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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SFM0014299, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SU2446, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
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 DAVIDE GUALERZI SECS-P/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SECS-P/01 Political Economy 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 GUALERZI DAVIDE (Presidente)
POMINI MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 GUALERZI DAVIDE (Presidente)
POMINI MARIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the basic principles of Economics and their relevance for the study of local development. Knowledge of the various approaches proposed by economics for the study of the local dimension of economic development.

Analytical skills concerning the use of economic principles and their application. Research skills concerning the study of local areas phenomena and local development projects.
Examination methods: The final exam consists of an oral examination centered on the discussion of a short paper. The paper is written after an approved proposal and a in-class presentation.

Some intermediate testing is done in class. It is based on the materials covered by the lectures.
Course unit contents: This is a course on the basic principles and theories of Economics oriented to the problems of local development.The main purpose is to give a basic knowledge of the economic processes that are crucial to understand local development.

All the students should enroll in this course unless they have a strong and recent economic background in Economics. They are advised to take this course before taking any other course in the economic area of the Program.

We review the fundamentals of economic analysis and political economy in light of a compact presentation of the basics combined with a broader look at economic development. The second purpose is to highlight the local dimension of economic development, focusing on what factors are “local” and how they relate to economics.

To discuss the local dimension we focus on the study of space in economics, on local productive systems, the interaction between local networks and supranational networks and the impact of technology. The role of local actors in the process of development is also considered. That helps to bring into focus the tensions between local development and the process of globalization, looking into the problems faced by local and regional governments and local firms within internationalizing industries.

The course provides also an introduction to the study of the effects of Information and Communication Technologies for location of economic activities and local development projects, therefore determining new phenomena at the local level.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1) In class lectures and presentations: 2) writing and discussing a proposal on a local development area: 3) guided research to write a short paper.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Some readings materials are provided in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • McCann, Philip., Modern Urban and Regional Economics PART 1. --: Oxford University Press, edition 2, 2013.
  • Stiglitz, Joseph E. and Walsh, Carl E., Principles of macroeconomics, 4th Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.