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

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Course title: Economic Geography and Social Aspects of EU Membership
Semester: WS 2013/2014
Course supervisor: Ing. Zuzana Richterková, Ph.D.
Supervising department: Department of Finance (FBE)
Time allowance: full-time, period A 2/1, period B 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Prerequisites for registration: Final Bachelor Exam
Type of study: usual, consulting
Form of teaching: lecture, seminar
Mode of completion and credits: Exam (5 credits)
Course objective:
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 content:
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

Teaching methods and workload (hours of workload):
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
Key words:
Course completion:
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
Course methods: Lectures, seminars, case studies, simulations, presentations of seminar works.
Allocation of Hours (lectures/seminars): 24/24
Reading list:
NEAL, L. The economics of Europe and the European Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 440 p. ISBN 978-0-521-68301-2.
MARSH, D. The Euro: The Politics of the New Global Currency. Yale: Yale University Press, 2009. 352 p. ISBN 80-205-0590-3.

PIRRO, E B. -- ZEFF, E E. The European Union and the Member States. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006. 498 p. ISBN 1-58826-479-3.
LEQUESNE, C. -- BULMER, S. The Member States of the European Union. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-19-925281-5.
MOWLE, T S. Allies at Odds? The United States and the European Union. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 228 p. ISBN 1-4039-6653-2.
SMITH, H. European Union Foreign Policy: What it is and What it Does. London: Pluto Press, 2002. 285 p. ISBN 0-7453-1869-X.
TURNER, C. -- ROGOWSKI, R. The Shape of the New Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 214 p. ISBN 978-0-521-60108-5.
Dedman, M. J., The Origins and Development of the EU, 1945-95. Chapters No. 1-6

Study plans:
C-EMAJ-ESEN European Studies in Business and Economics, full-time form, initial academic year SS 2012/2013
Run in the period of: WS 2019/2020, WS 2018/2019, WS 2017/2018, WS 2016/2017, WS 2015/2016, SS 2014/2015   (and older)
Course tutor: Mgr. Jan Hodač (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Ing. Zuzana Richterková, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Teaching language: English
Town: Brno

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