PSEU 340: Politics and Economics of the European Union*

Instructor: Giordana Pulcini - Ph.D.
Credits: 3
Course/Lab Fee: 45€ for excursion to Rome (course reader fee announced by the Print Shop)
Prerequisite: None
Cross-Listing: Courses with Service Learning Components, Economics, Political Science

Course Description

This course introduces students to the politics and economics of European integration. The major topics covered include a detailed presentation of the origins and evolution of integration from World War II onward, discussion of both the politics and economics of the ECSC, the customs union, the movement toward the common market (i.e., since the Single European Act), agricultural policy, fiscal policy and monetary integration.


There will also be discussion of EU institutions, social and regional policies, major contemporary issues (e.g., immigration, expansion), major events that have affected the course of integration (e.g., German unification) and EU relations with other parts of the world (e.g., with the ACP countries).


Course Objectives

  • Develop a broad understanding of the origins of the European Union and of the unique nature and functions of the main EU institutions, laws and policies
  • Acquire the instruments to understand the EU core political, social and economic values, and compare them with the US fundamental rights

Service Learning Project

Students in this course will participate in an educational workshop with immigrants in Italy at the Ramus Oleae Immigration Center in Perugia to discuss cultural experiences, challenges and strategies to cope with life abroad, and reflect on the impact of cultural, social and economic differences on day-to-day life. Each student will then research and develop a stance on one human right listed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. A newly revised class Charter will be presented for the Centro and Umbra community.


Field Trip

Students take a day trip to Rome where they tour the Senate to experience first-hand how Italian government works.


Course Materials

Neal, Larry and Daniel Barbezat, The Economics of the European Union and the Economies of Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998). McCormick, John, The European Union: Politics and Policies (Boulder: Westview Press, 1999), 2nd edition.

Mandatory course reader

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