Course syllabus ZES - Fundamentals of EU Institutions and Law (FBE - WS 2019/2020)

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Course code: ZES
Course title in language of instruction: Fundamentals of EU Institutions and Law
Course title in Czech: Fundamentals of EU Institutions and Law
Course title in English: Fundamentals of EU Institutions and Law
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: master continuing
Semester: WS 2019/2020
Name of lecturer: JUDr. Ing. Libor Kyncl, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Bc. Mgr. Ondřej Pavelek, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites: Final Bachelor Exam
Aims of the course:
The aim of the course is:
- to provide the students with necessary and desirable knowledge level of the European Union law and institutions.
- to oblain orientation in the legal regulation of EU main institutions, their mutual relationships.
- in the additional part of the course to clarify the specific issues of European Union law as a supranational legal system with direct effects on persons in the Member States - sources of the EU law, EU judicial system and protection to the law, interpretation and aplication of EU legal norms by EU organs and national authorities of the Member states.
Course contents:
1.Establishment and development of EC and EU - political and legal background (allowance 2/2)
a.Historical and political context of the establishment of ECSC, EEC and Euratom
b.Development in the period 1952-1969
c.Development till the creation of EU (1969-1992)
d.Further development and enlargement of the EU, trends (1992-1999)
e.Evolution tendencies after 2005, Lisabon reform treaty and legal personality of EU

2.Introduction in EU institutions (allowance 10/4)
a.European Parliament
b.Council of EU
c.EU Commission
d.Court of Justice of the European Union
e.European Council

3.Fundaments of EU law (allowance 12/6)
a.EU legal system--sources and legislation
b.Application of EU law
c.EU law and its development
d.Unification and harmonization of national legal systems in individual areas (effect of CJEU judiciary)
e.EU citizenship -- legal aspects
f.Competition Protection in EU law

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-Ability to work in international context
-General knowledge
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Forming of legal solution of problemt by utilisation of the jusircdiction of EU courts
-Preparatiojn and conduction if negotiations in English language
-Skills attatched to utilisation and application of legal information
-To develop the skill od application of EU norms to the Czech legal environment

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     seminar14 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation of presentation14 h
     writing of seminar paper16 h
Total112 h
Assessment methods:
In order to obtain a small credit ("malý zápočet"), the student in the full-time study is required to
A) receive at least 50% points for the presentation of group seminar work in the team selected at the first lecture meeting (4 points out of 8 max.),
B) receive at least 50% points for submitting a seminar paper of 3 to 6 full pages of text (7 points out of 14 max) and
C) must attend at least 9 of the 12 full-time seminars (i.e. 3 absences are allowed) and at least 6 lectures from 12 lectures of full-time study (i.e. attendance at half of lectures) - at least 4 points from 8 points a awarded for participation, for each seminar from 12 gains 0.25 point = in total 3 points, for each lecture from 12 he/she gains 0.416 points = in total 5 points).

A total of 30 points can be awarded for a small credit, of which 15 points are required.

Written exam with closed questions in electronic form in UIS MENDELU - the range of questions is given by the extent of the compulsory literature and selected study texts provided in the e-learning database.
The extent of the required knowledge corresponds to the content of the individual teaching modules in the subject.

The student will successfully complete the subject if he / she obtains a small credit in the course and obtains at least 50% of the exam points.

After passing the exam, the final mark is calculated from the sum of the points for a small credit (30% weight) and points from the examination paper (70% weight) - the rating is added in the following way A 90 - 100 points B 80-89.99 points C 70 - 79.99 points, D 60 - 59.99 points, E 50 - 59.99 points, F 49.99 points and less.

A student of a full-time study program can enroll for a subject during a foreign trip. In this case, the same conditions of termination apply to the students of the combined form, with the possibility of replacing the individual seminar work of 12-15 pages of standard text (counting without a title page) on the topic assigned to the subject guarantor on the two required lectures.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQJANKŮ, M.Fundaments of EU Law and InstitutionsBrnoES MZLU2004
RQWEATHERILL, S.Cases and materials on EU lawOxfordNew York :2010978-0-19-956225-1
REJANKŮ, M. -- JANKŮ, L.Vybrané kapitoly z práva EUBrnoKEY Publishuing s.r.o.2009978-80-7418-049-1
REJANKŮ, M.Základy práva pro posluchače neprávnických fakult80-7179-883-5


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