Spain and the European Union

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One college-level course in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, International Economy, International relations or Economic Integration.


This course analyzes the objectives, functioning and main characteristics of the European Union, focusing on Spanish integration.

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Attendance policy: 

Attendance is mandatory for all IES Abroad classes, including course-related excursions. Any exams, tests, presentations, or other work missed due to student absences can only be rescheduled in cases of documented medical or family emergencies. If a student misses more than three classes in any course 3% of the final class grade will be deducted for every unjustified student absence. Six absences in any course will result in a failing grade.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge about the progression and operation of the European Union policies and institutions and to explore their objectives and instruments in depth.
  • strengthen the use of the main statistical and information sources related to the topics studied in the course so that students can build on their experience and knowledge to study specific subjects thoroughly
Method of presentation: 
  • Lectures by the instructor, supported with bibliographical and other didactic materials.
  • Class discussion and active participation of students.
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Mid-term exam and final exam - 70%
  • Class attendance, assignments and active participation - 30%



Unit 1 Theory and practice of economic integration. Customs union, monetary union and the basis of the political union.
Unit 2 History of European integration. Origins, enlargement, integration of Spain to the EU and new horizon of integration in Europe. The European Constitution.
Unit 3 EU institutions. Decision-making. New European policies.
Unit 4 The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the successive reforms and their impact on Spain.
Unit 5 The Common fishing policy. Resources and Structural policy.
Unit 6 The budget of the EU. Income and expenditure of the EU. Current and future financial perspectives.
Required readings: 
  • Nieto Sólis, J.A. Fundamentos y Políticas de la Unión Europea. Madrid: Siglo XXI, 1995.