Minor The Political Economy of European Integration


Lecturers: Alberto Quintavalla (LLM), dr. Franziska Weber (LLM), prof. dr. Klaus Heine

Specific information

Note: the content of this minor may be slightly different due to the corona crisis.

Number of credits: 15 ECTS

Maximum number of students that can participate: 25
Minimum number of students that can participate: not applicable

This course is highly recommended for those who will desire to pursue a Master in European studies. This course will be taught in English and will consist of three consecutive modules which build on each other. No special skills are required.

Mixed Teaching Methods

This minor will consist of mixed-method teachings where interactive lectures and practical skills/cases are a part of the curriculum.

Brussels Trip

In cooperation with the European Parliament, the minor will visit different European institutions in Brussels. Here, students will have to opportunity to talk to officials from both the commission and the European parliament, visit the hemicycle and  meet actual members of the European parliament. In addition, students will visit NGOs and lobby groups.

Overview modules

Module 1: European integration as a multidisciplinary field of research

  • ECTS: 5
  • Content: The module aims at introducing European integration as a multidisciplinary field of research (law, economics, political science, sociology). At the beginning, the students need to develop a structured inventory of subject areas where European integration issues play a role. This will make clear that European integration issues play an important part in nearly every aspect of life and work in Europe. It will then be shown qualitatively and quantitatively what impact European integration already has. The students will learn basic economic concepts for the study of European integration, and these concepts will be presented in a way that is accessible for students of all disciplines. The teaching content comprises an understanding of economic exchange and economic welfare and its transfer to international trade.
  • Teaching method: Lecture with interactive elements.
  • Teaching materials: A syllabus and materials will be distributed.
  • Contact hours: 15

Module 2: Political economy of european integration

  • ECTS: 5
  • Content: Political economy is meant here as an economic perspective that systematically takes into account the relevance of political and legal factors for economic analysis. Federalism will be introduced as a means and a concept to respect local preferences and to fix local problems. The concept of regulatory competition will be introduced at a basic level. The economic theory of democracy and bureaucracy will be applied to the European Union. The basic idea of the monetary union (Euro) will be explained and the importance of financial regulation will be highlighted. The impact of the recent financial crisis on the European Union and its member states will be included.
  • Teaching method: Lecture with interactive elements.
  • Teaching materials: A syllabus and materials will be distributed.
  • Contact hours: 15

Module 3: European integration in the field

  • ECTS: 5
  • Content: The aim of this module is to deepen the students’ understanding of European integration by applying their gained knowledge to specific fields, which may be related to their main studies (e.g. law, history, management, or political science). At the end of the module, each student will come up with a research paper on his or her topic. In the first session of the module, working groups will be set up. In the working groups the students will discuss and elaborate on the research paper. For each working group 4 contact hours are reserved, during which the students are guided towards their research paper.
  • Teaching method: Small working groups of students will be formed for drafting a short research paper.
  • Teaching materials: A syllabus and materials will be distributed.
  • Contact hours: 15


Each module has a separate exam. Module 1 and 2 will be a written exam with open questions. Module 3 will be a graded research paper.

Composition of final grade:

This minor will have been passed successfully if two courses have been passed and the average grade of all the courses is not below 5.5. Every module counts equally. Attendance to the lectures is compulsory.

Feedback method:

Students may consult the Jean Monnet Chair of Economic Analysis of European Law for making an appointment. Oral comments on the research paper are given at the working groups.