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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Politics Short Name: LIC501
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GUERRINA R Dr (Politics)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester (Semester 1)

Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark
( %)
Essay (2500 words)
Essay (2500 words)

Qualifying Condition(s) 

A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

Theoretical and applied economic and public policy issues are addressed. The module studies the economics of integration primarily within the European Union (EU). Attention is also given to EU trade and aid policies for Eastern Europe and for Less Developed Countries. A contrast with the problems of transition in the context of EU eastern enlargement is included. The module will equip students to understand general models of economic integration and to account for the particular route taken by economic integration and economic policies in Europe over recent decades.

Module Aims
The main aims of this module are to:
  • Explore, contextualise and understand the economic dimensions of European integration;
Provide a basis for more focused study of this subject.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
  • display an understanding of the key theoretical issues involved in economic integration within the EU;
  • apply this theory to the questions of EU enlargement to include transition economies and to the extension of preferential trade and aid agreements to the ACP/ other third world countries;
  • analyse the key policy issues to which closer economic integration give rises;
  • display an ability to analyse data as part of an assessment of these theories and policies;
demonstrate research skills in finding and analysing supporting material from contemporary documentation.
Module Content
  • The theory of a customs union, common market and economic union.
  • Economics of 1992: the Single European Market.
  • Common agricultural policy (CAP): objectives and reform.
  • Preferential trade policies for LDCs.
  • The European Monetary System (EMS), monetary union and economic convergence.
  • Analyses of the impact of EU membership on the UK.

Economic transformation in Eastern Europe and EU Policy.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminars.
Debates and discussions
Selected Texts/Journals
Artis, M. and Nickson, F. (eds) (2003) The Economics of the European Union. 3rd edn. Oxford: OUP
De Grauwe, P. (2003) The Economics of Monetary Integration. 5th edn. Oxford: OUP
El-Agraa, A.M. (2003) The Economics of the European Community. 6th edn. Harlow: Prentice Hall
Dyker, D. (1999) The European Economy. 2nd  edn. Harlow: Longman
Hansen, J.D. (ed.) (2001) European Integration: An Economic Perspective. Oxford: OUP
McDonald, F. and Dearden, S. (eds.) (2005) European Economic Integration, 4th edn. Harlow: Pearson
Pelkmans, J. (1997) European Integration: methods and economic analysis. Harlow: Prentice Hall

Galli, G. and Pelkmans, J. (2000) Regulatory Reform and Competitiveness in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Laffont, J. J. and Tirole, J. (2000) Competition in Telecommunications, London: MIT Press
Landesmann, M. A. and Rosati, D. K. (eds.) (2004) Shaping the New Europe: economic policy challenges of EU enlargement, Basingstoke: Palgrave
From the following journals:
Economic Policy
European Economy
Journal of Common Market Studies
Journal of European Integration
also from the website
Last Updated

1 July 2010