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Economics and Institutions of Eu

Code 12429
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Economics
Entry requirements N.A.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes The module is organized into nine topics. Upon successful completion of the course, students are able to:
1. Review and summarise published material on the selected topics for the study of the European Union economy;
2. Explain the importance and relevance of the information contained in reading and other resources;
3. Explain and apply economic theory, diagrams and quantitative models to address the European economic
performance and policies;
4. Compare and contrast different aspects of the economic policies debate associated to the topics selected, using
theoretical and methodological economics instruments and empirical evidences;
5. Formulate a consistent and critical judgment on the status of the debates;
6. Discuss issues that shape internal and external dynamics of the EU economy, and the challenges and perspectives
they face;
7. Communicate effectively both in written and speaking.
Syllabus The focus is on a set of selected topics of the European Union economic agenda, including both internal and external
economic relations topics. It ends with an analysis of critical performance issues of Portuguese experience in the EMU
and their policy implications.
I - Global Economic Imbalances
II – History, Institutions, Budget and the Decision Process in the European Union (EU)
III - Monetary Integration and European Monetary Union (EMU)
IV – Convergence and Imbalances in the EMU
V – EMU and Financial System
VI – EMU and Fiscal Integration
VII - Structural Policies in EU: Growth, Employment, Cohesion, Environment and Competitiveness
VIII – The EU and the Economic Globalisation: critical factors and challenges
IX - Portuguese Economy in the EMU: facts, challenges and policies
Main Bibliography Bibliografia Obrigatória/Compulsory Readings
Baldwin, R. and Wyplosz, C. (2012). The Economics of European Integration, (4th edition), McGraw-Hill.
De Grauwe, Paul (2007). The Economics of Monetary Union (7th edition), Oxford, OUP.
El-Agraa, A.M. (2011). The European Union: Economics and Policies, (8th edition), Prentice Hall.
Lista de textos selecionados referenciados no guia do curso, disponível na plataforma de e-learning da UC./ A reading
list of texts announced in the course scheduling and description, available on the module e-learning platform.
Bibliografia Adicional/Additional Readings
Burda, Michael and Wyplosz, Charles (2012). Macroeconomics: A European Text. (6th edition), Oxford, OUP.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The lectures offer a structured transmission of analytical tools framing the subjects addressed. The theory and analytical tools are integrated with practical questions and case studies. The discussion-based sessions aim to stimulate students’ capacity to analyse, debate and criticise relevant questions associated to selected topics: activities
supported by journal articles, technical reports, video-conferences, data gathered from IOs, experts’ writings and student presentations. Tutorial sessions provide support to students’ questions and guidance for the assignments. Student’s learning activities includes office hours, scheduled meetings and e-learning activities.
The module uses various forms of assessment to evaluate different skills and abilities.
Continuous Assessment Grade (CAG)
Oral presentation (15 %); Individual Paper (25%); Test (50%); (Participation (10%)
Failed: CAG < 6; plagiarism practices; attendance < 80 % of class sessions
Final Exam Grade: CGA (50%) + exam (50%)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-04-29

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