Université Côte d'azur

ECUE European economics

Code de l'ECUE : IPEEEC

Sciences économiques
Campus Saint Jean d'Angély
Licence 1
Semestre pair


The aim of this course is to introduce the main economic debates and challenges raised by the process of European integration. The course is entirely taught in English, and uses both microeconomic and macroeconomic tools.


Responsable(s) du cours

Guilhem Lecouteux


  • 20h de cours magistral


Avant le début du cours, je dois ...
  • être capable de suivre un cours en anglais
  • maîtriser les bases de microéconomie du 1er semestre de L1
  • maîtriser les bases de macroéconomie du 1er semestre de L1


A la fin de ce cours, je devrais être capable de...
  • Appliquer les outils microéconomiques et macroéconomiques à des questions d'économie européenne
  • Comprendre les principales réalisations économiques de l'intégration européenne
  • Analyser les principaux défis économiques auxquel l'Union Européenne fait face


  • The introduction consists in a brief historical overview of the process of European integration, from the second World War to Brexit.

  • The chapter presents the European single market, and introduces notions about trade and liberalisation of markets. The chapter deals in particular with the consequences of international trade and tariffs on the consumers and producers of the different countries.

  • The chapter will present the history and microeconomics of the Common Agricultural Policy

  • This chapter will present some basic principles of exchange rates and the main advantages and problems of the Euro. Since you will study later in your curriculum those questions (open macroeconomics in L2; international monetary economics in L3), the chapter will be deliberately short, with a lot of additional content online.

  • The chapter will present some basic facts and questions about employment, the labour market, and the determination of wages. It will then deal with the impact of liberalising labour markets on employment, wages, and migrations.

  • This chapter presents the main challenges of the process of political integration in Europe, with a focus on the history on euro-scepticism and some difficulties associated to finding rules of collective decision making. Additional material online presents the main EU institutions.

  • This chapter presents the key elements of the current withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (the 'Brexit'). This episode also perfectly summarises the main achievements and failures of the process of European integration.

  • Half of your grade will be a groupwork you will have to submit by the end of the semester. You will have to constitute groups of 4-5 students maximum, and you are free to choose the subject you want to work on.

    You will have to write a report of 5-10 pages about an economic issue related to the EU. You should be able to present the main economic questions behind your topic, and use the elements of the course to analyse it.

    The constitution of the group and your topic must first be validated: if you fail to report to the lecturer by February, 9th, 23h59, I will automatically form groups with the remaining students, and assign you a topic.

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