Course: European Union

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Course title European Union
Course code KEK/W0031
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Siviček Tomáš, Ing. PhD.
Course content
1. History of the EU. From Paris to Lisbon. 2. Theoretical approaches to the integration: Free trade area, Customs union, Internal market et cet. 3: The three pillars of the EU as they have been defined in the Maastricht treaty. 4: European institutions: European Council, Council of the EU. Decision making procedures. 5. European Commission. European Parliament, Court of Justice and other institutions. 6. Principles of the European law. 7. Lisbon treaty. The most disputed issues. 8. Internal market. Free movement of all factors. 9. Regional a structural policies of the EU. Objectives and tools. 10. The European budget. What is financed from this budget? 11. Enlargement of the EU. Copenhagen criteria. Where do the limits stand?

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 39 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 39 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Using an interactive form, the aim of the course is to understand basic principles and development tendencies of functioning of the European Union, including the problematics related to the Czech Republic after the EU entry. The course follows lectures of economic theory, world economy, economic policy and economic history, thus it allows students to understand the problematics of the EU even in a broader context (micro-, macroeconomic and regional).
After completing the course students can: - describe historical context and social, economic and political importance of European integration; - explain institutional structure of the EU and position of particular organs including decision making mechanism; - evaluate a sense, goals and creation of basic EU policies and their relation to member states.
Knowledge of English (advanced level).

Assessment methods and criteria
Active approach to discussions, oral interview
Recommended literature
  • BALDWIN, R. & WYPLOSZ, Ch. Economics of European Integration. London, 2012. ISBN 9780077131722.

Study plans that include the course