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Instructor Class Description

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Kyle A Galler
EURO 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

This course examines the history of European economic cooperation as a motivating and driving force for European integration for the past fifty years. It will look at the current economic situation of the EU, its policy objectives and instruments, and the challenges it faces and the ways in which it hopes to meet them.

Monetary union and the need for policy coordination; pension and welfare systems; innovation and entrpreneurship; labour market flexibility; sustainability; globalisation and trade.

The course will focus more on practical, political issues than theoretical economics, with the perspective of the experienced EU practitioner providing insights into how key EU decisions are actually made.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be run as a seminar with students expected to participate actively in class discussions. Course sessions will stress discussion of key EU legislative and political texts in the economic area. The course will include an online simulation of negotiations on economic legislation.

Recommended preparation

Students need a good knowledge of the structure and institutions of the EU, as well as a basic appreciation of the economic situation of the EU. Familiarity with basic economic concepts is desirable, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be required:

1. To participate in a simulation of the EU legislative process (largely online, but some class sessions will also be dedicated to this), including related research of the position of the simulated country or institution. 2. To introduce the reading matter under discussion for at least one class session. 3. To research a new policy area for discussion each week.

Class participation, including simulation exercise and introductory presentations as above: 25%

Midterm exam: 30%

Final exam: 45%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Anne Ec Hilton
Date: 01/18/2007