European Studies

Faculty Faculty of Business and Management
Duration /ECTS-Credits 2 course /15 ECTS-Credits
Location University of Innsbruck
Start ongoing
Degree Certificate from the University of Innsbruck 
Administration Coordination office for continuing education
Innrain 52f (Bruno-Sander-Haus)
6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 512 507–96501


Course Director

Mag. Elke KitzelmannOR Mag. Elke Kitzelmann
Department of Banking and Finance



The European Union (VU4/7,5 ECTS)

This course was especially designed for students with no economics or business background and its aim is to allow students to develop their knowledge and understanding of Europe and the European Union. 
The new millennium brought a lot of new and interesting developments in the European Union all young European citizens in higher education should be aware of. By the time students have finished working through the 10 units of this course they should have some knowledge of the socio-economic geography of Europe, the economic and political situation in Europe, the place that the European Union has within Europe, the evolution of the EU and its future, the institutions of the EU and the main European items, i.e. the enlargement, the enactment of legislation, a common currency, the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) and a common foreign and security policy.

Intercultural Communication (VU4/7,5 ECTS)

Intercultural Communication is the management of messages for the purpose of creating meaning across cultures. Culture can be defined as “A socially constructed and historically transmitted pattern of symbols, meanings, apprentices, and rules.” Or, as Hofstede expressed it, it is “The collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another”. When Europeans communicate the follow patterns of communication programmed into them in various stages of their childhood and adult life. Ever seen a Chinese film? Then you will understand that expressions differ with the cultural background.

Wirtschaftspolitik: Economics of European Integration (VU4/7,5 ECTS)

This course will enable students to understand the most important economic concepts in European integration.

  • Introduction: History and Institutions; The European Economy
  • Preferential Trading Areas: Traditional Theories: Trade Creation and Trade Diversion; New Trade Theories;
  • Microeconomic Policies: Common Agricultural Policy; Competition Policy; External Trade Policy; Regional Policy; Social Policy
  • Macroeconomic Policies in the EMU: Optimal Currency Areas; Creation of the EMU; Monetary Policy in the EMNach   U; Fiscal Policies in the EMU 


After passing the two courses, the Coordination office for continuing education will provide a European Studies Certificate.

Winter Semester 2015

  • The European Union - (online course: mainly Bachelor level!)
    (VU4/7,5 ECTS)
    Lector: OR Mag. Elke KITZELMANN
    Preliminary talk: 
    06.10.2015, 14:00 o'clock - SR19, Sowi - participation is obligatory!

    schedule of lectures

  • Intercultural Communication - (online course with only 4 presence classes!)  
    (VU4/7,5 ECTS)
    Lector: Mag. Valentina Katalin PITTRACHER-TEREK
               Eva Maria MEIRER
    Preliminary talk:
    07.10.2015, 10:00 o'clock - SR 3114, Innrain 52 - participation is obligatory!

    schedule of lectures


  • Wirtschaftspolitik: Economics of European Integration (online course)
    (VU4/7,5 ECTS)

Contact and Information

Department of Banking and Finance
Tel.: +43 512 507-7560

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