Course 2005-2006 a.y.



Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 17
DIEM (6 credits - II sem. - CC)
Course Director:

Classes: 17 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The course aims at analysing the issues related to the process of European integration through a theoretical and a policy perspective.
Through the study of economic integration theories, students are able to have a critical perspective on the basic issues leading to the development of the European Institutions and the different historical phases of the European Union, ultimately giving birth to the Economic and Monetary Union.

Course Content Summary

The course is composed of three sections and one specialised part.
The first part of the course is devoted to the study of the different theories of economic integration, considering the market of goods (customs unions, free trade areas), of factors of production (common markets) and the co-ordination of economic policies (economic union). A link is made between the theoretical instruments and the actual evolution of the European integration process.
The second part explores the main European policies their common objectives, instruments and financial means, and their evolution over time. A particular focus is devoted to the policy changes introduced by the enlargement of the Union and the new EU financial perspectives. The EU external relations are also  analysed in detail (specialised part).
The third part of the course is centred on the effects of the Economic and Monetary Union for the common economic policies and the European system of governance.
In the specialised part the EU policy towards third countries is presented in a theoretical and historical perspective.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Oral exam and  partial written exam (optional); mandatory take home assignment on the EU policies.


  • C. ALTOMONTE, M. NAVA, Economics and Policies of an Enlarged Europe, Edward Elgar, 2005 (forthcoming).

Additional notes/readings will be provided when dealing with specific topics covered in the program through the Learning Space of the course.

For further and continuously updated information consult the IEP web site or contact S.I.D. - Servizio Informazione Didattica - Institute of Economics - via Gobbi, 5 - Room 313.

Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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