SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHL126656
Module Leader James Campbell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module begins by reviewing a number of techniques, which can be utilised to analyse the effects of changes in the European business environment for the economy in general and businesses in particular. Thereafter the module will focus on an exploration of how certain policy areas within the competence of the EU have affected the activities of businesses. The main policy areas to be covered include transport, regional, social, employment, environmental and external relations. The main objective will be to determine how these policies and changes in these policies have affected the environment in which European businesses operate.


Analysing the European Business Environment. Transport Policy in the EU Regional Problems and Policies in the EU The European Social Dimension EU Environmental Policy External Relations and Trade.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1) Critically analyse the main environmental forces affecting business organisations within the EU.2) Demonstrate a critical understanding of specific EU policy areas and recent developments in those areas.3) Identify and analyse the opportunities and threats arising from recent developments and changes in particular policy areas.4) Critically evaluate the implications for business as a result of the process of European economic integration.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Formal lectures will be complemented by student led seminars in which the issues will be explored in greater depth. In the seminars the students will be expected to perform a number of different tasks including delivering papers on particular issues, acting as a discussant and performing the role of rapporteur. 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. As university for the common good, equality and diversity principles are core GCU values. Equality, diversity and inclusivity is embedded in this module through the creation of learning, teaching and assessment strategies that promote equality of opportunity, eliminate discrimination and harness the benefits of functional and demographic diversity. Engaging students of different class, race and ethnic backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation and beliefs is ensured in this module in the following ways; b7 A curriculum that is accessible and meaningful to all by actively valuing diversity and encouraging students to draw on their own experiences in relation to the module content; b7 Conscious use of language and module content that is free from stereotyping, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination based on systems of belief b7 Recognition and awareness of perceived power imbalances within the student cohort (e.g. gender, race, class and intersecting identities). This is dependent on identifying the characteristics of the student cohort before the module commences.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: 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 Online sources: <> <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students should have gained competence in the following key areas: Analytical and critical thinking skills Communication skills (oral and written) Discussion skills Essay writing Problem solving skills Interpersonal skills Time management skills Team working skills

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Individual Essay 2000 words
Exam 01 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen Examination