Understanding the European Economy

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding the European Economy

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Number of sessions: 30
    Length of each session: 1,5 h
    Total length of the module: 45 hours

    INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
    This course aims to deepen student?s knowledge of the institutional functioning of the
    EU as well as its most important economic policies.
    The course will briefly review the history of the EU and its most important economic
    institutions. Then we will examine both the main differences in the member state?s
    economies and the EU?s budget in an effort to understand the ongoing budgetary debate
    in the Union.
    We will also review three important EU policies namely, the agricultural policy with an
    emphasis on possible future reforms, the EU?s regional policy in the light of the
    increasing competitiveness brought on by each successive step in European integration
    and the EU?s trade policy which includes a discussion of the most important economic
    accords between the EU and third countries.
    We will also consider the implications for the EU of the adoption of the Single Market
    and the European Monetary Union as well as carefully consider the relationship of the
    latter with labor markets in Europe.

    CONTENTS
    - History of European Integration
    - Facts, Laws, Institutions and the Budget of the European Union
    - Decision making in the European Union
    - Economic Integration. Theory and Practice
    - Economic Integration and Growth
    - The Common Agricultural Policy
    Understanding the European Economy. 2
    - Location Effects, Economic Geography and Regional Policy
    - Trade Policy
    - A Single Currency. Some Theory
    - The European Monetary Union
    - Economic Integration and Labour Markets

    GRADING
    Mid-term exam 30%
    Final Exam: 70%
    TOTAL: 100%