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Module Title LH Economics of the European Union
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 08 29176
Module Lead Mike Walsh
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions Students on degree programmes outside economics for which this module is an option on their degree programme must also have passed Microeconomics (08 28536).
Description This module explores key elements in the economics of European integration. Its main goal is to provide an analysis of the rationale and the consequences for European countries of the establishment of common economic policies. Discussions on economic policy are based upon analysis of the theory and the methodology and data that have been applied in empirical assessment together with implications of the results obtained. Topics covered include: preferential trading areas, trade policy, the EU’s internal market, financing the EU, monetary union, EU enlargement, potential UK exit from the EU, plus internal policies such as regional policy and competition policy. While the focus is principally on the economic dimension of the European Union, it is firmly placed within the context of the surrounding political debates.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • apply economic theory to a range of EU issues;
  • critically assess theories of economic integration;
  • critically evaluate economic policies of the EU;
  • research EU issues by using a range of information sources and assess the appropriateness of these sources;
  • demonstrate communication skills and the abilities to collaborate and work in a team effectively.
Assessment 29176-01 : Essay : Coursework (50%)
29176-03 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 2 hour written examination (50%); 2000 words essay (50%)
Reassessment: by failed element
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