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The Internal Market - Digital and Social Challenges

The Internal Market - Digital and Social Challenges addresses the legal rules and principles that govern the EU's internal market taking as its starting point the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union regarding the free movement of goods, people, workers, services and establishments.

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The Internal Market - Digital and Social Challenges is given as an elective course within the framework of the exchange programmes at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. Swedish law students admitted by the department are also given access to the course.

Read more about exchange programmes at the Department of Law 

The course considers the legal rules and principles that govern the EU's internal market taking as a starting point the provisions in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union regarding free movement of goods, people, workers, services and establishments. Particular focus is on the increasingly prominent digital and social dimensions of the internal market. The importance of EU citizenship for access to social rights as well as the development of a multi-faceted anti-discrimination policy comprises a central theme in the course. In addition to primary law, EU harmonisation legislation in the area is studied, as well as other "softer" forms of cooperation, such as the social dialogue. As for the digital dimension, legal challenges are being presented and critically discussed.

The aim of the course is for students to acquire thorough knowledge and the ability to critically review and analyse the substantive rules and problems that distinguish EU law and policy cooperation within this area.

The course encourages critical reflection about the advantages and disadvantages of different national and supranational solutions, as well as their economic and social implications. During the course, students are required to author and defend an essay that identifies relevant research questions.

  • Course structure

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    Syllabus - The Internal Market: Digital and Social Challenges

    In addition to the course syllabus, the course director has prepared a course description, wich purpose is to describe in detail the structure of the syllabus. 

    Kursbeskrivning (281 Kb)

    Please note that if the course description or the information on this course page says something different about the course structure than what is stated in the current syllabus, the syllabus always applies first.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures, interactive seminar and teacher-led group work. Individual feedback is given on two occasions on the essay before submission. The language of instruction is English.


    Examination is conducted through mandatory and active attendance at 80% of the seminars, the writing of an essay and peer review of another student's work and a written examination.


    Jaan Paju
    Branka Marusic

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Literature autumn 2021

    • Barnard, C., The Substantive Law of the EU, the Four Freedoms, 6th edition, Oxford University Press, 2019, 434 kr.
    • Schütze, R., EU Treaties and Legislation, 2nd edition, Cambridge, 2018, 218 kr.
    • Handbook on European data protection law, Luxembourg, 2018, free (will be distributed).

    Further reading (optional = not part of the examination)

    • Watson, P., EU Social and Employment Law, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2014
    • Pennings, F., European Social Security Law, 6th edition, Intersentia, Antwerpen – Oxford – Portland, 2015
    • Azoulai, L., Barbou des Places, S. & Pataut, E. (eds.), Constructing the Person in EU Law: Rights, Roles, Identitites, Bloomsbury, 2016
  • Course reports

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester and then used FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

    Read more about education at the Department of Law at Stockholm University on our homepage.

    Education - Department of Law 


    Video presentation

    Video presentation of The Internal Market - Digital and Social Challenges

  • Contact

    Course contact: 

    Course coordinator: 
    Asnate Maddalo  

    Course manager: 
    Jaan Paju  
    Branka Marusic