Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Economics of European Integration

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION This unit aims to provide a detailed analysis of European economic integration. It builds on the introductory microeconomic theories and concepts acquired during the first year of the course. The unit includes both the theoretical aspect of economic integration as well as its implementation in practice in Europe. Thus, different forms of integration from customs union to the single market are examined, together with their implications. The unit aims to enable students to understand the rationale for economic integration and the consequences. The unit also covers topical issues, such as Brexit and tax harmonisation.

Study-unit topics:

- What is economic integration?
- The theory of economic integration?
- The EU Single Market
- Brexit and the EU
- The future of the EU single market.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- El-Agraa, Ali (2011) 'The European Union Economics and Policies', Cambridge University Press, 9th Edition.
- Pelkmans, Jacques (2006) ' European Integration Methods and Economic Analysis', Pearson Education Limited, 3rd Edition.
- Baldwin, R. & Wyplosz, C. (2019) The Economics of European Integration. (6th ed.) McGraw Hill Education.
- Nello, S. S. (2009) The European Union: economics, policies and history. (3rd ed.) McGraw-Hill.

Supplementary Readings

- Europa Website, journals and other relevant sources.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students are required to have a sound Economics background, i.e. Macro/ Micro/Trade Theory/International Economics.

This study-unit is offered only to students taking European Studies.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 25%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Moira Catania

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2021/2. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.