International and European Law, 7.5 credits (733A73)

International and European Law, 7.5 hp

Course description

What is the role of law in international relations in general, and in European relations and the European Union in particular? Understanding the concept of law and how legal institutions and arrangements structure political, economic and social relations at various levels of international society as well as within the EU and between EU and other actors of world politics, is a prerequisite for understanding how the contemporary world hangs together. The course also offers an introduction to the sources of international and European law and  practice in the analysis of case law.

Main field of study

Political Science


Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson

Available for exchange students



Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Linköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Linköping

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits in Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology or another discipline relevant for the course. In-depth study of at least 90 ECTS credits (3 semesters of full-time study) in the major subject is required, including a paper/thesis corresponding to approximately 10 weeks of study (15 ECTS credits), or equivalent.

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). Exemption for Swedish 3.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the cource  the student should be able to:

  • recognize, analyze, and understand essential principles of international and European law;
  • demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of the international and European legal system from practical and theoretical viewpoints, with a focus on the themes mentioned below. 

Course content

The central themes of the course are:

  • European integration, as expressed in the EU- and EC Treaties, and the rule of law;
  • main features of the Common Market and its impact on the European integration;
  • important areas of community competence, supporting the Common Market;
  • sources of national and international law and the civil and human rights;
  • the EC legal system in relation to crime and punishment;
  • holders of official position and their authority;
  • legal rights of the individual. 

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory. 


Written examination at the end of the course and mandatory seminars.
Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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