Economics/Political Science: European Union
Universidad de Salamanca
Area of Study
Economics, European Studies, History, Political Science
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The course is designed to introduce students to the history, the political institutions, and the political economy of the European Union. Whenever possible, we shall compare the Union's institutional arrangements and its political economy to that of the United States. Topics will include the theory of economic integration, fiscal federalism, contemporary decision making in the Union, and assessment of democratic institutions in Europe. Also, we will discuss and study important and contemporary debated questions such as the monetary union, trade policies, environmental and enlargement policies, etc. Each class will be a mixture of lecture and
discussion, with occasional video and other media presentations. The lectures complete, but do not replace, the reading of the material suggested in every topic. During the course, it is strongly recommended to pay attention to the news about the European Union as they appear in national or international media.
a. Key Facts and Figures About Europe and the Europeans
b. History: From the Early Post-War Period to the Eastern Enlargement
2. Institutions and Integration:
a. Law, Institutions, and Decision Making
b. The Economics of Preferential Trading Areas and Regional Integration
c. The Budget
3. Common Policies:
a. Common Agricultural Policy
b. Competition and State Aid Policy
c. Economic Geography: Regional and Social Policies
d. Monetary Integration: History and Principles
4. Present and Future:
a. Negotiating with International Customers, Partners, and Regulators
b. Future of the E.U.: Problems and Challenges
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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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.
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