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Course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions” (e-learning, 3 ECTS, Higher Education in English).

Course European Union and Institutions

  1. Credits of the course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions”: 3 ECTS
  2. Total Tuition Fees: EUR 72
  3. Duration: 3 weeks

E-learning Course, University  EENI (Business School)

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The main objective of the e-learning course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions (3 ECTS, e-learning) taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business is to understand the complex functioning of the European Union (EU): The largest market in the world.

Given the complexity of the EU, two modules compose this course:

  1. Introduction to the European Union
  2. EU Institutions

Subjects and aims of the course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions”

Module one- Introduction to the European Union (EU): The largest market in the world

  1. Objectives of the EU
  2. Introduction to the budget and organisation of the EU
  3. The European Union in figures
  4. European Union’s Law
    1. The EU Treaties: Rome, Maastricht, Lisbon...
    2. Regulations, Directives and other legislative acts of the European Union
  5. Functioning of the European Union
  6. Introduction to the economy of the European Union
    1. BREXIT
    2. Amancio Ortega, the third richest man in the world
  7. Working for the European Union
  8. The EU as a member of the European Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation (PDF)
    1. Christianity in Europe

The specific aims of the module one “Introduction to the European Union” of the course are the following:

  1. To analyse the basic principles and functioning of the EU
  2. To understand the basic concepts of the Community Law.
  3. To assess the impact and causes of the BREXIT
  4. To understand the importance of the European Union in the global scenario
  5. To analyse the structural and investment funds of the European Union

Module two- European Union Institutions (EU).

  1. European Council: the political arm of the EU
    1. Council of the European Union
    2. Presidency of the Council of the EU
  2. European Commission: the executing body of the EU
  3. European Parliament: the legislative body
  4. Court of Justice of the European Union: the guarantor of the legality of the EU
  5. European Court of Auditors (ECA): the financial supervisor of the EU
  6. European Economic and Social Committee (EESC): the consultative body
  7. European Committee of the Regions (CoR): the assembly of representatives
  8. European Investment Bank (EIB): the financial institution of the EU
  9. Decentralised EU Agencies
  10. European Central Bank

The specific aims of the second module of the course “Institutions of the European Union” are to learn about:

  1. Role of each of the European Institutions
  2. Role of the European Council as the political arm of the European Union
  3. The EU’s political priorities
  4. The Strategic Agenda for the Union in times of change
  5. Role of the European Commission as an executing institution of the European Union
  6. The objectives, priorities and structure of the European Commission
  7. The implications of the White Paper on the future of Europe
  8. The key role of the European Parliament
  9. The Parliament’s legislative capacity and legislative procedures
  10. Role of the Court of Justice as guarantor of legality in the European Union
  11. The reports, regulations and jurisprudence of the Court of Justice
  12. Role of the European Court of Auditors as the EU’s financial supervisor
  13. Role of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as an advisory body to the EU
  14. The Europe 2020 Multi-Year Program
  15. Role of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and his relationship with EU policies and legislation
  16. Areas of Cooperation, objectives and strategy of the European Investment Bank
  17. The specialised agencies of the EU
  18. Role of the European Central Bank in the financial and monetary stability of the European Union

European Commission

Aimed at all those who need to understand the complex functioning of the European Union.

Languages of study Higher Education in English (Tertiary Education in Spanish Curso Unión Europea Post-secondary Education in French Cours Union européenne Study in Portuguese Curso União Europeia).

Note: The EU Foreign Policy is analysed in the course “International economic relations of the European Union.”

Download the syllabus of the course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions” (PDF)

The course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions” is part of the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business:

  1. Master: Europe, International Business
  2. Doctorate specialisation Business in Europe

The students who have taken this course (Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions) can validate and register for a Bachelor's Degree, Master or Doctorate at EENI (Business School) and HA University (School of International Business).

The course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions”, contains exercises that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the diploma of the course “Introduction to the European Union and their Institutions” issued by EENI (Business School).

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Knowledge Area: Europe.

Examples - Introduction to the EU

BREXIT (UK's departure from the EU)

European Council

European Central Bank (ECB)

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

European Committee of the Regions

European Parliament

Court of Justice of the European Union

European Court of Auditors



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