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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3570 Current Topics in European Integration

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

LUBS2140 Intermediate Microeconomics and either
LUBS2610 Intermediate Macroeconomics or
LUBS2400 The International Economic Environment

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces you to some of the main economic issues concerning the European Union at the moment. The exact topics covered depend on current affairs in the European Union but range as widely as trade and factor integration, monetary union, fiscal policies, financial markets and regional and cohesion policies. You will be introduced to a wide range of different economic theories which will allow you to critically analyse current economic issues in and beyond the European Union You will be shown how to apply these different economic theories in the context of the European Union to formulate effective policy recommendations and potential solutions to the problems of the European Union.


This module aims to introduce students to the main economic issues in the European Union, including topics like trade and factor integration, monetary union, competition, cohesion and the recent crisis of the Eurozone. Students will learn to assess different economies theories related to above topics in the context and at the backdrop of the recent trajectory of the European Union.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Interpret and outline the issues and arguments relating to specific topics in European integration
- Analyse critically and select economic theory for application in an evaluation of a range of European integration problems

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
Transferable Skills
- Critically engage with a wide range of different ideas and apply analytical rigour to present a well-structured and clear argued assessment drawing on these ideas.

Subject specific
- Select and deploy a wide range of different economic theories to assess economic problems and formulate effective policy recommendations.
- Deploy and evaluate appropriate evidence and the existing literature in the analysis of European integration problems
- Formulate policy recommendations based on different economic theories on how to tackle some of the most pressing problems of the European Union


Indicative content:
Analysis of topics from the recent literature on European integration. These topics may include theories of integration, monetary union, tax and fiscal policy, budgetary policy, industrial policy, regional policy, labour market policy, financial market regulation and regional and cohesion policies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Voluntary essays
- Workshop participation

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/01/2018


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