European Economic Integration

Number of ECTS: 6   Price: 720 €
Teaching Language: English Place: Building J
Bellaterra Campus, 08193 Bellaterra

Teaching Period: 17 July to 4 August


Teacher:  Ferran Brunet

Enrol now!


Contents overview

This Course attempts to teach about the European Union, its politics, economics and challenges. The objectives of the Course are:

  • To understand the fundamentals of the European integration process.
  • To comprehend the forms and dynamics of the institutional system of the European Union.
  • To analyse competition, trade, monetary, agricultural, internal, regional and social European policies.
  • To learn and debate on the characteristics, capabilities, limitations and challenges of the European Union.
  • To understand the relationship between deepening policies and enlargements, and between competitiveness and solidarity in Europe.
  • To analyse the European integration in a context of globalization.
  • To manage the European Union sources.

Week 1
Europe & the European Union

1. A Course Overview
2. Elements of European Integration
3. The Dynamics of the European Communities
4. The European Union System
5. The Economic Liberties & the European Policies

Week 2
The European Union Policies

6. The Competition Policy: Market & Enterprise
7. The Internal & Agricultural Policies
8. The Economic and Monetary Union
9. The Regional and Cohesion Policy
10. The European Social Policy & the European Welfare

Week 3
The Europan Union Economic Policies and Challenges

11. The Euro Crisis
12. The European Economic Governance
13. The European Challenges I: From Unemployment to Institutional System
14. The European Challenges II: Brexit, Neighborhoods, US and Global
15. A Course Summary

Teaching / learning activities

  • Presentation & Complementary Source
  • Reading & Statement
  • Proof

This Course is based on a high student participation. For this, participants will receive all the materials and indications needed.
Grading policy. The final grade will be composed by: 60 % from 3 week brief proofs + 25 % from 14 one page daily statements + 10 % from one Course presentation + 5 % from Course attendance and participation.

Links and references
Badinger, Harald and Volker Nitsch (eds.) (2016), Routledge Handbook of the Economics of European Integration, Routledge.
Baldwin, Robert and Charles Wyplosz (2015), Economics of European Integration, 5th edition, McGraw Hill.
Bréchon, Pierre and Frédéric Gonthier (dirs.) (2014), Les valeurs des Européens: évolutions et clivages, Armand Collin.
Brunet, Ferran (2010), Curso de Integración Europea, 2nd edition, Alianza Editorial.
Brunnermeier, Markus K., Harold James and Jean-Pierre Landau (2016), The Euro and the Battle of Ideas, Princeton UP.
European Commission. Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (2017), Convergence Report 2017, European Union Publications Office.
European Parliament (2017), 100 Books on Europe to Remember, EP.
Phelps, Edmund S. and Hans-Werner Sinn (eds.) (2011), Perspectives on the Performance of the Continental Economies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rodrigues, Maria Joäao and Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou (eds.) (2014), The Eurozone crisis and the transformation of EU governance : internal and external implications, Ashgate.
Wallace, Hellen, Mark A. Pollack and Alasdair R. Young (2015), Policy-Making in the European Union, 7th edition, Oxford UP.

Brunet, Ferran (2016), “The European Imbalances: Competitiveness and Economic Policy in a Non-Optimal Monetary Union”, Cuadernos Económicos de ICE, No. 91, June, pp. 27-54.
Brunet, Ferran (2015), “Stability and Competitiveness in the European Monetary Union”, Ekonomiaz, No. 82, pp. 83-107.
Brunet, Ferran (2013), “Convergence and Divergences in the European Economy: Rebalancing and Being Competitive in a Non-Optimal Monetary Union”, Documento de Trabajo [del Instituto Universitario de Análisis Económico y Social, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares], No. 03.
European Commission. Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (2017), “European Economic Forecast – Spring 2017”, European Economy - Institutional Papers, May.
Gros, Daniel (2017), “The Rise and Fall of the Euro”, in Daniel Gros (ed.) (2017), Macroeconomic Policy under the Euro: The First Years, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 7-52.
Manyika, James, Jaana Remes and Jonathan Woetzel (2014), “A productivity perspective on the future of growth”, McKinsey Quarterly’s, September.
McKinsey Global Institute (2015), “Highlights”, A Window of Opportunity for Europe, McKinsey Company, pp. ii-37.
OECD (2016), “Overview”, in OECD Economic Surveys. European Union, June, pp. 7-42.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2016), “Brexit. Key Findings”, Leaving the EU: Implications for the UK economy, PwC, pp. 2-31.
Strauch, Rolf et alii (2016), “Accessing sovereign markets – the recent experiences of Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Cyprus”, [European Stability Mechanism] Discussion Paper Series, No. 2, June.

Internet sites
Euractiv: EU news and policy debates <>.
European Central Bank: Research & Publications <>.
European Commission: European Economy Explained <>.
European Commission: Europe 2020 <>
European Parliament: Fact Sheets on the European Union <>.
European Union: Glossary of the Summaries < >.
European Union: Official Website of the European Union <>.
European Union: Topics of the European Union <>.
International Monetary Fund: The IMF and Europe <>
OECD: European Union <>.