Module Details

EC329-7-SP-CO: Economics Of The European Union

Year: 2017/18
Department: Economics
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Domenico Tabasso
Teaching Staff: Dr Domenico Tabasso
Contact details: For further information, send an email message to

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This course is concerned with the process of economic integration within the European Union. The main fields covered are: 1) Historical background, principles and functioning of EU institutions; 2) the internal market: integration of product and factor markets; 3) EU policies (agriculture, regional, competition, etc.); 4) EU monetary integration.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have gained insights into the principles of economic integration that underlie the processes of European development today. They will have learned how to apply economic theory to the analysis of policy problems in a range of fields - including trade, unemployment and monetary policy - which face the European Union in 21st century. Applying economic theory in this way will help to build the students' capacity for abstraction by demonstrating how a complex set of empirical facts can be understood in simple but insightful modelling frameworks. Completion of the term paper for this course will also improve students' capacity for critical evaluation, and their project management and written communication skills.

Learning and Teaching Methods

One 2-hour lectures per week in one term


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


The assessment in this module takes the form of a term paper, a class presentation, a formative assessment and an examination during the main examination period. The combined term paper/class presentation mark is calculated as 20% class presentation mark and 80% term paper mark. The word limit for the term paper is 3,000 words.

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory for:
Year 3 students on BA in International Economics and BSc in International Economics


  • R. Baldwin and C. Wyplosz: The Economics of European Integration, McGraw-Hill, 4th edition, 2012.

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