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The Political Economy of the European Union


Admission requirements

At least BSA (40 ects).


Two of the first supranational European projects, the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community, were both legal entities based on economic institutions and economic regulation. Nearly all of the major legal 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. Europe’s recent expansion to the east has also brought forward several economic challenges. Most recently, Europe has been dealing with a severe financial and economic crisis that may require new initiatives in the field of European integration .
This course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the political economy of the EU, focussing on economic rationales and legal aspects behind the process of European integration and the current economic challenges facing the European Union. To do so, it will introduce students into the basics of EU law as well as economic and trade theory. .

Course objectives

  • To provide students with a basic understanding of the political economy behind the process of European integration and the main policies of the European Union

  • To provide students with an understanding of the current legal and economic challenges facing the European Union


See Timetable.

Method of instruction


Course load

Total course load is 5 ec x 28 hours = 140 hours:

  • lectures and exams (14 × 2 hours = 28 hours);

  • studying literature (112 hours).

Assessment method

The final mark will be a combination of the following notes obtained during the classes, weighted in the following way:

  • midterm exam (40%);

  • final exam (60%).


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


There will be a retake exam in June.

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 student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

  • To be announced before the course


Via uSis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.




Dr. J.S. Oster