Course: European Union

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Course title European Union
Course code KEK/W0031
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
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) Introduction 2) History of European integration and theoretical approaches to integration 3) European Council; Council of the European Union; European Parliament, European Commission; competences. 4) Other EU institutions. 5) European law and changes coming from the Lisbon Treaty. 6) Decision making procedures in the Council. 7) EU internal market; basic characteristics, expected effects. 8) EU budget: functions, sources of incomes and development of structure of expenditures.  9) Regional and cohesion policy  10) Common agricultural policy  11) EU in the world. Common foreign and security policy (CFSP); trade policy 12) EU Enlargement. Copenhagen criteria, economic and political aspects of enlargement 13 Monetary integration.

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: - attendance (only 3 absences allowed) - news for every lecture + discussion - presentation (20-30 min) + discussion - essay (1 A4) to the presentation topic Points: - activity (discussion, news): 20 - essay: 10 (if delivered late = 0 points) - presentation: 10 It is necessary to have 24 points (60 %) to pass the course.
Recommended literature
  • BALDWIN, R. & WYPLOSZ, Ch. Economics of European Integration. London, 2012. ISBN 9780077131722.

Study plans that include the course
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