Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
NE001A (AF:258492 AR:149776)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The importance of the economy for the mankind is lost in the mists of time, when from a barter economy until the introduction of the coin, minted former goods and then as a medium of exchange, economic agents have given rise to economic markets. The study of economic theories is therefore anticipated by the interactions between economic agents: households, producers, consumers, anyone with an interest in exchanging goods or services to enhance their utility.
From the fascinating birth of bartering, which according to various anthropological studies, has its origins in the exchange of gifts, which cements the life of the community or inter-communal relations, the financial markets have evolved due to increasingly complex needs up to outline the varied and interconnected economic system in which we live.
The course aims to provide non-economic area students the basic knowledge for the understanding of important aspects of economic activities:
1. Fundamentals of the economy Study: essentials, economic agents and the satisfaction of needs, utility maximization
2. The creation of markets and market structures: competition, monopoly and oligopoly. What is an equilibrium price?
3. Markets and their recent increasing interconnections. Outline the current transformation induced by the economic crisis.
During the course we will be introduced to several existing and applied examples.
1. Introduction to the basic elements for the understanding of economic reasoning
2. By exchanging to the currency creation: notes on the emergence of the financial and goods markets
3. Types of market structures, pricing, economic utility
4. Welfare and economic activity
5. Outline of the current economic crisis and the decline of the aggregate demand. The GDP as a welfare measure.
Teacher material
Suggested readings:
Claudio Gnesutta
Introduzione all'economia
RISTAMPA: 3^, 2008
COLLANA: Manuali universitari
ISBN: 9788843035854
Elisabetta Croci Angelini, Francesco Farina
Macroeconomia dell'Unione europea
COLLANA: Università
ISBN: 9788843038572
Written test with multiple choice questions and open questions
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 10/04/2017