Economic Policy in the EU

The European Union has achieved deep integration of the economies of its member states. Its ambition is to continue this integration. Understanding both the achievements and the ambitions of the European Union are the main purpose of this course.


  • Course in de Programme Law and Economics, course code 22054514.
  • Course in the Programme Minor Economics and Public Policy, course code 22054514.
  • Course in the LLC-programme, course code 22054514.
  • Optional course.


Course outline

The European Union has achieved a unique level of economic integration. The six founding members initially focused on trade integration, but the cooperation widened to currently 28 member states, and it deepened into a large single market, where countries have given up parts of their economic sovereignty in favour of an intense economic cooperation at the EU level. In this course, we discuss the development and the landmarks of this integration process. We will focus on the economic analysis of international economic processes, such as the increase in trade flows and the flow of capital and workers, and on the analysis of economic policies, such as the European monetary policy.

At the end of this course, the student will have a better understanding of the economic processes and policies in the European Union. He or she will be able to link legal and political developments in the EU to economic developments and will be able to present the relevant discussions.

Course objectives 

Objectives of the course
The course is part of the Minor Economics. In this course, the student will attain knowledge and an understanding on the issues in the field of Economic Policy in the EU. The student will be trained to independently analyse these issues 

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  1. You will be able to recognize and define important current issues in the major areas of European Economic Integration, and you can identify the required steps to progress towards further integration.
  2. You will be able to summarize economic policies in the European Union and interpret these policies in terms of economic efficiency and economic interests.
  3. You will be able to use graphs to analyse the process of economic integration in the EU.
  4. You will be able to write concise briefs on indicated topics from the material using material from the course and material that you collect from the websites of the European Union and its member states.

Link(s) to Research Program:
  • Making and enforcing International Law and the regulation of international economic interaction in a situation of multilevel jurisdiction. 
  • Social cohesion, multiculturalism and globalisation.


The course is 5 EC.

Prerequisite / submission procedure

It is recommended to complete an Introduction to (International) Economics prior to taking this course.  
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Obligatory course material (2017-2018)

  • Richard Baldwin and Charles Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration (5th edition), McGrawHill Education, 2015.
  • Reader, available through Blackboard.


The lectures of this course take place in the period April and May 2018. View Blackboard or the website of the Faculty of Law for a detailed and up-to-date schedule. 
Tuesday 5 - 7 pm KOG, room tba
Thursday 5 - 7 pm KOG, room tba


Grading and Examination
A written exam at the end of the course, which counts for 85% of the grade. In case of an insufficient for the course (the weighted average of the exam and the paper), the written exam can be retaken.

Written assignments and presentations during the course (15%). The written assignments apply to both the final exam and the resit (for 15%).

Registration for the exam: students have to register through the system of the Faculty of Law (uSis). Students that find themselves unable to enter the administrative system of the Faculty of Law should report to the Onderwijs Informatie Centrum (071-527 8787) /

Examination dates
The written exam is planned on tba. The retake will take place on tba. View Tentamenkalender.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.

Students have to register through the system of the Faculty of Law (uSis). Students that find themselves unable to enter the administrative system of the Faculty of Law should report to the Onderwijs Informatie Centrum (071-527 8787).

Laatst Gewijzigd: 17-07-2017