Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET3001 (AF:331349 AR:178314)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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This course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of European Union law, for the purpose of understanding the dynamics taking place in the EU legal order and to be able to study, even independently, additional specific areas of EU Law. Some judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union will also be examined and discussed in class.

Knowledge and understanding: Knowledge of the main notions and of the peculiar characteristics of European Union law.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Ability to apply the knowledge acquired in order to analyse and interpret EU law and the Court of Justice’s case law.
Making judgements: Acquisition of functional skills in order to critically examine the main current issues concerning the European Union and its relations with Member States.
Communication skills: ability to transmit the notions learned, through logical coherence and adequate legal language.
Before taking the exam in European Union Law, students are advised to take the exam in Public Law and Principles of Private Law.
The course will deal, in particular, with the following topics:
- Origins and evolution of the European integration process;
- The European Union: Goals, Values and Principles;
- The Institutional Framework of the European Union;
- EU Competences;
- The Sources of EU law (Treaties and other Sources; Secondary EU Law);
- Judicial remedies;
- The relationships with Member States’ legal orders.
R. ADAM, A. TIZZANO, Manuale di diritto dell’Unione europea, Giappichelli, latest edition (Introduction; Part I; Part II; Part III; Part V; Part VI).


U. VILLANI, Istituzioni di diritto dell’Unione europea, Cacucci, latest edition.

The textbook must be accompanied by consultation of the main sources of European Union law (in particular, the consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union), available at, or collected in one of the following codes:
B. Nascimbene, Unione europea. Trattati. Raccolta di testi e documenti, Giappichelli, latest edition;
C. Curti Gialdino, Codice breve dell’Unione Europea, Edizioni giuridiche Simone, latest edition.

Any additional materials useful for exam preparation will be made available on the e-learning page of the course.
Oral exam.

The exam lasts about twenty minutes and is aimed at ascertaining the knowledge acquired and the capacity for legal reasoning and connection between the topics addressed, as well as the acquisition of adequate legal language. The student will be asked three questions, so as to evaluate the knowledge of the various parts of the program. In order to pass the exam, a sufficient mark in the answer to each of the three questions is required.

Lectures and in-depth seminars.
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion.
Students with disabilities may contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices ( to benefit from specific services (i.e., alternate testing, readers, etc).

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "International cooperation" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 22/11/2021