HMV423 Europe in Interantional Economy

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Vladan Hodulák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Oldřich Krpec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Mgr. Petr Svatoň (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Iva Raclavská, DiS. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Oldřich Krpec, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 12:00–13:40 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 59 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 42/59, only registered: 1/59
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course introduces students to the key theoretical concepts of International Political Economy (IPE). At the end of the course the students shall understand the European economic position and its perspectives in global economy. They shall also become familiar with the approach of IPE and its analysis of the most actual problems including the European Union economy competitiveness, the position of EU in WTO trade negotiations, the agricultural trade reform or benefits of common market. At the end of the course students should be able to: understand the position of EU in global economy and explain it consequences for the economic policies and competitiveness of EU; work with the sum of information and be able to interprete them with regard to dynamic nature of global econome, to make well informed recomendations to political authority (national and supranational) concerning the isuues of EU economy / economies of member states.
  • Week 1) Introductory session (February 27)
  • Week 2) Europe in international economy 1500 - 1800
  • Week 3) Europeanization of the International Economy, Industrial Revolution
  • Week 4) The Inter War Period and Reconstruction
  • Week 5) European Economy: Golden Age
  • Week 6) Structural Problems and Adjustment
  • Week 7) Europe and Economic Integration
  • Week 8) Europe in International Trade, Trade Statistics
  • Week 9) European Economy and the Competiveness Issue
  • Week 10) Political economy of European monetary integration
  • Week 11) EU in International monetary and financial regime
  • Week 12) Convergence of Central Europe to EU – case study
    required literature
  • EICHENGREEN, Barry J. The European economy since 1945 : coordinated capitalism and beyond. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. xx, 495. ISBN 9780691138480. info
  • The European Union : economics and policies. Edited by A. M. El-Agraa. 8th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xxvii, 603. ISBN 9780521874434. info
  • Europe in the international economy 1500 to 2000. Edited by Derek Howard Aldcroft - Anthony Sutcliffe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1999. xi, 289. ISBN 184376332X. info
  • LANDES, David S. The Wealth and powerty of nations : why some are so rich and some so poor. New York: W.W. Norton, 1998. xxi, 650. ISBN 0393040178. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussion of selected issues based on knowledge of required literature, presentation of written position papers, group work, analysis of empirical facts and its interpretation.
Assessment methods
1. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the seminars by posing questions of clarification or bringing up problems for discussion.
2. Students are expected to write five short position papers (max. one page) on five different seminar topics. The papers should include some questions for discussion. The position papers should be sent via e-mail the day before the seminar for which the paper is written.
3. At the end of the semester students should submit a 5-page long final paper on a topic relevant to the course.
4. There will be a final in-class written exam, consisting of five questions based on the required readings and the discussions in class.
The final grade will be calculated as a composite evaluation consisting of three parts:
1) evaluation on the eight position papers
2) evaluation on the final paper
3) evaluation on the final exam
Students will be awarded 5 points for the submission of eight position papers of acceptable quality in the specified deadline. Each final-exam question gets between 0 and 2 points (max. 10 points overall for the final exam). Students will be awarded 5 points for the submission of a final paper of acceptable quality. In order to complete the course, students must collect at least 12 points.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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