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General information

 

Course unit name: European Union Law

Course unit code: 362458

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Andreu Olesti Rayo

Department: Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Science, and Public International Law and International Relations

Credits: 6

Single program: N

 

 

Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150

 

Face-to-face and/or online activities

60

 

-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face

 

60

Supervised project

40

Independent learning

50

 

 

Competences to be gained during study

 

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Understanding of the institutional system and the complex forms of law production at the local, regional, national, European and international levels.

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Understanding of the diversity of legal systems in the work, the evolution of an international society and accompanying institutions, their impact on the creation of international and transnational legal norms, and the mechanisms by which these norms are observed in the Spanish legal system.

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Capacity to apply the different sources of legal knowledge: law, doctrine and jurisprudence.

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Understanding of and ability to apply the basic and specialized concepts of different branches of the legal system.

Learning objectives

 

Referring to knowledge

— Learn about the origins, evolution, organisational structure and legal system in the European Union, including its relationship with the Spanish legal system.

 

Referring to abilities, skills

— Gain an understanding of the use of law in the European Union, including treaties, law adopted by institutions, jurisprudence and its integration into the Spanish legal system.

 

Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Reflect on the values that are the basis of the European construction process, and the reciprocal influences of the participating states.

 

 

Teaching blocks

 

1. Formation, evolution and legal nature of the European Union

1.1. Origin of the process of European integration; basic structure and legal nature

1.2. Creation and evolution of the European Union

1.3. The purposes of the European Union; delimitation of powers between the European Union and states

1.4. The European citizen in the context of the process of European political integration

1.5. Member States; adhesion of new states

2. The organisational structure of the European Union

2.1. The institutional system in the European Union: the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Auditors

2.2. Other bodies: the Economic and Social Committee; the European Committee of the Regions; technical and consultative committees

3. Legal system of the European Union

3.1. Characteristics of law in the European Union

3.2. Primary law; secondary law; general principles

3.3. International law and convention activity

4. Application and control of European Union law

4.1. Relations between the legal system of the European Union and domestic legal systems; principle of direct effect; principle of primacy; state responsibility for non-compliance with European Union law

4.2. Application of European Union law in Spain; autonomous communities and European Union law

4.3. Enforcement of European Union law by the Court of Justice of the European Union; procedures; preliminary ruling

5. Objectives of the European integration process

5.1. Establishment of the internal market and freedoms of the European Union

5.2. Creation of the area of security, freedom and justice

5.3. External action of the European Union

 

 

Teaching methods and general organization

 

The teaching method used in this subject is based on the following three points:

— Lectures on the contents of the course plan.

— Practical classes.

— Activities and assignments proposed by the lecturers in their respective programmes.

Guided study groups follow the criteria established for this kind of teaching methodology. That is, students must prepare the course according to the recommended bibliography, the materials posted or indicated on the Virtual Campus, and the set exercises. Classes are designed to guide, strengthen and broaden the students’ learning process, which is basically independent in this kind of group. Classes are mainly based on completing and discussing exercises (particularly case studies) that focus on the main topics in the programme. In addition, they are used to explain more complex issues and resolve any doubts or questions raised by students. 

 

 

Official assessment of learning outcomes

 

Continuous assessment

In addition to the assessed activities, lecturers can take into account other evidence of learning outcomes and the student’s progress to improve the mark obtained in assessments and the final examination. This is particularly relevant if the mark for the final examination is higher than that obtained in the continuous assessment activities.

Groups M1, M2, M3, T1, T2

Attendance of face-to-face sessions is compulsory. However, attendance is mainly checked in practical sessions. Lecturers may establish the minimum percentage of practical classes that students must attend. The activities considered to assess the learning outcomes are:

— Written exercises on the theory contents of the subject. These account for 20% of the final grade.

— Practical sessions to discuss documents and case studies in group classes. This section includes reading material and other activities that the lecturer may propose. If students have completed all practical classes and the other planned activities, they are given an overall mark for these activities. Several elements are assessed, with a weighting determined by the lecturer. The main elements considered are attendance of face-to-face sessions; active, meaningful participation (including the quality of oral expression); written assignments set before or after the classes (including the quality of written expression). These account for 30% of the final grade.

— A written final examination on the knowledge that has been gained. This accounts for 50% of the final grade. To pass the course, students have to pass the written examination, regardless of the weighted value.

Students who have failed continuous assessment may repeat assessment. The grade obtained in the repeat assessment examination is the final grade recorded on the student’s transcript.

Group M4

Attendance of face-to-face sessions is compulsory.

The following activities are assessed:

— 1st test (30%): 10 questions, with an appendix of materials that must be used in the answers.

— 2nd test (30%): 5 questions and one long-answer question, with an appendix of materials that must be used in the answers.

— Final examination (40%): 2 long-answer questions with an annex of materials that should be used in the answers. To pass the course, students have to pass the written examination, regardless of the weighted value.

The exam consists of two long-answer questions. The mark obtained in the repeat assessment is the final grade.

Group M5

Attendance of face-to-face sessions is compulsory. Five activities must be completed: two multiple-choice tests (30% of the final grade), two case studies (30% of the final grade) and a final exam (40% of the final grade). Students have the opportunity to complete additional optional assignments during the course. Attendance, participation and complementary assignments can improve the final grade.

The repeat assessment examination consists of long-answer questions on the whole course content. The mark obtained in the repeat assessment is the final grade, notwithstanding the right to choose the cumulative average grade resulting from continuous assessment activities if it is higher than the repeat assessment grade.

 

Language quality clause

Any submission for continuous assessment, final examination or single assessment, face-to-face or otherwise, that does not meet the minimum linguistic requirements in terms of spelling, syntax and vocabulary may be given a Fail, regardless of the content (with a maximum score of 4).

 

Examination-based assessment

Groups M1, M2, M3, T1, T2

Students who chose the single assessment must sit, on the date set in the Student Handbook, an examination on the areas covered in the syllabus. It consists of a written examination on the whole contents of the course. The minimum mark required to pass the examination is five (5). Students who have failed the final examination may choose to repeat assessment under the conditions previously established.

Group M4

Students following single assessment must sit a final examination in which they must prove that they have obtained the general and specific competences, the learning objectives, and have a sound knowledge of the content of the syllabus. The examination consists of four questions (50%) and a practical case (50%); with an appendix of materials that must be used in the answers.The repeat assessment examination has the same structure as the final examination.

Group M5

Students following single assessment must sit a final examination that has three parts: a multiple-choice test (25% of the final grade), two essay questions (50% of the final grade) and a case study (25% of the final grade).

Students who have failed the final examination may choose to repeat assessment under the conditions previously established.

Guided study group

In addition to the final examination, students must complete a mid-term test, the content and format of which is established by the lecturer in their programme of activities. The mid-term examination and the final exam have the following impact on the final grade:

Mid-term exam: consists of a written test according to the instructions included in the lecturer’s programme of activities. It is worth 50% of the final grade. Students who pass this test (a mark of 5 or above) will not be re-examined on the material that it contains.

— Final examination: this is worth 100% of the final grade for students who did not take the mid-term examination (in this case it covers all of the course material) or 50% for students who passed the mid-term examination (who are only tested on material that was not covered in the mid-term examination). In all cases, a mark of at least five (5) must be obtained in the final examination to pass the subject.

Students who fail the subject are entitled to repeat assessment of the final examination. In this case, they must take an examination on the whole contents of the subject, regardless of the mark they obtained in the mid-term exam.

 

End-of-degree examination

The end-of-degree examination consists of a written test to determine the student’s knowledge of all the course contents included in the teaching blocks.

 

Language quality clause

Any continuous assessment activity, final exam or single assessment examination, face-to-face or distance, that does not meet the minimum requirements of linguistic accuracy in terms of spelling, grammar and terminology may be given a Fail, regardless of the content (with a maximum mark of 4).

 

 

Reading and study resources

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Book

Abellán Honrubia, Victoria., Vila Costa, Blanca. (dir.): Lecciones de Derecho Comunitario
Europeo, Ariel Derecho, 6ª edición, 2011  EnllaƧ

Abellán Honrubia, Victoria, Vila Costa, Blanca; Piñol. Joan Lluis (dir.): Prácticas de Derecho
Comunitario Europeo, Tecnos, 2ª edición, Madrid, 2003  EnllaƧ

Aldecoa Luzárraga, Francisco: La integración europea. Análisis histórico-institucional
con textos y documentos. Vol. II: Génesis y desarrollo de la Unión Europea
(1979-2002), Tecnos, Madrid, 2002  EnllaƧ

Alonso García, Ramon,  Sistema Jurídico de la Unión Europea, 3a edición, Civitas, Madrid, 2014  EnllaƧ

Andrés Sáenz de Santa María, Paz, González Vega, Javier, Fernández Pérez, Bernardo:
Introducción al Derecho de la Unión Europea, Eurolex, 3ª edición, Madrid,
2003

Beneyto Pérez, José Maria (dir.): Tratado de Derecho y Políticas de la Unión Europea. Tomo I: Desarrollo histórico y caracteres básicos de la Unión Europea. Naturaleza, valores, principios y competencias, Aranzadi, 2009  EnllaƧ

Bernad y Álvarez de Eulate, Maximiliano; Salinas Alcega, Sergio; Tirado Robles, Carmen, Instituciones y Derecho de la Unión Europea, Zaragoza: Realizaciones, Informes y Ediciones Europa S.L., 2003  EnllaƧ

Calvo Hornero, Antonia: Fundamentos de la Unión Europea, 2a ed., Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces, Madrid, 2011  EnllaƧ

Craig & De Burca, EU Law, Oxford University Press, 2011  EnllaƧ

Danielle, Luigi: Diritto dell’Unione Europea. Sistema instituzionale, ordinamiento, tutela giurisdizionale, competenze, Dott. A. Giuffre, Milán, 2018

De Quadros, Fausto: Droit de l’Union européenne. Droit constitutionnel et administratif de l’Union européenne, Bruylant, Bruselas, 2008

Díez Moreno, Fernando: Manual de Derecho de la Unión Europea. Revisada, puesta al día y adaptada al Tratado de Lisboa, Civitas, 5ª edición, 2009  EnllaƧ

Escobar Hernández, Concepción (dir.): Instituciones de Derecho Comunitario, Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia, 2006  EnllaƧ

Fernández Liesa, Carlos R., Díaz Barrado, Cástor Miguel: El Tratado de Lisboa. Análisis y perspectivas, Dykinson, Madrid, 2008  EnllaƧ

Fernández Tomás, Antonio; Forcada Barona, Ignacio; Huesa Vinaixa, Rosario; Sánchez Legido, Angel: Instituciones de Derecho Comunitario Europeo, Tirant Lo Blanch, 2ª edición, València, 2000.

Girón Larrucea, J.: Sistema jurídico de la Unión Europea. La reforma realizada en el Tratado de Lisboa, Tirant lo Blanch, 2008

Isaac, Guy: Droit général de l’Union Européenne, Editions Sirey, Paris, 2006.

Linde Paniagua, Enrique: Principios de Derecho de la Unión Europea, Colex, 4ª edición, Madrid, 2011

Mangas Martín, Araceli, Liñán Nogueras, Diego Javier: Instituciones y Derecho de la Unión Europea, Tecnos, 9ª edición, Madrid, 2016.

Martín y Pérez de Nanclares, Jose (dir): El Tratado de Lisboa. La salida de la
crisis constitucional. Iustel, Madrid, 2008

McCormick, J.: Understanding the European Union: A concise introduction, Palgrave, Hampshire, 2008

Mellado Prado, P.; Linde Paniagua, E.; Gómez de Liaño, M.; Instituciones de Derecho Comunitario, Madrid: Colex, 2009.

Ortega Álvarez, Luis (dir.): Derecho Comunitario Europeo, Editorial Lex Nova, 2007

Sánchez, Victor M. (coord.): Lecciones de Derecho de la Unión Europea, JM
Bosch, 2008.

Steiner, Jo.: EU Law, Oxford University Press, 10ª edición, 2009.

Truyol y Serra, Antonio: La integración europea. Análisis histórico-institucional con textos y documentos. Vol I: Génesis y desarrollo de la Comunidad Europea (1951-1979), Tecnos, Madrid, 1999.

Alcaide Fernández, Joaquin; Casado Raigón, Rafael  (coords.), Curso de Derecho de la Unión Europea, Ed. Tecnos, 2ª ed., Madrid, 2014