Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Economics of EU Policies

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


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit is to provide an overview of the economic fundaments and implications of EU policies. The study-unit starts out focusing on policies set at supranational level such as the common agricultural policy, trade policy and competition policy and later takes up other selected policies such as environment, energy and R&D policy. The EU supranational policies are examined using analytical tools to identify their implications for producers and consumers in the common market. Particular focus will be placed on how the setup of these policies affect the EU position in the world market. Other policies will be studied from an EU member state perspective to understand the role of EU membership in policy implementation. We will use economic tools to analyze the pros and cons of policy design and implementation. The study unit is lecture-based but also incorporates interactive learning, primarily in the form of student presentations.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to give students a foundation to analyze major EU policies from an economic perspective. Main economic tools are provided to examine economic underpinnings of the EU position in targeted policy areas. Current policy dimensions are studied with the purpose of providing an up-to-date account of resulting economic effects. These effects are evaluated to identify how EU policies can be reformed to better achieve set targets.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe policy fundaments and implications;
- identify economic effects of various policies;
- evaluate EU’s policy position;
- describe policy rationale;
- discuss pros and cons of EU policy positions.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply economic tools to examine EU’s policy position;
- analyze policy causes and effects from an economic perspective.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts:

Baldwin, R., Wyplosz, C., 2015. The Economics of European Integration. McGraw-Hill. Fifth edition.
Artis, M., Nixson, F., 2007, The Economics of the European Union. Oxford University Press. Fourth edition.
El-Agraa, A.M., 2011. The European Union: Economics and Policies. Cambridge University Press. Ninth edition.

Up-to-date supplementary readings.



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

LECTURER/S Susanna Thede

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