|Module / ECTS / Path / Specialisation||Module :European Affairs : 9 ECTS.|
|Open for visitors||no|
|Working language :||English|
|Volume of contact hours :||24 h|
|Workload to be expected by the student :||72 h|
Track : Attendance
The course investigates the EU market integration and its impact on business, from earlier attempts to building a Common Market to today's achievements and challenges in building a stable economic and monetary union. Students will be able to acquire the indispensable knowledge on the state of the Union, the role of EU institutions and the most relevant business-related policies through lectures and a role play at the European Parliament. The consequences of Brexit will be the topic of the last session and a discussion will be organized, based on team presentations.
It is not to be forgotten that students have the opportunity to directly follow debates and decisions on the EU agenda during the parliamentary sessions in Strasbourg each month (public audiences)
- Describe and discuss in practical terms the role of the main EU institutions (European Commission, Council of the Union, European Parliament and the European Court of Justice) and the dynamics of the European integration process since the 1950s
- Show oral and written skills in presenting in English on a EU topic
- Evaluate the business environment in Europe, the disparities among member states, and the impact of EU decisions and policies on business
- Evaluate the consequences of Brexit on UK-based and EU-based companies
Session 1 (18 January, morning or afternoon): Role Play at the European Parliament
Session 2 (19 January): How does the EU work?
Sessions 3 & 4 (25 & 26 January): The Shaping process of the Single Market
Sessions 5 (13 February): The EMU shaping process
Session 6 (14 February): EU business environment and the Brexit
Session 7 (15 February): quiz (30 mn), followed by the introduction to the student presentations
Session 8 (13 March): Role Play on Brexit consequences for business in the UK and Europe
There is no prerequisite to the class. However, in case it is the first course on the EU, reading at least a book on the European integration (see bibliography section "Introduction to the EU") is highly recommended. The European integration process, the key functions and decision roles of the main EU institutions should become clear in the first 2 sessions.
Introduction to the European Union:
DINAN D., Ever closer Union. An Introduction to European Integration 4th edition (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010)
HIX S., HOYLAND B., The Political System of the European Union (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011
McCORMICK J., Understanding the European Union. A concise introduction 4th edition (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008) (all at PEGE Library)
European business environment:
SUDER G, Doing business in Europe, Sage, 2008 (PEGE)
SOMERS F (ed), European business environment, Doing business in the EU, 2010, Noordhoff Uitgevers Groningen/Houten (PEGE)
Chapter 15 “Business behavior in Europe’s Single Market”, in M.KATSIOLOUDES and S.HADJIDAKIS, International business: A global perspective, Elsevier, 2007 (E-book on Scholarvox)
SINN H-W, European monetary integration, 2004 (E-book on Scholarvox) (Chapters 1 and 2)
D L. Spar’s chapter “National policies and domestic policies”, in The Oxford Handbook of International Business 2nd Ed, edited by A. M. Rugman, 2009 (E-book on scholarvox)
For each session, a reader will be provided (accessible on MOODLE)
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