Course in Focus

With this course, you can build a foundation to understand, follow & discuss the EU in practice.

  • Study the EU’s institutions, including the European Commission, EU Council, European Council, European Parliament & EU Court of Justice

  • Learn about how the EU makes laws, including the different forms of EU law and the collective body of EU law, the Acquis communautaire

  • Examine the EU’s core policies through three defining projects of the European integration: the Single Market, the euro & the Schengen Area

  • Explore the politics of the EU, alongside major debates at European and national levels on the purpose, functioning & future of the EU

Course Content

Explore the EU’s institutions, policies & politics with Anthony Salamone

    1. Overview of the European Union

    2. Explainer: The Institutions of the European Union

    3. Explainer: The Policies of the European Union

    4. In Focus: The EU Treaties

    5. The Basics of the European Union

    1. Understanding the European Commission

    2. Explainer: The Workings of the European Commission

    3. In Focus: The College of Commissioners

    4. In Focus: The Commissioner’s Cabinet

    5. Test Your Knowledge: The Commission

    1. Understanding the EU Council & European Council

    2. Explainer: The Workings of the EU Council

    3. Explainer: The Workings of the European Council

    4. In Focus: The EU Council Presidency

    5. Test Your Knowledge: The Council & EUCO

    1. Understanding the European Parliament

    2. Explainer: The Workings of the European Parliament

    3. In Focus: European Elections

    4. In Focus: The Two Seats of Brussels & Strasbourg

    5. Test Your Knowledge: The Parliament

    1. Understanding the Court of Justice of the EU

    2. Explainer: The Workings of the EU Court of Justice

    3. In Focus: The Primacy of EU Law

    4. In Focus: The Preliminary Reference Procedure

    5. Test Your Knowledge: The Court of Justice

    1. Exploring the Making of EU Laws

    2. Explainer: The Laws of the European Union

    3. In Focus: The Acquis communautaire

    4. The Forms of European Union Law

    5. Test Your Knowledge: EU Law

Introduction to the European Union

  • £25.00
  • 10 Chapters
  • 50 Lessons

Course Features

Benefit from this online course offered by European Merchants

  • Course

    Gain a substantive introduction to the European Union

  • Instructor

    Learn from Anthony Salamone, one of Scotland’s leading EU experts

  • Content

    Study through original videos, presentations, articles & handouts

  • Self-Paced

    Progress through the course at your own pace and convenience

  • Certificate

    Receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the course

Anthony Salamone

Anthony Salamone FRSA is the Founder and Managing Director of European Merchants, the Scottish political analysis firm. A political scientist, Anthony is one of Scotland’s leading experts on the politics and institutions of the European Union.
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European Merchants is the Scottish political analysis firm based in Edinburgh and led by Anthony Salamone. We bring clarity and insight to Scottish, European and global politics.

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Course Availability – For tax reasons, we can accept orders only from customers located in the European Union or the United Kingdom at this time. We hope to make this course available to customers based elsewhere in the future. Prices are inclusive of VAT.