Study programmes / B-EMEN Economics and Management / Principles of European Integration in the World Perspective
Course code:ZSEA
Course title in language of instruction:Principles of European Integration in the World Perspective
Course title in Czech:Základy světové a evropské integrace v AJ
Course title in English:Principles of European Integration in the World Perspective
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/1
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:English
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2017/2018 - FBE
Name of lecturer:prof. Ing. Lubor Lacina, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites:not Final Bachelor Exam
Aims of the course:Goal of the subject is to offer student basic background about the historic development of world and regional economic integration leading to process of globalisation in the recent times. Special attention is given to problems of integration Czech economy to EU structures.
Course contents:
1.Historical development of world and European economy before 2 WW (1776 -- 1939) (allowance 3/0)
2.Economic and political integration in West Europe after Second World War (allowance 3/1)
a.Historical background
b.Principles of economic and political integration -- comparative study

3.History of European Communities (from Paris to Nice) (allowance 9/3)
a.Founding countries and consequent enlargements (why and when?)
b.EC institutions -- decision-making process
c.Economic and financial system
d.Political integration -- 2nd and 3rd pillar of EU

4.EC Common Policies (allowance 3/2)
a.Monetary policy, CAP, Transport policy
b.Regional and Structural policy
c.Other policies

5.Mechanisms of economic co-operation (allowance 6/2)
a.EC budget
b.Single European Market
c.Economic and Monetary Union

6.Future trends of world economic integration (allowance 6/2)
a.EU eastward enlargement
b.Czech Republic in global economy
c.Possible models of European integration in future

7.Development after Second World War -- establishment of three main economic centres (allowance 6/2)
a.Specifics of economic development in West Europe, USA and Asia (China)
b.Economic problems of developing countries
c.The bases of the Socialist Economic system (centrally planned economies)

8.Process of world economy globalisation (allowance 6/1)
a.International flow of trade, services, capital and labour mobility
b.Role of international institution

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to work in international context
-capacity to learn
-communication in second language
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Student is able to define relationship between primary and secondary legislative of EU
-Student is able to evaluate impacts of integration processes on the CR
-Student is able to explain dynamics of process of European and world integration
-Student is able to predict qualitative changes in European and global environment
-Student is able to react on evolution and changes in global economy

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:The Cerdit is necessary to be able to apply for exams. Min. 60 % from two written tests (Credit) is required.
Two test during the semester are as follows:
- credit test -- the test themed on the topics, which are discussed during the seminars
- mid-term -- the test themed on the topics discussed during the first half of the semester.
Credit is compulsory for final exam participation. Participation on test is compulsory.
The final exam is oral. The points (Credit-points) are part of the evaluation -- final mark.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice12 h
     consultation5 h
     project work25 h
     preparation for exam59 h
     preparation of presentation15 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • OLIVARES MARTÍNEZ, I. Fact sheets on the European Union . Luxembourg: European Communities, 2009. 521 p. ISBN 978-92-823-2469-1.
  • The ABC of European Union law. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2010. 131 p. ISBN 978-92-78-40525-0.
Recommended reading list
  • BOMBERG, E. -- STUBB, A. The European union: How does it work?. University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-19-924766-8.
  • A history of the world economy: Chudoba :. 2. vyd. Harlow, England: Prentice Hall, 1995. 404 p. ISBN 0-7450-0935-2.
  • European integration, 1950-2003: superstate or new market economy?. 1. vyd. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 588 p. ISBN 0-521-81317-4.