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52084-01 - Course: Introduction to EU Law 6 CP

Semester spring semester 2021
Course frequency Every semester
Lecturers Sebastian Meyer (
Christa Tobler (, Assessor)
Content Important: This is a flipped classroom course with elements of blended learning! See below, under "Bemerkungen".

The course provides an introduction into the basics of European Union law, including notably:
1) The origins of the European Union;
2) Its consitutional principles;
3) The special nature of European Union law as compared to more traditional public international law;
4) The particular role of the European Court of Justice for the legal system of the European Union;
5) The European Union's internal market and competition law.

The course will also touch on recent or on-going developments, such as Brexit.
Learning objectives Students understand the basics of European Union law.
Students are able to place news items related to the European Union in the framework of what they learn in the course, and they are to reflect critically on them.
Bibliography Christa Tobler/Jacques Beglinger, Essential EU Law in Charts and Text, 2 volumes (!), 5th, "post-Brexit" edition, Budapest: HVG-Orac 2020 (

Note: in most class meetings, we will work actively with the charts. There is a companion text to the charts which is intended to put some flesh around the Charts, by linking them to each other through text. The text booklet also contains exercises. Reading in the text will be part of the preparations in this course.

A certain number of these books will be made available to the students in the "Semesterapparat" in the library of the Europainstitut/Institute for European Global Studies, but it may be easier to have a private copy.

For those who wish to buy the Chart and Text books: please order the books well in advance to have them in time for the course. Also, note that ordering the books directly from the publishing house has become VERY expensive due to raised shipping costs to Switzerland (but considerably less so in the case of orders to Germany and France). We recommend buying the combination package (Charts & Text - note: both of them!) from the Librairie Européenne in Brussels, A limited number of copies of the books is also available from your professor - please send an e-mail message to Christa Tobler ( if you wish to buy the book in this manner.
Comments Important: This is a flipped classroom course with elements of blended learning!

After an introduction, students learn themselves with the help of the text books (Tobler/Beglinger, Essential EU Law in Charts and Text, 2 volumes - see under "Literatur"). Students meet regularly with the assistant to the course to discuss questions they may have on the topic and to do exercises. At crucial points in the course, meetings will be held with the professor. Both the assistant and the professor are available for online discussions throughout the course.

In the framework of the flipped classroom/blended learning approach, it is important that, before coming to class, students have done the preparatory work. Accordingly, they should look up on ADAM what needs to be done even before the very first meeting (!) and prepare accordingly.

Studierende, die zu Semesterbeginn noch nicht eingeschrieben sind, werden gebeten, sich an die Studienkoordination des Europainstitutes ( zu wenden.
Weblink Europainstitut Basel


Admission requirements None.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used
Course auditors welcome


Interval Weekday Time Room
unregelmässig See individual dates


Date Time Room
Tuesday 02.03.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 09.03.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 16.03.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 23.03.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 30.03.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 06.04.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 13.04.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 04.05.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 25.05.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 01.06.2021 10.00-12.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor's degree subject: Political Science)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master's degree subject: Political Science)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor's degree subject: Eastern European Cultures)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor's degree program: Eastern European Studies)
Modul: Methoden der Rechtswissenschaften (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master's degree program: European History in Global Perspective)
Specialization module: International Law (Master's Studies: Law)
Specialization module: International Law (Master's Studies: Law (bilingue))
Wahlbereich Master Rechtswissenschaft (EUCOR): Empfehlungen (Master's Studies: Law (Eucor))
Assessment format record of achievement
Assessment details Assessment is based on a learning portfolio that the students build step by step as the course proceeds.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,5
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Europainstitut