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wir140 - Foundations of EU Economic Law and Principles of Labour Law (Complete module description)
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Module label Foundations of EU Economic Law and Principles of Labour Law
Module abbreviation wir140
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Business Administration and Business Education)
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Business Administration and Law (Bachelor) > Basiscurriculum Recht
  • Bachelor's Programme Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Bachelor's Programme Sustainability Economics (Bachelor) > Wahlpflichtbereich
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor) > Schwerpunkt Berufliche Bildung
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Economics and Business Administration (Bachelor) > Schwerpunkt Management und Ökonomie
Responsible persons
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Godt, Christine (module responsibility)
  • Brors, Christiane (module responsibility)
Skills to be acquired in this module
The students will:
  • be able to understand the institutional framework of the EU as well as the thereto related tensions between supranationalism and intergovernmentalism,
  • be able to apply the legal norms inherent in the EU multilevel system of governance to selected areas of EU law, and most notably to the fundamental freedoms,

  • be able to resolve labour law matters in the light of contractual law,
  • understand how labour law is embedded in civil law,
  • be able to understand the relevance of labour law to society,
  • be able to understand the influence and framework of European labour law,
  • learn to understand the peculiarities of the labour law,
  • be able to identify the specific interests of parties to an employment contract and to find corresponding legal solutions in event of a conflict.
Module contents
The module explores the foundations of European economic law as well as the fundamentals of labour law in two (consecutive) lectures. The course ‘Foundations of EU Economic Law’ offers students an overview of the law of the European Union. It covers the following topics:
  • The historical development of the EU;
  • The institutional framework and principles of the EU (effect, formation, relationship with national law);
  • The principles of the internal market (with a special focus on the fundamental freedoms and the doctrine of negative integration);
  • An introduction to the regulation of selected economic policies (positive integration, e.g. product regulation, competition law)
As regards the content of the second course – ‘Principles of Labour Law’ - the following topics will be covered:
  • The legal foundations of labour law, the integration of labour law into the hierarchy of norms (ordinary law, constitutional law, EU law);
  • Individual labour law (the establishment and termination of employment relationships, severance/termination agreements, dismissal, notice period, the Unfair Dismissal Protection Act)
  • Rights and obligations of employees and employers (breach of contract, pay without work, liability);
  • Overview of collective labour law;
  • Overview of labour court procedures.
Recommended reading
Kilian, W./Wendt, D. H. (2017), Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht, 6. Aufl., Nomos, Baden-Baden.
Hakenberg, W. (2015), Europarecht, 7. Aufl., Vahlen, München.
Streinz, R. (2016), Europarecht, 10. Aufl., C.F. Müller, Heidelberg
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency anually
Module capacity unlimited
Module level
Type of module
Teaching/Learning method
Previous knowledge
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 28
Exercises 2 WiSe 28
Total module attendance time 56 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
end of semester
written test