Political economics

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SECS-P/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course presents the fundamental themes and concepts of political economics, analyzed in various geographical and chronological contexts, providing the methodological tools necessary for their understanding.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired knowledge of the fundamental concepts and themes of political economics in their space-time contexts; They will be able to interpret the data and information regarding a economic and political economic data set, and to communicate in a coherent and organic fashion the correct information, using the appropriate terminology of the discipline. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed data sets, which will take place from time to time, will be an essential moment of critical reflection and methodological learning. Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor via email or during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in asynchronous format via Ariel site. During the first part of the course (Part 1) lectures in synchronous format will be organized via Microsoft Teams in order to assees the learning by online workshop.
Ariel site makes available a Lectures Forum that encourages the interaction with the lecturer and the class. Students will be able to ask questions about the contents of the lectures.

On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc) in case of lockdown.

The means and criteria for participation in the live lectures, which will need booking through a specific app, will be indicated on the University website.

Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Merchants, Markets and globalization: From the Early Modern Era to The Present
Part 1: Fundamentals of Economics
Part 2: International Financial Systems
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission. It is strongly recommended (but not mandatory) to have passed exams of Contemporary History and Economic History
Teaching methods
Attending classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is based on frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific jargon of the subject. Discussion with the teacher is an essential part of the didactic method and it aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge. The teaching method starts with a question or a problem about the economy and then teaches the tools of economics that contribute to an answer. As this teaching method starts with big problems and questions from history and current affairs, the models and explanations need to take into account real-world phenomena.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel site. It is recommended to consult the site regularly. Multimedia material is provided on Ariel also for non-attending students. They are invited to read the programme and possibly discuss it with the instructor via email or during office hours.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:

- Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (module 1) and knowledge of selected chapters of the volume CoreTeam, Economia. Comprendere il mondo che cambia, Il Mulino, 2018, available on-line https://core-econ.org/the-economy/book/it/text/0-3-contents.html
- Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (module 2) and knowledge of the volume M. Fornasari, La Banca, la borsa, lo Stato. Una storia della finanza (secoli XIII-XXI), Giappichelli editore, 2017 or 2019.


Non attending students:

- Knowledge of the volume CoreTeam, Economia. Comprendere il mondo che cambia, Il Mulino, 2018, available on-line https://core-econ.org/the-economy/book/it/text/0-3-contents.html (for the foreign students CoreTeam, Economy. Economics for a Changing World, Oxford University Press, 2018)
- Knowledge of the volume M. Fornasari, La Banca, la borsa, lo Stato. Una storia della finanza (secoli XIII-XXI), Giappichelli editore, 2017 or 2019 (for foreign students Y. Cassis, Capitals of Capital, Cambridge University Press, 2012, to be defined with the instructor)


International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the instructor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: written exam
- Type of examination: Multiple questions (open and multiple choice). Information about the exam is provided on Ariel site.
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
NB: two elective mid-term evaluations (during and at the end of the lecture term) will be organised on behalf of the attending students only. Each one will consist of a 120 minutes written test with both multiple choice and open questions, and it will be based on lectures and the textbook. The final evaluation will consist of the sum of the marks of the two mid-term evaluations (mark in 15s).
- Method of communication of the assessment results of mid-term evaluation: Ariel site.

The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the instructor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
SECS-P/01 - ECONOMICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
SECS-P/01 - ECONOMICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours