European economic integration

Number of credits: 6 ECTS Price: 840 €
Price for UAB students*: 200 €
*Max. 5 places
Teaching Language: English Place: UAB Campus

Teaching Period: 15 July to 2 August


Professor:  Ferran Brunet

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Enrolment guidelines


Ferran Brunet is Ph.D. in Economics (1985) and Associated Professor of Applied Economics. He teaches and researches on European Integration. He has researched on European Economy, Economic Policy, Public Finance, Urban Renewal, and Economic Dynamics. He has published 40 papers and 12 books, among them a reference textbook (Curso de Integración Europea, Madrid, Alianza, 2nd ed. 2010) as well as a classic on the Olympics (Economy of the Barcelona Olympic Games, Lausanne, International Olympic Committee, 1994). Currently he is working on the new European Economic Governance, Regulatory Quality, Competition Deficit, Imbalances, Competitiveness, Structural Reforms, and the European Model.



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.
  •     This Course favours a high student participation. For this, participants will have all the learning materials at the UAB Campus Virtual – Moodle.


Week 1

Europe & the European Union
  •     A Course Overview
  •     Elements of European Integration
  •     The Dynamics of the European Communities
  •     The European Union System
  •     The Economic Liberties & the European Policies

Week 2

The European Union Policies
  •     The Common Competition Policy
  •     The European Policies on Energy, Industry, Transport, Technology, Environment and Consumption
  •     Trade Policy & Common Agricultural Policy
  •     The Economic and Monetary Union
  •     The Regional and Cohesion Policy

Week 3

The Europan Union Economic Policies and Challenges
  •     The European Social Policy & the European Welfare
  •     The Euro Crisis
  •     The European Economic Governance
  •     The European Challenges Internal: From Unemployment to Institutional System; and external: brexit, neighborhoods, US and Global
  •     A Course Summary

Teaching / learning activities
  •     Presentations
  •     Readings
  •     Proofs


The final grade will be composed by 60 % from 3 brief week proofs + 25 % from 14 one-page daily statements + 10 % from one presentation + 5 % from attendance and participation.

Links and references

  •  Baldwin, Robert and Charles Wyplosz (2015), Economics of European Integration, 5th edition, McGraw Hill.
  •     Brunet, Ferran (2010), Curso de Integración Europea, 2nd edition, Alianza Editorial.
  •     European Parliament: Fact Sheets on the European Union <>.
  •     European Union: Glossary of the Summaries < >.
  •     European Union: Topics of the European Union <>.
  •     Moussis, Nicholas (2018), Europedia <>.

  •     Badinger, Harald and Volker Nitsch (eds.) (2016), Routledge Handbook of the Economics of European Integration, Routledge.
  •     Borchardt, Klaus-Dieter (2018), The ABC of EU law, 8th ed., Publications Office of the European Union.
  •     Bréchon, Pierre and Frédéric Gonthier (dirs.) (2014), Les valeurs des Européens: évolutions et clivages, Armand Collin.
  •     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 (2019), Convergence Report 2019, European Union Publications Office.
  •     European Parliament (2018), 100 Books on Europe to Remember, EP.
  •     Fontaine, Pascal (2017), 12 leçons sur l’Europe, 17th ed., Office des publications de l’Union européenne.
  •     Phelps, Edmund S. and Hans-Werner Sinn (eds.) (2011), Perspectives on the Performance of the Continental Economies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  •     Rodrigues, Maria Joao 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.
  •     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.

Main internet sites
  •     Euractiv: EU news and policy debates <>.
  •     European Central Bank: Research & Publications <>.
  •     European Commission: European Economy Explained <>.
  •     European Commission: Europe 2020 <>
  •     European Union: Official Website of the European Union <>.
  •     International Monetary Fund: The IMF and Europe <>
  •     OECD: European Union <>.