Introduction to European Union Law and Institutions


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


To introduce students to the development as well as the central content of EU law; to introduce the students to the institutions of the EU; and to introduce the students to (EU) policies emphasizing how to analyze them, and how they influence the Member States and vice-versa. This includes imparting knowledge about the main theories in this area to the students in order to enable them to analyze and explain these developments.


After a short overview of the EUs history, the key provisions of EU law and the principles on which EU law is based will be examined, as will the institutions of the EU and their scope of authority. Next, there will be an introduction to (EU) policy analysis as well as to ‘Europeanization’.

Learning objectives


  • possess knowledge of theories and practices within EU law and institutions and can reflect on these on a scientific basis
  • possess knowledge and understanding of themes within the field of EU law, EU institutions, EU policy analysis and Europeanization, as well as the various approaches to the study of these.


  • can apply their knowledge within the module’s subject areas to select theories that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these theories. 


  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge.
  • is able to use and combine theory and empiry to analyze concrete questions and
  • independently be able to take responsibility for their own further professional development

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and seminars, possibly with exercises and student contributions.



Name of examIntroduction to European Union Law and Institutions
Type of exam
Written exam
The exam for Introduction to European Union Law and Institutions is an internally assessed individual written examination. The examination is a 48-hour take-home assignment comprising issues within the subject area of module 4. The assignment paper must not exceed eight pages.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleIntroduction to European Union Law and Institutions
Module codeES0004
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities