EUROPEAN ECONOMICS: POLICIES AND PROBLEMS

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3L122561
Module Leader James Campbell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 2 Economics module or equivalent

Summary of Content

The first part of the module explores the role of the EU in a number of specific policy areas including competition, industrial and agricultural policy. In the second part of the module attention is focussed on the economic performance of the EU since the introduction of the Euro to determine the extent to which the expected benefits from the single currency have materialised. Finally the module will conclude by considering the future development of the EU in relation to further enlargement and reform to the institutions and the decision-making procedures.

Syllabus

Introduction: Who does what? European Competition Policy. European Industrial Policy. The Common Agricultural Policy. The Euro and Economic Performance. The Future Shape of the EU.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to;" Appreciate and understand the increasing influence of the EU on business and people." Demonstrate a critical understanding of specific EU policy areas and recent developments in these areas." Evaluate the impact of the single currency on economic performance." Demonstrate an appreciation of the issues affecting the future development of the EU.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching learning strategy for this module will be focused upon a number of thematic lectures and student-centred seminars. Formal lectures will be complemented by student led seminars in which the issues will be explored in greater depth. Extensive use will be made of the GCU Learn site for this module as a feedback mechanism and as a source of additional information for the students. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

R. Baldwin & C. Wyplosz Economics of European Integration (4 th edition) Mc Graw-Hill 2012 A. El-Agraa The European Union. Economics and Policies (9 th Edition) Cambridge University Press 2011 S. Nello The European Union: Economics, Policies and History (2 nd edition) McGraw -Hill 2009 P. De Grauwe Economics of Monetary Union (8 th edition) OUP 2009 -567 Online sources: -720 <http://europa.eu/> The official EU page on the web. Links to eurostats and member states <http://www.eubusiness.com> Useful source of up to date information about the EU and its various policies. <http://www.ceps.be/> The web site for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), an independent policy research institute dedicated to producing sound policy research leading to constructive solutions to the challenges facing Europe today . <http://www.euractiv.com/> EurActiv.com provides useful updates and discussion pieces on some specific EU policies (such as EU 2020, Regional policy etc.) as well as country reports on countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Hungary and more. <http://www.guardian.co.uk> Web site of The Guardian good source of up to date information with a good archive and links to other sites. <http://news.bbc.co.uk> Web site of BBC news, good source of up to date information with a good archive and links to other sites. <http://www.ft.com/home/uk> Financial Times web site <http://www.cer.org.uk/> Centre for European Reform (CER) a think tank devoted to improving the quality of debate on the future of the European Union. <http://www.bruegel.org/about.html> Bruegel is an independent think tank designed to improve the quality of economic policy making within Europe.

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students should have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 Develop presentation and analytical skills. -360b7 Carry out literature review. Engage in debate and discussion.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 113.00
Assessment (FT) 52.00
Seminars (FT) 11.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 1.00 20.00 35% Essay (2000 words)
Coursework 1 1.00 20.00 35% Oral Presentation
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 60.00 35% Unseen exam