Course syllabus HEU - Economic Geography and Social Aspects of EU Membership (FBE - WS 2013/2014)

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Course code: HEU
Course title in language of instruction: Economic Geography and Social Aspects of EU Membership
Course title in Czech: Economic Geography and Social Aspects of EU Membership
Course title in English: Economic Geography and Social Aspects of EU Membership
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, period A 2/1, period B 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: master continuing
Semester: WS 2013/2014
Name of lecturer: Mgr. Jan Hodač (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Ing. Zuzana Richterková, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: Final Bachelor Exam
Aims of the course:
The course intends to provide in-depth analysis of selected economic, social and political aspects of EU integration and EU membership from the point of view of both individual Member States and European Union as a whole.

Strong emphasis is given on linking various topics so that students get overall picture of how different factors influence each other. These factors can be: economic growth, demography of today's EU, "debt crisis" of today's EU, eurozone cohesion etc.
Course contents:
1.European integration - the introduction (allowance 4/2)
a.The basic information about the course and its structure
b.The most important motives and goals for european integration after WW2
c.Geographic enlargement of the European Union (from 6 to 27)

2.Economic integration - from FTA to political union (?) (allowance 2/2)
a."Integration pyramid" and the explanation of all its steps
b.The overview of historical moments of economic cooperation among nations of today's European Union
c.The european economic integration in world's context (Bretton Wood, GATT etc.).

3.Budget of the European Union (allowance 2/4)
a.Basic characteristics and qualities of the EU's budget + comparison to other important budgets in the world
b.The major incomes and expenditures of the EU's budget
c.Any reforms of the EU's budget - when, why, which reforms?

4.EURO - history, present and the future of european currency (allowance 4/2)
a.Historical roots and reasons of euro
b.OCA theory and its application to today's eurozone
c.Today's troubles of eurozone and the possible (?) solutions

5.Economic crisis in the European Union (allowance 2/6)
a.Major sources and reasons of the economic crisis after 2008
b.Fiscal policy of EU's members and the problem of budget-deficits
c.The role of the ECB - its steps against the crisis after 2008

6.One currency, 17 different executives - the differences among the eurozone's members (allowance 2/2)
a."Draft-horses" of today's eurozone - overview of eurozone's "healthy" economics
b.So called "PIGS" - why is there such a economic slump?
c.The future of the eurozone - enlargement or collapse?

7.The main strategic documents of the European Union (allowance 2/2)
a.Lisbon strategy - goals and reasons of failures
b.Europe 2020 - grounds of such strategy, goals, specific projects
c.Aging of the EU's population - the longterm problem of the EU. How to react?

8.Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (allowance 2/2)
a.Cíle a nástroje
Goals and implementation
b.CFSP in reality - case studies

9.The future of the European Union (allowance 4/2)
a.Lisbon Treaty - what has been changed and what will be changed?
b.Possible ways for the future: USE, economic cooperation, Europe a la Carte, collapse of the EU

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-Ability to work in international context
-Ability to work independently
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information
-Work in team

Specific competences:
-Student will be able to decide which factors contributed to the eurozone economic crises after 2008
-Student will be able to evaluate the main benefits as well as the main negatives of european integration process
-Student will be able to explain the most important parametres of EU’s budget
-Student will be able to interpret the main variations of the possible future political and economic development in EU
-Student will be able to understand the european integration processes and levels (political, economic)

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice14 h
     preparation for exam60 h
     preparation of presentation14 h
     writing of seminar paper24 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
1. Presentation of own case study (topics will be defined during 1st class). Without presented research, it's not possible to write the final exam and therefore it's not possible to pass the course.

2. Written exam at the end of the term.

Two books are vitally important to reed - see recommended literature
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQNEAL, L.The economics of Europe and the European UnionCambridgeCambridge University Press2007978-0-521-68301-2
RQMARSH, D.The Euro: The Politics of the New Global CurrencyYaleYale University Press200980-205-0590-3
REPIRRO, E B. -- ZEFF, E E.The European Union and the Member StatesLondonLynne Rienner Publishers20061-58826-479-3
RELEQUESNE, C. -- BULMER, S.The Member States of the European UnionOxford University Press20050-19-925281-5
REMOWLE, T S.Allies at Odds? The United States and the European UnionNew YorkPalgrave Macmillan20041-4039-6653-2
RESMITH, H.European Union Foreign Policy: What it is and What it DoesLondonPluto Press20020-7453-1869-X
RETURNER, C. -- ROGOWSKI, R.The Shape of the New EuropeNew YorkCambridge University Press2006978-0-521-60108-5
REDedman, M. J., The Origins and Development of the EU, 1945-95. Chapters No. 1-6


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