International relations
Study-unit Code
Conflitti internazionali, studi strategici e analisi di politica estera
Milica Uvalic
  • Milica Uvalic
  • 63 ore - Milica Uvalic
Course Regulation
Coorte 2021
Learning activities
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course offers theoretical and analytical knowledge on institutions and economic policies in the European Union. The different phases, characteristics and specific policies of economic integration in the EU are analysed, starting from the creation of the European Economic Community until today.
Reference texts
Susan Senior Nello (2016), Politica economica nell’Unione Europea, Milano, McGraw-Hill Education.
Altri riferimenti bibliografici saranno forniti durante il corso.
Educational objectives
The main skills students will acquire are a good understanding of the evolution, fundamental principles and characteristics of the process of economic integration, as well as the ability to analyse current economic problems of the European Union.
Knowledge of basic concepts of macro and microeconomics
Teaching methods
Lectures, group discussions and individual students' presentations
Learning verification modality
For students attending the course the exam consists in two parts: (1) a research on a specific topic, to be presented in class; (2) a written exam consisting of multiple choice and open questions, based on the textbook and additional readings provided on-line (Unistudium). For students not
attending lectures the exam is written with multiple choice and open questions based on the indicated textbook and additional readings available on-line (provided at Unistudium).
Extended program
The course aims to offer theoretical and analytical foundations for a better understanding of the process of economic integration of the European Union. It considers the various phases, forms and characteristics of European economic integration, starting from the creation of the European Economic Community in 1958 until today. The gradual implementation of the “four liberties” is analyzed in detail – the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour – in order to understand the functioning of the Internal Market. The course also analyses the main economic policies applied by the EU in various sectors, primarily the Common Agricultural Policy and Regional Policy. Special attention is dedicated to the European Monetary Union, the recent enlargements to Central and Eastern Europe (2004, 2007, 2013) and economic policies in the EU after the recent global economic crisis.

The following topics will be covered:
1. Basic definitions, concepts and brief history of European integration
2. The theory of international trade and European integration
3. The Single European Market
4. Long-term strategies of the EU (Lisbon Strategy, Europe 2020)
5. Labour mobility and migrations
6. European economic and monetary union: history, theoretical foundations, institutional structure and current instruments
7. The EU budget
8. The Common Agricultural Policy
9. Environmental policies
10. Regional policies of the EU
11. Social and employment policy of the EU
12. EU competition policy
13. EU enlargement to Eastern Europe
14. EU enlargement policies towards the Western Balkans
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