6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6014255FEW for working students in the 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
Institute for European Studies
Educational team
Harri Kalimo (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
26 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

This course explores two core parts of European economic policy -- the internal market and competition. These areas entail the governance of the public (state) and the private (company) sides of the EU economy. The analysis takes an interdisciplinary approach that integrates political science, economics and law. Considering the turbulent state of the European economy and democratic governance, the course pays special attention to how the classic “hard economic issues” are increasingly intertwining – also at the international level – with the governance of softer non-economic matters such as social concerns, environmental standards and data protection.

The course starts off by deepening the students’ understanding of the basic economics of the four freedoms, assessing how the internal market is evovling in economic terms. The discussion will then shift to the general policies and the law of the EU’s internal market (e.g. Arts 34, 36, 110 and 114 TFEU), and further to concrete topical aspects that are fundamental the Union’s competitiveness and the creation of jobs, such as the Circular Economy and the Digital Single Market. In terms of competition law and policy, the course also begins by introducing the core economics, exploring key notions such as efficiency, welfare and market power. The main schools of thought of competition policy will also be covered before expanding to key EU competition law and policies in two main areas: restrictive agreements (101 TFEU) and the abuse of dominant position (102 TFEU). Comparative perspectives to the United States and global economy are offered throughout the course.  

Additional info

Overall, this course is designed to offer a multi-disciplinary vision on the subject area in a Socratic (“interrogative”) teaching mode that includes blended learning assignments. It makes use of EU experts working in Brussels, invited as guest lecturers in selected classes of the course. The students are expected to prepare for and to actively participate in the discussion. The course evaluation is partly (20 % ) based on the student’s activeness in the classroom.

A detailed list of the course materials, which include the slides on the lectures as well as selected readings, is listed in CANVAS per lecture. The entirety of the course material are delivered on this platform.

Examples of exam questions are discussed in the class and practiced as a part of the assignments.


Learning Outcomes

General competences

The course equips students with knowledge, skills and an enquiring attitude to understand and address matters of European internal market and competition policy, law and economics during their subsequent professional careers.

The obtained knowledge allows the students to independently and critically address issues of internal market and competition policy for both academic and practical purposes.

  • The students acquire a good interdisciplinary knowledge of the main theories, concepts and debates of the areas.
  • They will learn to understand and analyze the internal market and competition in its larger econo-political context, in particular as regards the evolution and challenges of the European integration policies.
  • They will understand the fields’ relevance to commercial actors, as well as the interlinked frameworks of legislative, enforcement and judicial actors, instruments and decision-making processes.

The course also provides the students with the basic skills to deal with concrete enforcement questions relating to e.g. cases of barriers to the free movement of goods and services, restrictive agreements between undertakings and the abusive behavior of dominant companies. The skills are enhanced from the viewpoints of the market actors as well as the public authorities.

The students obtain an appreciation of the functioning of EU’s internal market and competition policy as the economic core of the EU's integration project, as well as the public and private constrains and cohesion related questions that the integration process is faced with.

The students will also learn to better engage in the English language in basic tasks relating to EU economic policy, such as drafting and communicating memoranda, policy analyses and position papers, and advising non-economic decision makers. 

All in all, the knowledge, skills and critically enquiring attitudes develop the students as constructive yet critcal interlocutors in a competitive and sustainable European economy.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 80% of the final mark.
Other Exam determines 20% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Written Exam with a relative weight of 40 which comprises 40% of the final mark.
  • Written Exam_Case Study with a relative weight of 40 which comprises 40% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Participation with a relative weight of 20 which comprises 20% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

The students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in class and in the blended-learning written online assignments offered as flipped class-room (20 %; formative evaluations), and a final written exam (summative evaluation, 80 %). The questions of the written exam will include:

  • 4-6 short open-ended questions (closed book, 40 %). Together, the questions will cover a representative range of the issue areas covered in the course.
  • a case study essay (open book, 40 %) that deals with a theme, on which a number of issue areas of the course intersect.

All parts are based on the lectures and/or the assigned reading material. The short questions test the student’s knowledge and insight in understanding, remembering and explaining key issues of the course. The case study exam tests the student’s ability to apply his/her skills in a practical, real-life simulating situation in a coherent and persuasive manner.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of European Integration: Track 1: European Economy - Migration and Europe
Master of European Integration: Track 2: European Economy - European External Relations and Security Policy
Master of European Integration: Track 3: European Economy - European Environmental Governance