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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP6076938, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
EP2093, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ECONOMICS OF SOCIAL CAPITAL
Department of reference Department of Economics and Management
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SECS-P/02 POLITICA ECONOMICA 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Third trimester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 15/04/2020
End of activities 20/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Intensive classes especially dedicated to international students. Classes and exam: May - mid June.

The course Economics of Social Capital will go through both theoretical models and econometric tools. Therefore, attending students are expected to be familiar with basic mathematical analysis, basic statistics and econometrics. Particularly, students should be familiar with the methods of linear regression and instrumental variables.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course, students are expected:
• To have knowledge of key concepts, and theories of the social capital literature.
• To be aware of the problems related to social capital’s measurement in the empirical literature.
• To understand the relationships between social capital and economic development.
• To have knowledge of quantitative and econometric techniques used in economic research, in order to understand the main contents of recently published scientific papers.
Examination methods: Assessment for granting grades in this course is different for “attending” and “non-attending students”. For “attending students”, the exam is composed of two parts. The first part is a written final exam including open questions and exercises. The second part is an oral presentation to the class of an academic paper to be agreed with the teacher.
For “non-attending” students, the exam consists of a written exam including open questions and exercises.
Grades for “attending” students:
- 55 percent Written exam
- 10 percent Active class participation
- 35 percent Oral Presentation
Assessment criteria: Evaluation will be based on the:

1) degree of comprehension of the economic phenomena related to the concept of social capital that will be studied and of the adopted methodologies.
2) ability to autonomously analyse and understand an academic essay as well as summarise and orally present it.
Course unit contents: This course will offer a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical concept and empirical applications of social capital in economics. We will look at how social capital is defined, and we will discuss measurement issues. Then we will analyze the effects of social capital on social and economic development.
The following topics will be covered during the course:
1) Definitions of social capital. What is social capital. Social capital and other types of capital.
2) Measurement issues.
3) Social Capital and economic growth
4) Social capital and institutions.
5) Social capital, trust, finance and trade
6) Social capital and health
7) Diversity, Immigration, and Social Capital.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course combines lessons, students’ presentations, and in-class discussion of academic papers. Students are expected to participate actively by having read the material in advance.
Teaching materials.
After each lecture, the slides presented in class will be available through the Moodle platform.
At the beginning of the course, a reading list will be provided with the indication of the academic papers to be analyzed and that students are supposed to read in advance.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures will be based on academic articles. Starting point the book "Making democracy work", Putnam et al.. A detailed syllabus will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Putnam, Robert David; Leonardi, Robert; Nanetti, Raffaella Y.; Putnam, Robert D., Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Latex

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