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4.3.2020 at 08:00 - 24.3.2020 at 23:59


Fri 3.4.2020
12:00 - 16:00


Students of Bachelor's Programme in Enviromental and Food Economics.

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

By the methods learned in the course, students will obtain a good understanding about the history, the current state and the future of the Common Agricultural Policy. By the methods learned in the course, students are able to analyse economic effects of the CAP and compare the efficiency of different CAP schemes.

Spring, III-period (January-February).

  • Agricultural policy problems and objectives of the European Union;
  • Policy decision-making process in the European Union (EU institutions);
  • Instruments used to implement the CAP;
  • Support of Agriculture in the EU: Pillar 1 of the CAP (direct payments and market support);
  • Support of agriculture and the rural development in the EU: Pillar 2 of the CAP;
  • The CAP and the environment: the environmental part of Pillar 2;
  • CAP and international trade and development, Cost of the CAP: budget and finance;
  • Evaluation of the CAP and rural policy;
  • History, current state and future of the CAP.

The course will be offered in the form of contact teaching and attendance is recommended. Students are required to write essays related to the CAP and participate in a final examination.

The teaching of various theoretical and methodological topics related to the course is provided by the teacher and is supported by practical assignments and research projects which are adding value to students’ skills and knowledge by connecting theory, practice, and policy. The teaching is based on the active cooperation between students and the teacher.

1. Hill, B. 2012. Understanding the Common Agricultural Policy. Earthscan from Routledge, London..

2. Tangermann, S. & von Cramon-Taubadel, S. 2013. Agricultural policy in the European Union: An overview. Working Paper. University of Goettingen. http://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/70909/1/738371890.pdf

3. Swinnen Johan (ed). 2015. The Political Economy of the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy - An Imperfect Storm. Centre for European Studies.

Students are expected to write essays related to the CAP and participate in a final examination successfully.

The course is lectured in English.

university lecturer Nina Hyytiä

Replaces the former course 82001 (MPOL1) EU:n maatalous- ja maaseutupolitiikka.