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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP4061847, A.A. 2015/16

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1426, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCIA COPPOLARO SPS/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/06 History of International Relations 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 11/06/2016
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for enrolment in this course.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will allow students to grasp the origin and the main characteristics of the global economy and to critically discuss the main arguments for and against globalization.
Becoming familiar with the history of the global economy will enable students to better understand current events such as the global economic crisis, the impact of international trade, the role of international capital flows, and the movement of workers across borders.

Beyond learning about the global economy, the course aims at the development of a set of skills that will be useful in the future. Students will be required to work in groups as well as on their own, present their work and ideas to an audience, read and comprehend large amounts of information and reproduce it in broad or fine detail according to a given amount of time. These activities will help students to enhance their public speaking abilities, elaborate and present their own analysis and commit to deadlines.
Examination methods: Twenty minutes presentation on an assigned topic: 25% of grade.
Class participation: 25% of the grade.
Two-hour written exam, two questions: 50% of grade.

Students who take the exam without attending the course:
two-hour written exam, four questions
Course unit contents: This course introduces students to the evolution of the global economy since the mid-19th century, a period which saw a rapid growth in the size of trade, finance, migration and other forms of market integration.

The course is interdisciplinary and bridges international economic history and international politics.

The course is organized chronologically and touches on three major periods in international economic relations: the first liberal era up to 1914; the interwar period and the disintegration of the world economy (1914-1939); and the post-World War II period and the contemporary reintegration of the global economy. For each period, the course examines major developments in trade and commercial policy, payments and monetary systems, capital movements and labour migration. Moreover, the course illustrates the arguments for and against globalization, its impact on democracy, the nation state, growth and the historical lesson about losers and winners.

Week One: Introduction to the course and to the concept of globalization

Week two: The World Economy in 1850

Week three: The First Globalization (1870-1914)

Week four: The fall of the global liberal economy and the Great Depression (1914-1939)

Week five: Recovery from World War II and the Bretton Woods era (1944-1973)

Week six: The Golden Age of European growth (1950-1968)

Week seven: The end of Bretton Woods and the reintegration of the global economy (1973-2008)

Week eight: Multinational corporation and global trade

Week nine: Globalization and development

Week ten: Global finance and financial crises in the world economy (2006-to present)

Week eleven: Student presentations

Week twelve: Student presentations. Conclusions: Win-Lose from Globalization
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is built on lectures, class discussions on the assigned readings and student presentations.

In the first and second weeks, the instructor will distribute a sign-up sheet for the presentations, so students can arrange the dates and topics according to their tastes. Presentations will be on a program-related topic and can be prepared in small groups (two/three students) or individually. Students will be expected to present for 20 minutes on the assigned topic by using PowerPoint.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Jeffry A. Frieden, Global Capitalism. Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century, New York, Norton, 2006.

Moreover, a list of compulsory readings will be made available before the beginning of the course and will help students understand the material covered in the lectures. It is recommended that students read the corresponding material before each topic is covered in class. In addition, the slides corresponding to each topic will be available before each class.

Students not attending the course: please get in touch with the professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jeffry A. Frieden, Global Capitalism. Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century. New York: Norton, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo