Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
European Economy: Development and Integration
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 16 Hours (2 hours per week)
Seminars / Tutorials 3 Hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Unseen written examination  Unseen written examination  80%
Semester Assessment Essay plus satisfactory completion of the course  Essay: One essay plus satisfactory completion of the course.  20%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Unseen written examination  Unseen written examination and resubmission of assessment  Repeat failed element  80%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  Repeat failed element  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Understand the main forces that have shaped and continue to influence the ongoing developments in the European Economy.


This module is designed to introduce students to the nature, development and integration of the European economy. It will concentrate in particular on the creation, consolidation and expansion of the European Union. The module will also examine the economic transition of non EU members and emphasise their movement towards full membership of the EU.

Brief description

This module is designed to introduce students to the nature and development of the European economy. More specifically it examines the historical, political and economic aspects of European integration and analyses the different approaches to the formation and evolution of the European Union. It also focuses on the challenge of enlargement to the East and concludes with a discussion concerning the forces that are currently influencing the future shape of the European economy.


  • Introduction and Overview
  • The Post War Economic and Political Settlement
  • The European Union treaties and institutions
  • EU Integration and Enlargement: The economics of integration; challenges and opportunities of enlargement, future directions.
  • The EU and the Single Market
  • The Common Policies
  • The EU Budget
  • Economic and Monetary Integration
  • Postscript

Transferable skills

More specifically by taking this module students will enhance several transferable skills. Attendance at lectures should help note taking and inculcate critical thinking. Essay writing will enhance writing as well as time management skills and problem solving. Classroom participation will enhance teamwork, communication and presentational skills and reinforce further time management skills. The inclusion of the recommended web sites and encouragement to use the library fully should help to enhance basic IT and research skills.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Hitiris, Theodore. (2002.) European Union economics /T. Hitris. Prentice Hall, Financial Times Primo search
Supplementary Text
Senior Nello, Susan (2005) The European Union :economics, policies and history /Susan Senior Nello McGraw-Hill Education Primo search
Consult For Futher Information
Baldwin, Richard E. (2006.) The economics of European integration /Richard Baldwin, Charles Wyplosz. McGraw-Hill Education Primo search Johnson, D and Turner, C (2006) European Business 2nd Edition Routledge Primo search
Recommended Background
Aldcroft, Derek Howard (2001) The European economy, 1914-2000 /Derek H. Aldcroft. Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4