followed by the processing of a number of central areas in EU law, such as norm hierarchy, how EU’s legal regulations relate to each other, and EU law in relation to national laws. Further, the fundamental legal principles of EU law, as well as different legal areas, for example the internal market, will be examined.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, the student shall be able:

  1. To show knowledge and understanding of the foundations of EU law, and how different legal regulation relate to other legislation and legal systems;
  2. To show ability to identify, formulate and solve legal problems involving the application of EU law, within given time frames;
  3. To show ability, orally and in writing, to legally argue and account for the valuation and analysis of these problems and assignments.

Learning activities

Applied exercises
Individual studies


Take home exam 7,5 credits

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

- Foster, Nigel, EU Law directions, Oxford University Press.
- + extra material up to 300 pages.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English.