E-mail: bralind.kiri@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 15:00-17:00

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the economic issues of the European Union, covering both the microeconomics and macroeconomics of European integration. To understand European economic integration, a thorough understanding of its history, laws and institutions and policies is necessary. Some knowledge of economics is required to facilitate the absorption of this course. However, the book itself reviews all essential economics behind the analysis.

Course Purpose: Initially, the course will investigate the historical context of EU and the structure of its main institutions. Secondly, it will address issues related to the impact of the formation of an economic union on various sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, industry, environment and energy, etc. Particular attention will be paid to macroeconomic themes related to monetary integration. We will further investigate issues concerning enlargement, economic integration and labour market institutions.

 Required Textbook: Baldwin & Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration, McGraw Hill, 4thedition

Additional readings will be provided during the course, if necessary.


Content of the Course:


Week Topic
1 Chapter 1: History
2 Chapter 2: Facts, Law, Institutions and the Budget
3 Chapter 3: Decision Making; Principle of Subsidiarity
4 Chapter: Mutual Recognition
5 Chapter 4: Essential Microeconomic Tools
6 Chapter 5: The Essential Economics of Preferential Liberalization
7  Midterm Exam 1
8 Chapter 8: Economic Integration, Labour markets and Migration
9 Chapter 9-10-11: The Macroeconomics of Monetary Integration
10 Chapter 12: The Common Agricultural Policy
11 Chapter 14: EU Competition and State Aid Policy
12 Chapter 16: The European Monetary System
13 Chapter 17: The European Monetary Union
14 Chapter 18: Fiscal Policy and the Stability Pact
15 Final Exam



Grading: The final grade will be determined by a midterm exam, weekly assignments, a short paper and the final exam. They will count toward the final grade as follows:


Assignments                            15%

Midterm Exam                        25%

Short Paper                             20%

Final Exam                              40%


Assignments turned in more than 24 hours late will not be considered and the student will receive zero points for that assignment.  The midterm and the final exam will cover reading materials, homework sets, and lecture notes.  Absolutely no make-ups will be allowed for the midterms and final exam without prior approval or verifiable medical excuse.


Grade Breakdowns are as follows:


Letter Grade Percent (%) Generally Accepted Meaning
A 96-100%  

Outstanding Work

A- 90-95%
B+ 87-89%  

Good Work, Distinctly above average

B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%  

Acceptable Work

C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%  

Work significantly below average

D 63-66%
D- 60-62%
F 0-59% Work that does not meet the necessary requirement for passing the course



General Guidelines:


  • Attendance is compulsory. Students are strongly advised not to miss classes since success in this course is closely related to attendance.The policy of the university is that if a student is absent for more than 20% of the course (i.e. 9 hours) than an “F” grade will be given for the course.
  • The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the schedule without affecting the total amount of work required by the students.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off during class. Students who are disruptive in class will be asked to leave.
  • In an event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible.
  • The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOR CODE. Incidents of cheating or plagiarism result in “zero” marking in the assignments/exams. A second incident results in an automatic “F” in the course and appropriate action will be taken by the university authorities.
  • Students, who have valid excuses, will be allowed to take make-ups for mid-term and final exams.


Learning difficulties: If you have special learning challenges, please make an appointment with professor Enila Cenko. She can be reached at enilacenko@unyt.edu.al. This service is provided to you by UNYT.



Date Prepared / Prepared by:

14.10.2015 /Bralind Kiri

Faculty: Business &Economics.

Department: Economics.

Grade: Undergraduate.

Majors: Business and Humanities and Social Studies.

Study Fileds: Economics, Finance, and Political Sciences International Relations.

Course Year: 2.

Course Program: UNYT.

Scheduele: WED 17:00-20:00

Instructor: Bralind Kiri


Prerequisite: Comp I, College Algebra