Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM1052 (AF:229698 AR:128370)
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:
-- Slides distributed during the course (and available on ISA database)
- COSTA, P., & MARESCA, M. (2014). The European future of the Italian port system. Venezia, Marsilio (skipping pages from 121 to 216)

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

Additional readings:

- OECD (2017). ITF Transport Outlook 2017. OECD Publishing
- UNCTAD (2017) Review of Maritime Transport (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 exam takes place through a written test consisting in answering some questions related to the topics discussed in the course. The question will be formulated in order to verify the ability to use concepts and methods acquired and used in the course with reference to Italian, European and world reality
Teaching methods
Cooperative learning and case studies. Students are required to actively paticipate to the classroom debate
Teaching language