Syllabus

Title
0354 European Law and Economics
Instructors
Dr. Katrin Forgo
Contact details
  • Type
    PI
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
09/02/21 to 09/30/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/11/21 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 10/14/21 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 10/15/21 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online-Einheit
Saturday 10/16/21 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online-Einheit
Friday 10/22/21 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online-Einheit

Contents

Contents - General Outline

The course "European Law and Economics" [= Wahlfach Kurs I - Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht (Elective Course I - European Economic Law) and Course I - European and International Economic Law (BBE), respectively] 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:
- The European Union – “a snapshot”
- 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).

While it is possible (and perfectly fine) to attend this course on its own, participants may also wish to attend the course (# 1134) “Advanced Issues of European Business Law“ [= Wahlfach Kurs II - Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht (Elective Course II - European Economic Law) and Course II - European and International Economic Law (BBE), respectively]. Taken together, both courses form the elective subject “European Economic Law” (for students of the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Science) or the specialization “European and International Economic Law” (for students of the Bachelor Program in Business and Economics). Please note: It is possible to attend both courses in the same semester!

What is an elective subject?
Students of the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Science have to choose out of several "elective subjects" with "European Economic Law" being one of them.

What is a specialization?
Students of the Bachelor Program in Business and Economics (BBE) choose from a variety of specializations in phase 3 of the bachelor’s program. BBE students have to complete specializations totalling 40 ECTS credits. The specialization “European Economic Law” is worth 10 ECTS credits in total (i.e. in order to complete the specialization students must attend the courses “European Law and Economics” and “Advanced Issues of European Business Law”). For further information on how to choose and combine your specializations, please visit the university’s website on specializations.

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 framework conditions and changes to the business environment, all of which result from European law, 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.

Learning Outcomes

Ability to

  • solve problems relating to the EU in general and its decision-making process in particular which the student might encounter in his/her current or future professional life and
  • discuss basic questions relating to the EU in general and its decision-making process in particular in a qualified manner based on factual arguments.

The aim of this course is to develop students’ understanding of the European Union in general and its decision-making process in particular.

Attendance requirements

Participation in the MS Teams online sessions is mandatory.

Despite this general rule and with the exception of the first MS Teams online session on October 11th, missing one MS Teams session is possible without any explanation. Further absences, however, only on an exceptional basis and for serious and stated reasons. Participation in the first MS Teams online session is necessary. If you cannot participate in the first online meeting it is required to get in touch with K. Forgó asap.

Teaching/learning method(s)

- lecture,
- group work (inter alia on case studies),
- individual work (inter alia on case studies).

Assessment

To successfully complete this course students must have

1.) studied the required reading as specified below until Wednesday, October 13th

2.) elaborated in groups and submitted to katrin.forgo@gmx.net the exercises
⦁    “Differentiated Integration”
⦁    “Prantl / Bocksbeutel Bottles”,
⦁    “Orsolina / Cow Slaugthering”
until Thursday, October 14th, 24:00 CEST.

The decision on groups will be taken by the lecturer and communicated to students at the first MS Teams online meeting (October 11th, 18:00-19:00). The aforementioned three exercises will be made available to students in due time. Every group will have to work on all three exercises.

3.) submitted (on an individual basis) the completed questionnaire to katrin.forgo@gmx.net until Thursday, October 21st, 24:00 CEST. The aforementioned questionnaire will cover the course content and will be made available to students in due time.


4.) participated in all MS Teams online sessions as specified. With the exception of the first MS Teams online session, missing one MS Teams session is possible without any explanation, further absences only on an exceptional basis and for serious and stated reasons. Participation in the first MS Teams online session is necessary. If you cannot participate in the first online meeting it is required to get in touch with K. Forgó asap.

Please note: The punctual submission of all four contributions - “Differentiated Integration” (group work), “Prantl / Bocksbeutel Bottles” (group work), “Orsolina / Cow Slaugthering” (group work), questionnaire (individual work) - is a MUST! Given that all exercises will be discussed in class (online) and solution outlines will be sent out soon after expiry of the deadline, any late submission cannot be taken into account (for the relevant deadlines please see above).

The grade is based on the overall performance during the entire course, taking into account active participation in class during the MS Teams online sessions.

The final grade is calculated as follows:

  1. questionnaire: 45 %
  2. group exercises “Differentiated Integration”, “Prantl / Bocksbeutel Bottles” and “Orsolina / Cow Slaugthering”: 45 %
  3. active participation in class during the MS Teams online sessions: 10 %. In case of exceptionally good active participation in class additional 10 % (i.e. in total 20 %) 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

Required reading (to be done until October 13th):
⦁    The following pages of the ABC of EU Law (introduction to EU law, available online):
p. 11-79
p. 89-92
p. 98-105
p. 111-115
p. 133-145

⦁    All slides and additional material relevant to the course will be made available to students in due time.
 

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

For students of the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences, 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 course and therefore EU-related background knowledge might differ considerably. Particularly students who have not been in touch with "European issues" so far are, therefore, strongly recommended to study carefully the relevant pages of the ABC of EU Law as specified above. Also, About the EU might prove useful.

For students of the Bachelor Program in Business and Economics, there are the following admission requirements: Students need to complete 42 ECTS credits of the core courses and 12 ECTS of the introductory courses, before being able to register for this specialization. This will most likely be the case at the end of semester 2 or in semester 3.

Readings

1 Author: EU homepage
Title:

http://europa.eu/index_en.htm


Remarks: valuable introductory information
Year: 2021
2 Author: EU homepage
Title:

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


Remarks: access to European Union law
Year: 2021
3 Author: ECB homepage
Title:

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


Remarks: see for EMU
Year: 2021
4 Author: European Parliament homepage
Title:

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


Remarks: valuable introductory information
Year: 2021
5 Author: WTO homepage
Title:

http://www.wto.org/


Remarks: see for WTO-related matters
Year: 2021

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Please see above.

Availability of lecturer(s)

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

Session 2 continued - Differentiated Integration

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

4

Session 3 continued - Key European Law Principles

EU Institutions
The Decision Making
The Choice of the Right Legal Basis

5

Discussion of the "Questionnaire", Q&A
Final Remarks

Last edited: 2021-05-17



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