The Political Economy of European Integration

Verbredende minor
10 weken

Minor The Political Economy of European Integration

Minor The Political Economy of European Integration


The strongest feature of the course is the combination of Economics, Law, and Politics comprehensively altogether. Students who aspire to specialize in Political Economy, International Trade and Public Policy, or simply wish to broaden their knowledge about the EU should definitely do this Minor
Alya SatriawanErasmus School of Economics

I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn more about the history, workings and mechanisms of the EU. Moreover, the course is structured, the essay allows one to choose a subject and dig deeper into it and the trip to Brussels has been the highlight of the course!
Pauline van der VaerenRotterdam School of Management

The effects of European Integration can be felt everywhere. At the supermarket you can buy food from other EU countries and the Bologna process led to a harmonization of academic degrees, making it easier for students to study at different universities in the EU. The Erasmus programme allows many students to go abroad and explore both cultural and educational differences. Furthermore, recent events such as Brexit and COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the political relevance of European Integration.

This course examines practical and theoretical issues concerning European Integration and touches upon economic and legal implications of the European Union: What is the political background of European Integration? How does it affect us in daily life? Is it possible to preserve a country’s specificities, like culture or social security, while at the same time benefitting from more economic exchange?

This course includes:

  • Different lecturers giving insights in their specific field of expertise
  • A possible trip to Brussels to visit the EU institutions and meet EU decision makers

Learning objectives

After following this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the methodological and theoretical backgrounds of economic theories (such as economic integration, international trade and federalism) by using economics terminology and making use of graphs.
  2. Summarise the foundations and basic principles of the European legal system by using legal terminology.
  3. Critically assess a European policy area from a legal and economic perspective involving the insights of economic theories and legal rules in their argument.

Special aspects

This minor is highly recommended for those who desire pursuing a Master in European studies, public administration and other policy driven studies. This course is taught in English. No special skills are required. However, students with an affinity to economics and business may have an advantage.

The lecture attendance is compulsory. Specific arrangements for part-time students are possible.

Term paper & Presentation
For certain classes, small working groups will be formed for drafting an individual short term paper and preparing a presentation. These activities aim at facilitating a deeper understanding of European integration by applying the gained knowledge to specific fields.

Brussels Trip
The lecturers intend to plan a visit to different institutions relevant to European policy-making such as the Commission, NGOs and companies (e.g. ExxonMobil).

Overview content

Module 1: European Integration as a multidisciplinary field of research
The module aims at introducing European integration as a multidisciplinary field of research (especially economics, law and history). The students will learn basic aspects of international trade and will know how to place them into context.

Module 2: Political economy of European integration
Federalism will be introduced as an economic and political means to respect local preferences and to fix local problems. The concept of regulatory competition will be introduced at a basic level. The economic theory of democracy and bureaucracy will be applied to the European Union. Lastly, competition policy and environmental policy will be discussed.

Module 3: Self chosen term paper topic
In this module, students will draft an individual term paper which relates to the contents learned in the two previous modules. The lecturers will guide the writing process. The students will learn to write a scientific paper. 

Teaching methods

This minor will consist of mixed-method teachings where interactive lectures and practical skills/cases are a part of the curriculum. In addition, the students will get guidance to write a short term paper as well as prepare and give a professional presentation. The Brussels trip will give students the unique opportunity to interact with political leaders in Brussels.

Teaching materials

At the start of the course, a syllabus and study resources will be distributed. However, the distributed materials are only suggestions of literature that could be used during this course. It will be expected from students to consult multiple sources on each topic. This is essential, because when using a single source, representation of the substance is often too poor. Multiple sources enrich the representation of the course material, and thus help students better understand the content. There will be no costs involved for students.

Slides will be provided before the according lessons.


Method of examination 
The method of examination for this course comprises three parts. Each module has a separate exam. Module 1 has a written exam with open questions. Module 2 consists of a group presentation. Module 3 is an individual research topic implying a graded term paper. Every module counts equally.
An example of a research paper will be placed on Canvas during the block.

Composition final grade
The Minor is passed successfully if two modules have been passed and the weighted average grade of the three modules is not below 5.5. Please note that uneven final grades will be rounded according to the exam regulations of Erasmus School of Law.

Oral comments on the term paper and preparation are regularly given at the working groups. In addition, students may contact the lecturers for making an appointment.

Frequently asked questions


Please read the application procedure for more information. 

Contact information

Alberto Quintavalla
+31 10 4082186
room: Sanders Building (L) - Area 4.13

Verbredende minor
10 weken
Erasmus School of Law
Studiepunten (EC)
Campus Woudestein

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