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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2011 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Geert Van Calster


This unit provides an introduction to the European Union (EU) and its relations with the world. The unit introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the EU's legal system (legal structures, principles, institutions, law-making procedures, enforcement mechanisms, etc). The unit then examines the EU's core economic law and policies, including the single market and competition policy. The unit also investigates the EUs relations with the world, including the EU's treaty-making powers, trade policy (notably in the WTO) and the ongoing attempts to create a common EU foreign and security policy.


This unit is designed for Australian and other non-European Union (EU) lawyers who, for professional or academic reasons, seek an introduction to the law and policy of the European Union. At the end of the unit students will be familiar with the legal structures and governance of the European Union, the engine of the European integration project, the single market, and the EU's relations with the rest of the world.


Research essay (3750 words): 50%
Take-home Exam (3750 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Geert Van Calster

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)