120-0503/01 – Theory of Integration Processes (TIP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of International Economic RelationsCredits4
Subject guarantorIng. Lukáš Melecký, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Radomír Kaňa, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesEKFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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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. Analyze the main theoretical aspects of current processes of international economic integration and world security. 2.To appraise the development of the integration processes on the theoretical knowledge basis. 3.To synthesize partial findings for the creation of the comprehensive opinion. 4.To evaluate the EU´s integration stage position on the acquired knowledge

Teaching methods



The aim of the course is to explain the theoretical basis of integration processes, objective and subjective assumptions of their development and deepening and induced consequences. The interpretation takes into account various concepts of integration theorists. Emphasis is placed on the specifics of integration of economies of developed and developing countries and with regard to the position and possibilities of small economies. The course generates theoretical prerequisites for understanding the integration processes in the world economy and in the European space and in connection with selected aspects of security issues. After completing this course, students will be better equipped with the latest theoretical knowledge for completing courses more focused on integration practice.

Compulsory 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. WIENER, Antje. European Integration Theory. 3rd edition. New York: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 360 s. ISBN 978-0-19-108591-8.

Recommended literature:

GILBERT, Mark. European Integration: A Political History. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021. 358 s. ISBN 9781538106822. HAZAKIS, Konstantinos. European Union Political Economy: Theory and Policy. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. 366 s. ISBN‎ 978-1498560054. MOSER, Carolyn. Accountability in EU Security and Defence: The Law and Practice of Peacebuilding. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. 336 s. ISBN 978-0-19-884481-5.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Credit - active participation in seminars (preparation of news, discussion), seminar work and its presentation, credit test, obligatory attendance at seminars. Exam - written exam.


Materials posted in Moodle.

Other requirements

Additional demands are not required.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Basic concepts and aspects of regional and global integration in the present world economy, their driving forces. The nature of contemporary integration processes in relation to security and security policy. 2. Realization forms and degrees of economic integration. Application of theoretical knowledge on real integration in the world economy. Security Union as part of the political union. 3. Mainstream currents in integration theory - selected theoretical concepts, differences in conception and evaluation of integration. Hypothetical models of integration (paradigms). Protectionism and liberalism in integration theory. 4. Barriers to the integration process. Anti-integration forces of economic and non-economic nature in world economy and politics. World War Conflicts and their Influence on the Development of the World Economy. 5. Specific features of integration processes in developing countries. The momentum of integration. Obstacles to effective integration of objective and subjective character. 6. Regional conflicts, their development and influence on developing economies. Asymmetric and Hybrid War. 7. Small economies and their position in the world economy and in integration processes. Advantages and disadvantages compared to large economies. 8. The position of small member countries in the European Union, their role in the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. 9. Basics of economics of preferential liberalization - preferential business arrangement, analysis of customs union. 10. Static model of customs union, effects of "creating" and "deviating" trade. 11. Dynamic model of customs union - selected aspects related to economies of scale and size of the market. Individual types of market structure, BE-COMP model in closed economy, process of liberalization. 12. Factoring markets - their integration and growth effects. Economic integration and labor markets. Macroeconomics of Monetary Integration - Selected Aspects. 13. Globalization of the world economy, global security problems, current security situation in the world. 14. Czech Republic in international security structures, security policy of the Czech Republic.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  18
        Examination Examination 65  16 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Credit - active participation in seminars (preparation of news, discussion), seminar work and its presentation, credit test, obligatory attendance at seminars. Exam - written exam.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2022/2023 (N0311A050013) Applied Economics (S02) International Economic Relations P English Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2021/2022 (N0311A050013) Applied Economics (S02) International Economic Relations P English Ostrava 1 Choice-compulsory type B study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner
Subject block without study plan - EKF - P - en 2023/2024 Full-time English Optional EKF - Faculty of Economics stu. block

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