This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Limited places are also open for exchange students.
Please note: this course takes place in The Hague. Traveling between University buildings from Leiden to The Hague takes about 45 minutes.
The course “Economics – Europe” is designed to provide an overview of economic and economic policy developments in Europe since the interwar period, with an additional emphasis on how European developments have impacted and been impacted by global economic and economic policy forces. The focus will emphasize more recent events, but the course will begin with a few ‘key’ scenarios from earlier periods, which laid the groundwork for modern economic institutions and policy, thus creating path dependencies which have made the European economy into what it is today.
For many decades, it seemed to western intellectuals as if communism, or even (for a briefer period) fascism, might actually hold the key to the greatest economic prosperity for the majority of Europeans. Even amongst pro-market liberals, the advanced European economies remained continually aware of the pros and cons of the American capitalistic model, and frequently sought to define themselves against the spectacle of American greatness and American poverty. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 seemed to usher in a new era of opportunity for Europe, an era crowned by the advent of the Euro and the European Union. The crash of 2008, however, threatened, and still threatens, to undo much of the ‘dream of union.’ What is best for Europe? How do we define and answer this question in terms of prosperity?
Acquired an overview of the historical and contemporary economic developments and political economy dynamics in their chosen area and deepen their existing knowledge and understanding of different economic systems, economic institutions, economic processes and actors in the different regions/countries of the region, using the concepts acquired during the courses Economics and Configuring the World.
Been acquainted with academic debates on selected topics in the specific region.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Lectures are held every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Weekly lectures will cover issues both inside and outside the readings.
Tutorials are held once every three weeks, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent without notification and valid reason or not being present at half or more of the tutorial sessions will mean your assignments will not be assessed, and result in a 1.0 for the tutorial (30% of the final grade).
Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:
Attending lectures: 24 hours
Attending tutorials: 8 hours
Assessment hours (midterm and final exam): 4 hours
Study of compulsory literature: (approximately 7 pages per hour): 64 hours
Time for completing assignments, preparing classes and exams: 40 hours
Midterm exam: Written examination with open questions, part essay, part 'fill in the blank'.
Final exam: Written examination with open questions, part essay, part 'fill in the blank'.
To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:
The end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of tutorial, midterm exam and final exam.
The weighted average of the midterm exam and final exam needs to be 5.5 or higher.
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), or the weighted average of midterm- and final exams is lower than 5.5, there is a possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier midterm and final exam grades. No resit for the tutorial is possible.
Please note that if the resit exam grade is lower than 5.5, you will not pass the course, regardless of the tutorial grade.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
- I. Berend, An Economics History of 20th Century Europe, (Cambridge, 2006)
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis can be found here.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.