Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM1052 (AF:217116 AR:102023)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
Course year
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students a conceptual framework for understanding and analyzing the major global trends and issues related to the world of transport and logistics, in particular focusing on ports, as they are gateways for trade coming and going from EU to the Rest of the World. This is particularly crucial as export trade to Non-Member States has taken over the intra –EU Member states trade relations and the trend is steadily growing. The student will deal with issues related to contemporary economic and geopolitical trends that drive market decisions with a particular focus on international maritime transport and EU policies.
Part of the course will be devoted to the analysis of the relationship between the economics of transport services and the economics of transport infrastructure in their answering the demand for transport, mainly demand for transport of goods, coming from the rest of the economy
Principles of general and applied economics, basic knowledge of economic geography and strategy and organization design, working knowledge of English language.
Framework of the global economy and future scenarios;
The XXIst Century as Asian and African Century
International Trade and globalization processes;
Global free trade between multeralism and new protectionism
International maritime trade: Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond Suez and Gibraltar;
Maritime trasport as innovation drive along global logistic chain routes
From trans-european transport networks (TEN-T) to global ones for connecting Italy to the rest of the world
From One Belt One Road Strategy to Belt and Road Initiative. China along the XI° century silk ways;
Aiming for such a policy of ports and their logistics as to connect Italy to the rest of the world;
Transport and the economics of their infrastructure
Infrastructure as a component of the national final demand;
Infrastrucure for economic competitivity and social quality of life

Referral texts
Compulsory readings:
- COSTA, P., & MARESCA, M. (2014). The European future of the Italian port system. Venezia, Marsilio

Optional readings:
- STOPFORD, M. (2009). Maritime economics. London, Routledge

Additional readings:
- COSTA, P. (2016). Per una politica dei porti e della loro logistica che recuperi buona parte dei 42 miliardi annui di PIL persi per inefficienze e imperfezioni sui mercati di trasporto e logistici in Italia. Venezia, Il Quindicinale portuale, Newsletter dell’Autorità Portuale di Venezia, supplemento al numero 15, anno 2. (pdf version available ITA/ENG)
- OECD (2015). ITF Transport Outlook 2015. OECD Publishing
- VESPASIANI, T. (2009). Glossario dei termini economici e giuridici dei porti, dei trasporti marittimi e della logistica portuale. Milano, Franco Angeli. (pdf version available ITA)
- COSTA, P. (2015). TEN-T NETWORK: BEYOND THE INTERNAL MARKET. EPFMA Bulletin, N. 51. (pdf version available ENG)
- LEONTIEF, W. & COSTA, P. (1996). Il trasporto merci e l’economia italiana. Venezia, Marsilio (pdf version available ITA)
Type of exam
Assessment methods
The assessment is carried out through the evaluation of a students’ essay and a final written test.
The essay will focus on the topics covered during the course and will be prepared by the students, divided into groups of study, who will present it to the classroom.
The final exam will focus on the topics covered in textbooks and will consist of multiple-choice questions. During the written exam it is not allowed the use of books, notes and/or electronic devices.
Requirements to pass the exam: constant and active participation in class (10% of the vote), development and presentation of a group essay (50%) and final written test (40%).
Teaching methods
Cooperative learning and case studies. Students are required to actively paticipate to the classroom debate.
Teaching language
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book