Economics, Political Science, Courses with Service Learning Components

*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 during orientation)
Prerequisite: None

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

The service learning project at Ubuntu Centro Immigrazione in Perugia provides students with first-hand experience on the impact that the enforcement (or, in many case, the non-enforcement) of the EU fundamental rights has on the non-EU citizens who, temporarily or permanently, move to the European Union. After an educational workshop at the Centro, each student will focus on one human right listed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and then research their argument supporting, challenging, and/or rewriting it. Together, the class will present and discuss the newly revised class Charter for the Centro and Umbra community at the end of the semester. This project allows students to share cultural experiences with immigrants, discuss challenges and strategies to cope with life abroad, while reflecting on the impact of cultural, social and economic differences on day-to-day life.


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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