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European Integration *

Name of module: European Integration *

Exam number: 8120

Semester/Trimester: Semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective course): Wahlpflicht

Frequency of module offer: Summer semester 2009, Summer semester 2010, Summer semester 2012; Summer semester 2013

Prerequisites: Access is restricted for IBA Bachelor Students and international exchange students enrolled in the IBA Program. Registration is required (see "Weitere Informationen"). "Orientierungsphase" should be completed.

Applicability of module for other modules and study programmes:
Serviceveranstaltung für Studierende der Kultur- bzw. Rechtswissenschaften

Person responsible for module: Dr. Marian Meller

Name of the professor: Dr. Marian Meller (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

Language of teaching: englisch

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 5

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Kontaktzeit (Vorlesung, Übung, Seminar etc.): 37,5 Std.; Selbststudium: 112,5 Std.

Contact hours (per week in semester): 3

Methods and duration of examination:
It is possible to earn a course requirement. Mid-term exam (40 minutes, 25% of the final grade). Final exam (120 minutes, 75% of the final grade).

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Eins

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
This is an advanced course in economics that analyzes the driving forces of economic integration – institutional mechanisms and policy instruments - within the European Union, both from a theoretical and applied perspective. The lecture is mainly targeted to students who wish to specialize in international or macroeconomics and already have a sound knowledge of economic theory and its analytical tools. The course aims at learning to understand the economic motivation and effects of adopting specific institutional arrangements and policy measures by the EU. At the end, students should be able to: analyze the economic mechanisms of EU-specific arrangements using theoretical models, evaluate the potential outcomes of economic policies, and discuss relevant facts related to the EU’s institutional and policy framework.

Contents of the module:
After introducing the institutional foundations of the European Union, we first investigate the (largely microeconomic) aspects of integrating goods and factor markets and review examples of actual EU policies. The second part of the course analyzes the coordination of macroeconomic policies among countries, largely regulated through the Monetary Union and fiscal pacts. The lecture concludes with an in-depth discussion of the current financial and economic crisis.

Teaching and learning methods:

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Main reference and compulsory reading of the relevant chapters:
Baldwin, Richard, and Charles Wyplosz (2012): “The Economics of European Integration.” 4th edition. McGraw-Hill.

Further information:
Access is restricted for IBA Bachelor Students and international exchange students enrolled in the IBA Program. Registration in Moodle required.