Political and Economic Integration of the European Union

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political and Economic Integration of the European Union

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Economics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course deepens into the study of rules and case law governing the European internal market and the most relevant aspects of political dimension in the current European Union. This matter is therefore essential for any jurist who wants to work in a European or international institution. Pre-requisites This course requires prior knowledge of EU institutions and EU law.

    Unit I. The EU Competition Policy
    Introduction: objectives and scope
    1. Agreements and concerted practices
    2. Abuse of dominant position
    3. Mergers
    4. State aids

    Unit II. Public Procurement in the EU
    -The definition of ‘public procurement’
    -Legal framework
    1. The Public Sector Directive 2004/18/EC
    2. The Utilities Services Directive 2004/17/EC (water, energy, transport and
    postal services)
    3. Procedural issues

    Unit III: Citizenship of the Union
    -The concept of ‘citizen’
    -The EU citizenship and its political significance
    1.The specific set of rights: scope, conditions and limits
    2.Citizenship and other elements of democratic legitimacy after the Treaty of
    Lisbon: the new right of legislative initiative and the Charter of Fundamental

    Unit IV: The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
    Introduction: objectives and principles
    1.Institutional issues: the High Representative and the European External
    Action Service (EEAS)
    2.The Common Security and Defence Policy: evolution and scope

    Unit V. Thee stablishment of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ)\Introduction
    1.First steps and evolution towards an AFSJ
    2.Institutional developments in the AFSJ

    Unit VI. The AFSJ: substantive issues
    1.EU policy on border checks
    2.EU policy on immigration and asylum
    3.Action against illegal immigration
    4.Police and judicial cooperation on criminal matters

    The development and achievement of competences is assessed according to the following criteria:
    - Written exam on knowledges, application and critical judgement competences(65%): 6.5 of 10.
    - Attendance and active participation (5%): 0.5 of 10.
    - Exercises and papers prepared by the student and evaluated by the teacher along the semester: (30%): 3 of 10.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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