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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP5070268, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1866, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCIA COPPOLARO SPS/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/06 History of International Relations 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for enrolment in this course.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will allow students to grasp the origin and the main characteristics of the economic integration of Europe and to critically discuss the current development of the EU. Becoming familiar with the economic history of the European integration will enable students to better understand the Euro crisis, the stance of the EU in international relations and in the global economy.

Beyond learning about the economic history of the European integration, students will acquire or improve a set of skills that will be useful in their future career. Students will be required to work in groups as well as on their own, present their work and ideas to an audience, read and comprehend large amounts of information and reproduce it in broad or fine detail according to a given amount of time. These activities will help students to enhance their public speaking abilities, elaborate and present their own analysis and commit to deadlines.
Examination methods: Twenty minutes presentation on an assigned topic: 25% of grade.
Class participation: 25% of the grade.
Two-hour written exam, two questions: 50% of grade.

Students who take the exam without attending the course:
two-hour written exam, four questions.
Assessment criteria: The professor will evaluate students’ knowledge and ability to critically analyze topics discussed in class and to present their opinions to an audience.
Course unit contents: This course explains the economic history of the European Union taking into account the evolution of the international economy. The main argument throughout the course will be that economic integration constitutes a specific response by a set of nations to events unanimously felt as crucial challenges to their fundamental economic, social and political goals, either as individual nations or as a community of nations.

The course begins by focusing on the process of economic growth in postwar Europe, its historical background, its main explanatory factors and relation with the regional integration and globalization. Then the course examines the historical development of the European Economic Community and the European Union as a regional economic area, analysing the evolution of its institutional architecture and some of its common policies (commercial, agriculture and competition policies). In addition, the course explores the historical experience of Europe under different exchange rate regimes, and the development of a regional area of monetary stability from the European Monetary System to Economic and Monetary Union. Then the course considers the present crisis of the EU and its implications for the monetary union. As a last topic, the course reviews the main theories of the European integration. Each topic will be discussed in its theoretical implications and its historical features.

1st session
Introduction to the course and rules of the game

Topic 1: The Reconstruction of Western Europe
2nd session: 1.1. The international consensus: The Bretton Woods System
3rd session: 1.2. The European national designs: The politics of productivity
4th session: 1.3. The European regional design of reconstruction: the Marshall plan, trade and payments co-operation
5th session: 1.4. Western European coal and steel integration

Topic 2: The Golden Age of Western Capitalism
6th session: 2.1. The role of Germany in intra-European trade dynamism
7th session: 2.2. From a customs union to a European Economic Community

Topic 3: The EEC as a regional trading area
8th session: 3.1. The Common Commercial Policy and GATT/WTO: Trade as the workhouse of integration (1958-2015)
9th session: 3.2. The Common Agricultural Policy (1958-2015)

Topic 4: The collapse of the Bretton Woods and the oil crisis
10th session: 4.1. The end of the Golden Age;
11th session: 4.2. The European response (I): The search for a regional area of monetary stability, 1973-1992
12th session: 4.3. The European response (II): further market integration and territorial expansion
13th session: 4.4. Enlarging the EEC/EC (1961-1986)

Topic 5: The European economy in a changing scenario
14th session: 5.1. The Eastern European economy and the collapse of the Soviet bloc (1947-1992)
15th session: 5.2. Monetary integration, macroeconomic stability and nominal convergence: the political economy of the Maastricht Treaty
16th session: 5.3 The newcomers: the political economy of the enlargement to Eastern and Central Europe

Topic 6: The European Union, globalisation and economic crisis
17th session: 6.1. The EU and productivity divergence, demographic gap and labour market
18th session: 6.2. Europe and the economic crisis: should we save the Euro?
19th session: 6.3 The origins and consequences of Brexit

20th-21th sessions
Students’ presentations

22nd session
Comments and conclusions
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is built on lectures, class discussions on the assigned readings and student presentations.

In the first and second weeks, the instructors will distribute a sign-up sheet for the presentations, so students can arrange the dates and topics according to their tastes. Presentations will be on a program-related topic and can be prepared in small groups (two/three students) or individually. Students will be expected to present for 20 minutes on the assigned topic by using PowerPoint.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A list of compulsory readings will be made available before the beginning of the course and will help students understand the material covered in the lectures. It is recommended that students read the corresponding material before each topic is covered in class. In addition, the slides corresponding to each topic will be available before each class.

Students not attending the course: please get in touch with the professors.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Karl Gunnar Persson, An Economic History of Europe: Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present. Cambridge:: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Richard Baldwin and Charles Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration. --: McGraw Hill, 2015. 5th edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Barry J. Eichengreen, The European economy since 1945: coordinated capitalism and beyond, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Princeton: Princeton University, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo