120-0303/02 – Theory of Integration Processes (TIP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of European IntegrationCredits4
Subject guarantorIng. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2014/2015Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
FOJ28 doc. Ing. Lenka Fojtíková, Ph.D.
KAN03 Ing. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1.To analyse the main theoretical aspects of the present international economic integration processes. 2.To appraise the development of the integration processes on the theoretical knowledge basis. 3.To synthetise partial findings for the creation of the comprehensive opinion. 4.To evaluate the EU´s integration stage position on the acquired knowledge basis.

Teaching methods



The aim of this subject is to give the students a comprehensive overview of the content and development of current major theoretical approaches to the processes of international economic integration with a view to European integration. The subject provides skilled information on all types (stages) of economic integration – from free trade area to economic and political union.

Compulsory literature:

BALDWIN, Richard a Charles WYPLOSZ. The Economics of European Integration. 3rd. Revised edition. McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2009. ISBN 13: 978-0077121631. KALDOR, Mary and Iavor RANGELOV. The Handbook of Global Security Policy. UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0470673225. Pelkmans, J: European Integration: Methods and Economic Anylysis. Prentice Hall, Harlow UK, 2001. STAAB, Andreas. The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact. 2.vyd. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-253-22303-6.

Recommended literature:

EL-AGRAA, A.; ARDY, B. The European Union: Economics and Policies. 9th ed. Cambridge University Press, 2011. 518 p. ISBN 978-1107007963. GERBER, J. International Economics. Pearson, 2013. 6th Edition. ISBN-10: 1292023384; ISBN-13: 978-1292023380. LOMBAERDE, P., FLORES, R., LAPADRE, L., SCHULZ, M. The Regional Integration Manual: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Routledge (January, 2014). ISBN-10: 041574671X; ISBN-13: 978-0415746717. ROBSON, P. The Economics of International Integration. Routledge, 2011. 1st Edition. ISBN-10: 0415318653; ISBN-13: 9780415318655. SMITH, E. Michael. Europe's Common Security and Defence Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1316625514.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester




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Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Basic concepts and aspects of the regional and global integration in the existing international economy. Motive forces and character of the contemporaneous integration processes. 2. Forms and stages of the international economic integration. Application of the theoretical knowledge on real integration processes in the world economy. 3. Main theoretical conceptions and trends in the theory of economic integration – selected theoretical approaches. 4. Hypothetical models of the integration – paradigm of the process of European integration. 5. Barriers to the integration processes. Anti-integration forces with economic and non-economic character in the world economy. Disintegration tendencies. 6. Specific aspects of integration processes under conditions of developing economies. Impetus of the integration, objective and subjective distortions for the effectiveness of the integration. 7. Small economies – their position in the world economy and international economic integration. Advantages and handicaps of the small economies in comparison with large ones. Small economies in the European Union. 8. Customs union theory – aspects connected to the conditions of creation the customs union. 9. Customs union – static and dynamic model. Basic premises, trade creation and trade diversion effects. Economies of scale. 10. Theory of the economic union – basic aspects. Integration effects of the capital and labour market 11. Basic theory of the monetary union. Integration in the monetary area, aspects of the optimum currency area, European Union and the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). 12. Globalization of the world economy - its dynamic changes and influence on the present and the future of regional integration in the world.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2014/2015 Winter semester)
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Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 35  18
        Examination Examination 65  20
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2018/2019 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2017/2018 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2016/2017 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2015/2016 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2014/2015 (N6202) Economic Policy and Administration (6210T004) European Integration P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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