Spain and the European Union: Political and Economic Issues

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spain and the European Union: Political and Economic Issues

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Economics, International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    It is advisable to have taken an introductory course in economics or political science. However, the course has an introductory character and students of other specialties can follow it with additional readings appropriate to their level.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    SPAIN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES

     

    Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results:
    - Development of analytical skills and critical thinking
    - Communication and written skills in exams, papers and case studies
    - Communication and speaking skills in class presentations
    - Interpersonal skills, including the ability of teamwork
    - Understanding the key elements for the development of Spanish society and politics, particularly from the Transition to democracy to the present
    - Understanding the key factors of the history of the EU
    - Knowledge of the main institutions, socio-political processes and public policies in Spain and the EU
    - Impact of the EU in Spain
    - Current social and political problems and challenges ahead in Spain and the EU

     

    CONTENTS:

    The course is divided into the following blocks:

    PART I.

    SPAIN: THE CREATION OF A MODERN DEMOCRACY

    HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION

    DESIGN OF A DEMOCRATIC REGIME: ELECTIONS, PARTIES AND ELABORATION OF THE CONSTITUTION

    CONSTRUCTION OF A WELFARE STATE: PARTY COMPETITION, INTERMEDIATION OF INTERESTS AND POST-AUTHORITARIAN SETTLEMENTS

    SPAIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

     

    PART II.

    EUROPEAN UNION: HISTORY, INSTITUTIONS AND FUNCTIONING

    HISTORICAL LEGACY AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE EUROPEAN PROJECT

    THEORIES ON EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

    INSTITUTIONS, ACTORS AND POLICIES

    ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION

    COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY

    SOCIAL AND REGIONAL POLICIES

    THE EU IN THE WORLD

     


    PART III.

    OTHER THEMES AND CHALLENGES

    IMPACT OF THE EU IN SPAIN

    THE 2008 ECONOMIC CRISIS AND ITS EFFECTS

    THE EU AGAINST THE USA: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL MODEL

    DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT

    THE "BREXIT"

     

    Learning activities and methodology:

    Teaching time is distributed according to the following activities:
    - Conventional classes (50 for 100 teaching hours). This will include analysis of cases illustrating the lectures.
    - Workshop and in class work (10 per 100 school hours). Specific analyses entrusted to student teams and public debates on national news that are made regarding any of the topics taught in class.
    - Explanations, presentations by teams of students and written exercises on basic reading program stipulated in the Syllabus (30 per 100).

    This course is equivalent to 6 ECTS credits, 150 hours in total approximately

    Theoretical explanations of the teacher and several activities in class: 42 hours
    Study of the subject by the student: 50 hours
    Preparation of presentations, writing papers and case studies: 40 hours
    Make up classes, tutoring, hand in of papers, etc.: 16 hours
    Exam: 2 hours

     

    Assessment:

    - Exam (60% of the final grade)
    - Essay (30%)
    - Class participation (10%)

     

    Basic Bibliography:

     

    Baldwin, R. y C. Wyplosz . . The Economics of European Integration 5th ed. McGraw Hill. 2015

    De Grauve, P. . The Economics of Monetary Union 11th ed. . Oxford University Press. 2016

    García, Catalapiedra, D. y R. Pacheco Pardo. Contemporary Spanish Foreign Policy. Routledge. 2014

    Gunther, R. y J. R. Montero. The Politics of Spain. Cambridge University Press. 2009

    Hix, S. y B. Hoyland. The Political System of the European Union 3rd ed.. Palgrave. 2011

    Reniu, J.M., Ruiz Martínez, F.J. et al. . Sistema Político Español. Huygens Editorial. 2012

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.