|Course set (UE) / Credits (ECTS) / Track / Specialization||Module :Introduction to European Economic Policy : 5 ECTS.|
|Open for visitors||yes (5 ECTS)|
|Working language :||English|
|Volume of contact hours :||24 h|
|Workload to be expected by the student :||96 h|
Track : Attendance
The course offers an introduction to the European Union, its main institutions and aspects of the EU decision-making process; and an overview of the European economic integration process and impact on business, including the consequences of Brexit. Strasbourg is a unique place to learn about the EU as it is a strong symbol of the Franco-German reconciliation after WW2 and it is where the first steps of the European integration took place. Today, it is home of the European Parliament, where in practical terms students will spend some time in the frame of this course.
The pedagogical objectives are that students become better acquainted with the European Union’s idea, rationale, and functioning; aware of the impact of EU economic integration on business; and that they experience “uncommon situations” where they will be playing as if they were one of the members of the European Parliament during a role play.
- Describe the functions and role of European institutions
- Explain the main steps of the European economic integration process and its implications for business
- Apply the knowledge acquired to solve case studies in teams
- Experiment the EU decision-making process by taking the role of a member of the European Parliament
Session 1 (week 23 September): Why and what is the European Union (EU)?
Session 2 (week 30 September): The decisional triangle of the EU
Session 3 (week 7 October): How does the EU work in relation to the Single Market?
Session 4 (week 15 October): Key law principles in relation to the Single Market
Session 5 (week 20 October): The reality of the Single Market for businesses
Session 6 (week 4 November): Role play at the European parliament
Session 7 (week 18 November): Completing the Single market - the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
Session 8 (week 25 November): Current issues in achieving the EMU
Session 9 (week 25 November): exam (online quiz)
Session 10 (week 2 December): What difference does the EU economic integration & policies make to businesses?
Students must show an interest in the European Union and economic integration process. If the topic is new, students are requested to read at least one book from the reference list ("basics") at the beginning of the course. The course will be taught in English and students are required to present their work in English as well. Students must be ready to actively participate to the role play.
- GENERAL (understanding the European Integration process: all students should have a minimum of knowledge on the EU, if no course taken before on the EU they are requested to read the introductory chapters of the books mentioned here or those you can find in the libraries in Strasbourg - BNU, PEGE etc; the more recent the book the better as the EU is an evolving process - this must be done at the beginning of the course)
DINAN D., Ever closer Union. An Introduction to European Integration, 3rd edition, 1999 (latest edition: 4th edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010)
LEONARD D., Guide to the European Union, The definitive guide to all aspects of the EU, 10th edition (London: The Economist/Profile Books, 2010)
NUGENT N, The Government and politics of the European Union (Palgrave, 2003)
PETERSON J, BOMBERG E, Decision-making in the European Union (Palgrave,
McCORMICK J, Understanding the European Union: a concise introduction, The EU series, 4th edition, 2010
- 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)
- ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN THE CASE OF THE EU
BALDWIN R, WYPLOSZ C, The economics of European integration, fourth edition (MacGraw-Hill, 2012)
- ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION:
CHANG M, Monetary integration in the European Union, Palgrave, 2009
VELO Dario & VELO Francesco, A social market economy and European economic monetary union, Peter Lang, 2013
SINN H-W, European monetary integration, 2004 (E-book on Scholarvox) (Chapters 1 and 2)
Reading list: see at the end of each session (powerpoint on moodle)
Menu Sabine, Paul Collowald, pionnier d'une Europe à unir, Bruxelles: Peter Lang (2018)
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