Master in European Regional Development Studies

The Geography of European Integration: Economy, Society and Institutions

Course goal

The course aims at providing a critical insight into the European economy, society and institutions, analyzing, in depth, the demographic, economic and structural characteristics of the European Union, the prevailing economic relations, the social characteristics and problems at the national and regional level. Upon completion of the course, students are going to gain valuable insight on the realities and the prospects of European integration.

Course subject

The lectures of the course are:

01 Aspects of European integration
02 Stages of European integration
03 European economy
04 European society and politics
05 EU institutional framework
06 EU bodies
07 EU Cohesion Policy
08 Structural funds and EU Cohesion Policy
09 SMEs: Policies and finance framework
10 EU Common Agricultural Policy
11 EU enlargements and the European Neighborhood Policy
12 Interaction, perceptions and cross-border cooperation
13 A critical appraisal of EU integration processes and policies


Students’ performance evaluation will be based on final written exams (maximum grade: 4 points) and on two take-home personal assignments (maximum grade: 3 points per assignment).



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