EC316-European Economic Integration

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: EC201 Intermediate Microeconomics and EC202 Intermediate Macroeconomics or EC219 Economic Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Costanza Biavaschi

Email: c.biavaschi@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module explores key elements in the economics of integration. It focuses on the organization of economic activities across regions and nations and the economic forces behind agglomeration and regional inequalities, with emphasis on the circulation of households, goods, and businesses.

Aims:
After completing the module students should have a clear understanding of theoretical developments in the economics of European regional integration, agglomeration economies and industrial location.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to apply economic analysis to diagnose the nature and causes of contemporary economic integration issues.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The module will include some of the following topics: Preferential Trade Agreements and tariff analysis, EU Common Agricultural Policy, EU Regional Policy, Optimal Currency Areas.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Integration economic theories will be presented, illustrated, and applied to EU issues.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Guided independent study 160 18
       
Total hours by term 180.00 20.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 20
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
One test to be completed by the end of the term, and one assignment to be completed by the beginning of the following term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 3-hour unseen written paper.
    Part 3 examinations are held in the Summer term.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination for all modules takes place in August/September of the same year.
    Re-assessment is by examination only; coursework is not included at the second attempt.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: There may be optional costs associated with photocopying or printing sources listed on the reading list relating to this module. Please note that the Library charges approximately 5p per photocopy.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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