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European Economics 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment


After concluding this course, students should be able to:
- know the evolution of the world economy after the 2nd World War, in a context of trade liberalization and regional economic integration;
- know the most relevant stages of the European integration process;
- analyze and discuss the main Community policies, as well as the future challenges facing the European Union;
- understand the performance of the Portuguese economy in a context of growing European economic integration.

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Metodology

Theoretical-practical lessons
The teaching method includes an expository component, supported by slides that will be used to present the key topics of the contents, in which is required the student´s participation on the discussion of current issues, and also the oral presentation by students of a research work about a Community policy or more specific aspects of the deepening of European integration.

Body of Work

1. World Economy, Multilateralism and Regionalism
2. European Economic Integration
3. Community Policies and the Current Challenges in EU
4. Portugal and the European integration

Recommended Bibliography

Baldwin, R.E. e C. Wyplosz (2015), The Economics of European Integration, 5th edition, Maidenhead, McGraw-Hill.
Marques, Alfredo (2011), Economia da União Europeia, Almedina

Complementary Bibliography

Additional study elements will be referred throughout the lessons.

Weekly Planning

To be determined

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The contents are structured in accordance with the objectives set in the course, with a direct relationship between one another. In this way, we intend to provide students with a solid knowledge of the evolution, the situation and the future challenges of the economic integration process that has involved a growing number of countries in Europe, whose relevance arise from its impact on the Portuguese economy.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The combination between the theoretical exposition of the subject and the use of active methodologies as the discussion of controversial and current issues or the execution of a research work to be presented and discussed in class, allows students to join a more general knowledge with their practical application. These teaching methods aimed to stimulate the student´s involvement in the sessions, at the same time that fosters their analytical capacity, critical thinking and arguing abilities about the European integration process.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Cultural awarenessYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Relating to othersYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Working in international contextYes 
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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