Economic and social integration in Europe

leusl2030  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Economic and social integration in Europe
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Defraigne Jean-Christophe;
Introduction to economics, history of European integration.
Main themes
1. Definition of economic integration.
2. The process of European economic integration and the construction of the Single Market.
3. The functioning of the European Single Market (including an introduction to industrial and competition policies in the EU).
4. The cohesion policies.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course will look into the evolution of economic and social integration within the EU and its immediate prospects.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
In order to comprehend the process of European integration, this course will look into the economic and institutional integration processes at the root of the creation of the Single Market. It will outline the prospects of integration in the different fields of the European economy. In this respect, this course will provide a short introduction to the tools used by the authorities to deepen the integration level in the European Union.
The course will analyze the evolution of social cohesion within the EU and the disparities between the different member countries from the origin of the European integration process to the present times. It will examine the elements and the policies which determine the level of economic and social cohesion within the Union. It will also assess the developments generated by the need to adapt to globalization and by the recent enlargements.
Evaluation methods
Written or oral examination.
Other information
Supports: multimedia presentation.
BEREND, Ivan T: « From the Soviet Bloc to the European Union », Cambridge University Press, 2009.
DEFRAIGNE, Jean-Christophe & NOUVEAU, Patricia: « Introduction à l'Economie Européenne », Ouvertures Economiques De Boeck, Bruxelles, 2013.
DEFRAIGNE, Jean-Christophe Eds: « Which industrial and social policy models for 21st century Europe? Redefining public intervention within the framework of the Lisbon strategy / Quels modèles de politique industrielle et de politique sociale pour l'Europe du 21ème siècle ? La redéfinition de l'intervention publique dans le cadre de la stratégie de Lisbonne », Academia-Bruylant, Louvain-la-Neuve, 2008. pp 63-129.
DINAN, Desmond: « Ever Closer Union: An introduction to European integration », Palgrave Mc Millan, 2010.
EL AGRAA, Ali. M: « The European Union: Economics and Policies », 7th edition, Pearson Education, 2012.
GILLINGHAM, John: « European Integration 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy? », Cambridge University Press, 2003.
PELKMANS, Jacques: « European Integration: Methods and Economic Analysis », 3rd edition, Pearson Education, 2006.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in European Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General