Course: Competitiveness and Employment in Europe

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Course title Competitiveness and Employment in Europe
Course code KRM/KKZE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Cudlínová Eva, doc. Ing. CSc.
Course content
Lectures: 1. Competitiveness of European economy; 2. - 3. The measures to promote competitiveness and employment in Europe; 4. The 7th Framework Programme as a tool for promoting increased competitiveness and employment in Europe; 5. The barriers to European competitiveness; 6. The regularities of the functioning of labour markets in Europe; 7. The impact of globalization on employment; 8. Free movement of labour in Europe; 9. European Employment Services - EURES; 10. Employment policy in the Czech Republic and its institutional support; 11. Employment policy in the German-speaking countries; 12. The European Employment Strategy; 13. National Reform Programmes in the Czech Republic and the EU for strengthening competitiveness and employment; 14. The analysis of employment status, prediction of development, future competitiveness of Europe. Seminars: Theoretical knowledge will be tested in confrontation with concrete cases (for example already supported projects to promote competitiveness, the use of structural funds to promote competitiveness in the Czech Republic practice. Guided discussion on specific issues (for example the barriers to competitiveness of Europe). The causes of difference in the competitiveness of individual countries in Europe. Practical application of employment policies for enhancement of economic growth.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 8 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim of this course is to acquaint students with issues related to competitiveness, its indicators and trends in free market conditions, or more precisely market economy. There the employment policy in the Czech Republic and Europe will be evaluated, also the impact of globalization on socio-economic development. At the same time presenting the impact of EU structural policy in the course of competitiveness in Europe.
Students after successful completion of this course will be able to explain and describe the evolution of fundamental processes in the labour market in Europe and the Czech Republic, recognize the structural funds and other measures to promote competitiveness and they will become acquainted with the operation of policies to boost Europe's competitiveness.
General knowledge.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam, Seminar work

Requirements for the credit: Requirements for obtaining the credit: writing of 2 seminar papers that deal with the case studies resulting from a specialization of the course. The scope of work is approximately 15 pages. Credits will be awarded not earlier than 14 days before the end of the semester in accordance with the measure of Dean No. 124/2017 Article 15. Requirements for the examination: Students demonstrate knowledge of basic topics. The overall grade is based on the results of the seminar papers, examination and oral test. The examinations will be written 3 weeks before the beginning of the examination period in accordance with the measure of Dean No. 124/2017 Article 15.
Recommended literature
  • A.Hobza. Evropská unie a hospodářské reformy, C.H.Beck 2009. 280 s.. 2009. ISBN 978-80-7400-122-2.
  • A.Kadeřábková. Růst, stabilita a konkurenceschopnost IV., Linde 2008. 389 s.. 2008. ISBN 978-80-86131-79-5.
  • E.Klvačová a kol. Základy evropské konkurenceschopnosti, Proffesional Publ., 2007. 118 s.. 2007. ISBN 978-80-86946-54-2.
  • I.Boháčková, M.Hrabánková. Strukturální politika Evropské unie, C.H.Beck 2009.. Praha, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7400-111-6.
  • I.Rolný, L.Lacina. Globalizace, etika a ekonomika, Key Publishing 2008. 281 s.. 2008. ISBN 978-80-87071-62-5.
  • Vybraná Nařízení Evropské Rady a Směrnice ES. Vybraná Nařízení Evropské Rady a Směrnice ES.
  • Z. Leiblová. Zákon o zaměstnanosti, Anag 2009. 311 s.. 2009. ISBN 978-80-7263-533-7.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Economics Study plan (Version): Structural Policy of the EU and Rural Development (3) Category: Economy 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer