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The Political Economy of the European Union


Admission requirements

At least BSA (40 ects).


The European project had a strong economic character at its inception. Two of the three European Communities, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Economic Community, were both legal entities based on economic institutions and economic regulation. Many of the steps towards the European Union taken in the following years also had a clear economic rationale. These included the creation of a Common Agricultural Policy, the introduction of regional and social policies, and the creation of an Economic and Monetary Union. More recently, Europe has been dealing with a severe financial and economic crisis, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU (‘Brexit’), and the Covid-19 pandemic, that may require new initiatives in the field of European integration.

This course aims to provide course participants with a thorough understanding of the political, economic and legal aspects behind the process of European integration and the political and economic challenges the European Union faces.

Course objectives

To provide course participants with:

  • A basic understanding of the political economy behind the process of European integration and the main policies of the European Union.

  • Knowledge of the current legal and economic challenges the European Union is facing.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


The final mark will be a combination of the following marks, weighted in the following way: The final mark will be based on a midterm exam (40%), focusing on the content of the first block of the semester, and a final exam (60%), focusing on the second block. Course participants who do not achieve a passing mark as the final mark will be given the opportunity to take a retake exam, which will count 100%. The retake exam is representative of the whole course content.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Any course participant who has not passed the course is eligible for the resit.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a course participant requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

To be announced before the course.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


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