Understanding the European Economy

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding the European Economy

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course aims to deepen student?s knowledge of the institutional functioning of the EU as well as its most important economic policies. The course will briefly review the history of the EU and its most important economic institutions. Then we will examine both the main differences in the member state's economies and the EU's budget in an effort to understand the ongoing budgetary debate
    in the Union.

    We will also review three important EU policies namely, the agricultural policy with an emphasis on possible future reforms, the EU's regional policy in the light of the increasing competitiveness brought on by each successive step in European integration and the EU's trade policy which includes a discussion of the most important economic accords between the EU and third countries.

    We will also consider the implications for the EU of the adoption of the Single Market and the European Monetary Union as well as carefully consider the relationship of the latter with labor markets in Europe.


         - Fluent in English
         - Interest in the European Union and Economics


         - History of European Integration
         - Facts, Laws, Institutions and the Budget of the European Union
         - Decision making in the European Union
         - Economic Integration. Theory and Practice
         - Economic Integration and Growth
         - The Common Agricultural Policy
         - Location Effects, Economic Geography and Regional Policy
         - Trade Policy
         - A Single Currency. Some Theory
         - The European Monetary Union
         - Economic Integration and Labour Markets

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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