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Economic Policy in the EU


Admission requirements



The European Union has achieved deep integration of the economies of its member states. Its ambition is to continue this integration. Understanding both the achievements and the ambitions of the European Union are the main purpose of this course. We will discuss the development and the landmarks of this integration process building on the economic analysis of international economics and economic policies. The focus will be on the so-called four freedoms that were expressed in the Treaty of Rome, which created the EU, i.e. freedom of flow of goods, of services, of capital and of persons.
At the end of this course, the student will have a better understanding of the economic policies of the European Union and of the interaction with national policies. He or she will be able to link legal and political developments in the European Union to economic developments and will be able to present the relevant discussions.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The course is part of the Minor Economics. In this course, the student will attain knowledge and an understanding of the issues in the field of Economic Policy in the EU. The student will be trained to independently analyse these issues.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • You will be able to recognize and define important current issues in the major areas of European Economic Integration, and you can identify the required steps to progress towards further integration.

  • You will be able to summarize economic policies in the European Union and interpret these policies in terms of economic efficiency and economic interests.

  • You will be able to write concise briefs on indicated topics from the material using material from the course and material that you collect from the websites of the European Union and its member states.


bachelor and master.

Mode of instruction


Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5

  • Names of instructors: dr. J. de Kort

  • Required preparation by students: reading material, assignments. Students are expected to engage actively in discussions with regard to the assignments.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (85%)

  • Written assignments during the course (15%) The written assignments apply to both the final exam and the resit (for 15%).

Submission procedures

In the seminars, students will actively engage in presenting their knowledge. They need to prepare the seminars through additional assignments, that will have to be presented orally and in writing. (through Blackboard). Deadlines are indicated in the Class Schedule.

Areas to be tested within the exam

The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”:

Reading list

Obligatory course materials


  • tba

Course information guide:

See reader.


  • European Economic Integration (app. 150 pages), available through Blackboard.
    Recommended course materials



Registration is through uSis
Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: dr. J. de Kort

  • Work address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, room A2.63

  • Contact information: through the secretariat of the Economics unit

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7831

  • Email:


  • Institute: Institute for Tax Law and Economics

  • Department: Economics

  • Room number secretary: B207

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-12.00

  • Telephone number secretary: +31 (0)71 527 7756

  • Email:


N.B. This course contains a ‘practicum’ (see the Teaching and Exam Regulations).
Application: through U-twist.


Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO. Let op dat er wel voldaan moet worden aan de toegangseisen.