Syllabus

Title
0437 European Law and Economics
Instructors
Dr. Katrin Forgo
Contact details
  • Type
    PI
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
09/16/19 to 10/02/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/07/19 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM TC.4.27
Thursday 10/17/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.05
Friday 10/18/19 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM TC.4.03
Saturday 10/19/19 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM D3.0.225
Thursday 11/07/19 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM D3.0.233

Contents

Contents - General Outline

The Preparatory Seminar "European Law and Economics" covers both legal and economic aspects of European Integration. Therein it corresponds to the increasingly pluri- and interdisciplinary requirements of the present business world.

In particular, the course will deal with the following subjects:
- Key European Law Principles (main focus),
- The Institutional Framework of the EU (main focus),
- The Decision Making Process at the European Level (main focus),
- Introduction to the European Single Market,
- Introduction to the European Monetary Union (EMU),
- Possibly also some considerations on world trade/WTO.

While it is possible (and perfectly fine) to attend this course on its own, participants may also wish to attend “Advanced Issues of European Business Law“ (# 1411). Taken together, both courses form the elective subject “European Economic Law”. Please note: It is possible to attend both courses in the same semester!

PLEASE NOTE that the course "Advanced Issues of European Business Law" will presumably not be offered in summer term 2020.

What is an elective subject? Within the framework of their studies, regular WU students have to choose out of several "elective subjects" with "European Economic Law" being one of them.

Learning outcomes

General Remarks

A key element of the business environment is its legal framework. In this context, European law should be mentioned in particular. Substantial changes to the business environment, all of which result from European law (e.g. the Single Market and European Monetary Union), as well as the wide range of EU activities (a large majority of all legislative acts valid within the Member States of the European Union is of "EU origin") demonstrate that a profound knowledge of European law constitutes a vital pre-condition for successful entrepreneurship! Enlargements of the European Union have resulted in an even broader application of Union acts and have, therefore, further increased the importance of European law. In view of on-going "globalisation", however, also the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its legal order represent areas of great importance. The knowledge of WTO-related matters is therefore another must.

Learning Outcomes

Ability to

*discuss questions in a knowledge based manner
*solve problems of general relevance

related to the European Union in general and its decision making process in particular.

Attendance requirements

Regular attendance is mandatory. However: One absence of max 3 hours length without explanation possible, further absences only on an exceptional basis and for serious and stated reasons. PLEASE NOTE: Presence at the first meeting is mandatory. If you cannot attend the first meeting it is absolutely necessary to get in touch with K. Forgó asap.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Various, in particular:
- lecture,
- group work (inter alia on case studies),
- individual work (inter alia on case studies).

Assessment

The grade is based on the overall performance during the entire Preparatory Seminar, taking into account active participation in class (including the preparation of several case studies/exercises) as well as the final written exam result.

The final grade is calculated as follows:

  1. final written exam result: 45 %
  2. a case study distributed at the seminar's first meeting, to be prepared at home and presented in class: 35 %
  3. other active participation in class (ad hoc analysis of small cases/exercises, contributions to discussions etc.): 20 %. In case of exceptionally good active participation in class additional 10 % (i.e. in total 30 %) might be achieved (to compensate for deficiencies in the area of 1. and 2. (see above) where applicable).

grading scale:

100-85 % (points) .... Sehr gut/very good/1; 84-75 % (points) .... Gut/good/2; 74-61 % (points) .... Befriedigend/satisfactory/3; 60-50 % (points) .... Genügend/sufficient/4; <50 % (points) .... Nicht genügend/not sufficient/5

In case you wish to see your corrected exam pls. contact katrin.forgo@gmx.net preferably within two weeks after the publication of the (provisional) final grade.

    Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

    There is no formal knowledge-based admission requirement. However, attention is drawn to the fact that students from both inside and outside the EU usually attend this Preparatory Seminar and that in general EU-related background knowledge differs considerably. Students who have not been in touch with "European issues" so far are strongly recommended to get some overview (see e.g. http://europa.eu/about-eu/index_en.htm) before the course starts!

    Regular attendance is mandatory. However: One absence of max 3 hours length without explanation possible, further absences only on an exceptional basis and for serious and stated reasons. PLEASE NOTE: Presence at the first meeting is mandatory. If you cannot attend the first meeting it is absolutely necessary to get in touch with K. Forgó asap.

    Readings

    1 Author: EU homepage
    Title:

    http://europa.eu/index_en.htm


    Remarks: valuable introductory information
    Year: 2019
    2 Author: EU homepage
    Title:

    https://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html?locale=en


    Remarks: access to European Union law
    Year: 2019
    3 Author: ECB homepage
    Title:

    https://www.ecb.europa.eu/home/html/index.en.html


    Remarks: see for EMU
    Year: 2019
    4 Author: European Parliament homepage
    Title:

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/portal/en


    Remarks: valuable introductory information
    Year: 2019
    5 Author: WTO homepage
    Title:

    http://www.wto.org/


    Remarks: see for WTO-related matters
    Year: 2019

    Availability of lecturer(s)

    Other

    Students will be provided with further literature recommendations within the course of the Preparatory Seminar.
    Regular attendance is mandatory. However: One absence of max 3 hours length without explanation possible, further absences only on an exceptional basis and for serious and stated reasons. PLEASE NOTE: Presence at the first meeting is mandatory. If you cannot attend the first meeting it is absolutely necessary to get in touch with K. Forgó asap.

    Unit details

    Unit Date Contents
    1

    ATTENTION: THE FOLLOWING TIMETABLE MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO CHANGES ACCORDING TO STUDENTS' INFORMATION NEEDS!

    Welcome / Organizational Issues

    2

    Preliminary Discussion
    The History of the EU; Achievements, Shortcomings, Challenges
    The Organization of the EU

    3

    Key European Law Principles
    The Single Market and EMU - Overview, Free Movement of Goods

    4 EU Institutions
    The Decision Making
    The Choice of the Right Legal Basis
    Case Study (Institutions/Decision Making)
    5 Exam
    Final Remarks
    Last edited: 2019-10-08



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