120-0430/02 – European Union (EU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of International Economic RelationsCredits3
Subject guarantorIng. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2011/2012Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesBachelor
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KAN03 Ing. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Part-time Credit 12+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

1.To classify the stages of the international economic integration. 2.To identify the crucial integration tendencies in Europe. 3.To describe the development and the present situation of European integration processes (EU). 4.To apply the knowledge for the interpretation of the present situation in the EU.

Teaching methods



The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic developmental tendencies of the European integration processes, especially with the concepts, forms and objectives of integration in the European Union and the current issues related to the membership of the Czech Republic. At the same time, the course should create an initial information base for studying the economic, social and political aspects of integration processes in the European megaregion and prepare students for the study of specialized subjects focusing on more detailed aspects of European integration.

Compulsory literature:

BEREND, Ivan T. The Economics and Politics of European Integration: Populism, Nationalism and the History of the EU. New York: Routledge, 2021. 288 s. ISBN 978-0-367-55842-0. MCCORMICK, John. Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction. London: Macmillan Education UK, 2017. 252 s. ISBN 978-1-137-60775-1. OLSEN, Jonathan a John McCORMICK. The European Union. Politics and Policies.7th edition. New York: Routledge, 2021. ISBN: 978-1-138-34031-2.

Recommended literature:

BALDWIN, Robert a Charles WYPLOSZ. The Economics of European Integration. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 2021. 400 s. ISBN 978-1526847218. BRADFORD, Anu. The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. 424 s. ISBN 9780190088583. HAZAKIS, Konstantinos. European Union Political Economy: Theory and Policy. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. 366 s. ISBN‎ 978-1498560054. USHERWOOD, Simon a John PINDER. The European Union: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 152 s. ISBN 978-0-19-880885-5. WIENER, Antje. European Integration Theory. 3rd edition. New York: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 360 s. ISBN 978-0-19-108591-8.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester



Other requirements

Final credit test - the content of credit is defined by the program of lectures and literature. The credit test is also attended by students with an individual study plan in the announced deadlines, the condition for granting the credit is the attainment of min. 51% of the score.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. The concept of international economic integration. Basic integration methods and selected forms of realization of international economic integration. 2. Determining the degrees of economic integration. The state of play of the integration process on the European continent, the presidency of the EU Council. 3. Models (paradigms) of the European integration process, key stages of the development of the integration process in Western Europe after 1945 to the present. 4. The genesis of the European Union, the integration concept. European Union law - basic characteristics, development, current status. 5. Institutions and bodies of the European Union - structure, function of decision-making processes. 6. The general budget of the European Union - annual budgets, multiannual financial framework. The project and implementation of the EU single market (JVT). 7. The internal market of the European Union - the free movement of goods, services, capital and labor. Basic principles of protection of competition in the internal market. 8. Characteristics and current developments of the key common economic policies of the European Union. 9. Basic principles of economic and social cohesion in the EU, shared and complementary competences of the EU in selected areas of economic policies. 10. The emergence, development and current status of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Organizational and capital provision of economic and monetary union, monetary policy of the European Central Bank. 11. Cooperation in the Union's foreign and security policy. Cooperation in the field of justice and home affairs. 12. Political, economic and institutional issues related to the enlargement process of the European Union. Candidate countries, potential candidate countries. 13. The Czech Republic as a Member State of the European Union. Accession process, current situation, positive and negative aspects of our membership in the Union. 14. Possible scenarios of the future development of integration in the EU. Problems of the EU's transition to political integration.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2011/2012 Winter semester, validity until: 2020/2021 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Exercises evaluation Credit 85 (85) 51 2
        Zápočtový test Written test 85  51
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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2019/2020 (B6208) Economics and Management (6208R020) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2018/2019 (B6208) Economics and Management (6208R020) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2017/2018 (B6208) Economics and Management (6208R020) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (B6208) Economics and Management (6208R020) Business Economics (02) Business Economics K Czech Ostrava 3 Choice-compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (B6208) Economics and Management (6208R037) Management (02) Management K Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
Subject block without study plan - EKF - K - cs 2020/2021 Part-time Czech Optional EKF - Faculty of Economics stu. block

Assessment of instruction

2019/2020 Winter
2017/2018 Winter
2011/2012 Winter