European Union Development

Economic history & economic development: TerminologyThe historical concept of „Europe“ as a unity Industrialisation Economic development in the 19th century Institutional framework Economic thought and policy Early IndustrialisersLatecomersA bird‘s eye view of the 20th century Economic consequences of World War IThe Great Depression 1929 – 1933 Social and economic history of Europe after 1945Economic aspects of World War IIRebuilding the world economyPlanning for the post-war economyThe Economic MiracleThe era of high growth The emergence of the Soviet BlocThe economics of decolonisationThe European economy towards the end of the 20th centuryThe „Crisis Decades“The collapse of the Soviet Bloc Historical development of the European economic integration Ideas of pooling economic interests – trade agreements Framework of treatiesThe problem of agriculture: CAP Aspects of the EC‘s success after WWII The Issue of Enlargement The historical division of Eastern and Western Europe Is there a „Central Europe“? Economies of the EU members of 2004 & future membersThe European Union in the 21st century

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Leonard, The Economist Guide to the European Union 2006Neal/Barbezat, The Economics of the European Union and the Economies of Europe, OUP 1998El-Agraa ed., The European Union. Economics and Policies, CUP 2007Susanne Wurm, The Economic versus the Social & Cultural Aspects of the European Union, Working Paper Series 52/2008 University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture and discussion, short presentations

Assessment methods and criteria

Written final test (duration: 90 minutes) maximum score: 70 points+ short presentation (30 points) = 100 points (passing score: 51 points)

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English at upper-intermediate level


Degree programme

International Programme


International Programme

ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 SS



Learning outcome

After attending the class the student has a comprehensive knowledge of historical and economic trends and interrelationships in Europe since the Industrial Revolution. The main focus is on developments inside the European Union in the last decades and the students are invited to look at future trends in the European Union based on the economic and historical insight they have gained in the lecture.

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