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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP04104063, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1421, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 ARRIGO OPOCHER 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 65 160.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge concerning algebra, good attitude to abstract reasoning.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed at providing the main tools of analysis of market behaviour, both at a micro and a macro (introductory) level. Students will be instructed on the main stylised facts of actual economies.
Examination methods: The assessment consists in multiple-choice questions and will be pc-assisted online. Students who pass the written examination may wish to undertake also an oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The main criteria for assessment are completeness and precision of learning
Course unit contents: The course presents the main elementary tools of micro- and macroeconomic analysis. Such tools are based on a simple formal representation of the economy, and will be illustrated by means of real-world cases.
Part I Microeconomics
I.1) The economy as a spontaneous order: the market mechanism and the role of prices
I.2) The formation of market supply and demand
I.3) The labour market and income distribution
I.4) Analysis of inequality and poverty
I.5) Market failures and microeconomic policies

Part II Macroeconomics
II.1) Elements of national accounting
II.2) Aggregate expenditure and the income multiplier
II.3) The macroeconomic role of the public sector
II.4) Inflation and unemployment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of 65 hours of lecture. During the course the students are required to do some 'tutorials' in the elearning platform. The slides of the lectures and other multi-media materials can be downloaded from the same platform.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The reference textbook is R. G. Lipsey e K.A. Chrystal, Economia, Zanichelli, 2006. For the assessment, students should pay special attention to the following selection of chapters: 1, 2 (consultation), 3, 4, 5 (read), 7(only pp. 125-128), 8 (consultation),10, 15, 16 (consultation), 19, 20 (consultation), 21, 22, 23, 24, 25.

The textbook should be integrated by the slides of the lectures and the online tutorials. Students can integrate these materials with some further readings, to be indicated during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. G. Lipsey e K.A. Chrystal, Economia. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2006. Capitoli sopra-indicati Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Gender Equality Decent Work and Economic Growth Reduced Inequalities Climate Action