History of economic thought

ECONOMICS History of economic thought

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DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE ECONOMICHE E STATISTICHE
EQF7
ECONOMICS
2017/2018



YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2016
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
530LESSONS
Objectives
THE COURSE AIMS TO PROVIDE TO THE STUDENTS THE SKILL TO UNDERSTAND THE EVOLUTION OF ECONOMIC THEORY FROM MODERN AGE TO CURRENT THEORY (CLASSICAL AND NEOCLASSICAL), UNTIL THE REVOLUTION REPRESENTED BY KEYNESIAN THEORY. IN PARTICULAR WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED THE CONSTITUTION OF ECONOMY AS FORMALIZED SCIENCE WITH THE HANDLING OF THE MAIN ECONOMIC CATEGORIES: VALUE, PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, CURRENCY. STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND INCENTIVES FOR UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY TO LOOK AT ECONOMIC EVENTS BY ECONOMISTS OF DIFFERENT AGES, IN ORDER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SCIENCE

ACHIEVEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING BY LEARNING DIFFERENT THEORIES ABOUT THE EVOLUTIONARY SCENARIOS RELATING TO THE WORLD ECONOMY.

ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT THE ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING ABILITIES TO DEVELOP THE ABILITY OF ECONOMIC INTERPRETATION OF THE FACTS IN A LONG-RUN PERSPECTIVE FOLLOWING THE EVOLUTION OF ECONOMIC THEORY
ABILITY TO INTERPRET ECONOMIC CASES AND PHENOMENON THROUGH TEACHING-LEARNING ACTIVITIES(CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, WORKING GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL STUDY) ORIENTED TO CRITICAL EVALUATION OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE AND CARRIED OUT IN THE DAILY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE.
Prerequisites
A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF MICRO AND MACRO ECONOMICS AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
Contents
THE COURSE AIMS TO RECONSTRUCT THE EVOLUTION OF ECONOMIC THEORY SINCE MERCANTILISM TO MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT. THE LECTURES WILL BE FOCUSED ON INTERPRETATION OF THE DOMINANT THEORETICAL PARADIGM. THE COURSE WILL DEEP THE ANALYSIS OF THE CONCEPTS OF SURPLUS, DISTRIBUTION AND VALUE UNDER THE CLASSICAL THEORY. THE GENERAL SCHEME OF THE CLASSICAL THEORY OF DISTRIBUTION ACCORDING TO QUESNAY, SMITH, RICARDO AND MARX. THE ECONOMICS AFTER RICARDO: THE "RICARDIAN SOCIALISTS" CRITICS OF RICARDO, DISCIPLES OF RICARDO. JOHN STUART MILL.
THE BIRTH OF MARGINALISM; JEVONS, AND MENGER: THE CONCEPT OF UTILITY AND THE VALUE OF GOODS. WALRAS: THE SYSTEM OF GENERAL ECONOMIC EQUILIBRIUM; DEFINITION OF THE CONCEPT OF CAPITAL. ALFRED MARSHALL: SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF THE THEORY OF VALUE, THE CONTINUITY OF RICARDIAN THEORY.
MARGINALISM AND ITS DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN THE END OF XIX AND XX CENTURIES. THE "BREAK" OF MARGINAL THEORY: SCHUMPETER, KEYNES AND SRAFFA.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE IS BASED ON 30 HOURS TEACHING:
FRONT LESSONS (24 HOURS); SEMINARS (6 HOURS).
Verification of learning
THE COURSE PROVIDES AN ORAL FINAL TEST, IN ORDER TO CHECK THE STUDENT'S CAPACITY TO CRITICALLY AND DIACRONICALLY ANALYZE THE MAIN ECONOMIC THEORIES.
THE ACHIEVING OF THE LEARNING GOALS IS CERTIFIED BY AN EXAMINATION WITH A FINAL SCORE EXPRESSED IN 1/30.
THE ORAL TEST IS BASED ON A SET OF SPECIFIC QUESTIONS TO ASSESS THE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE AND COMPLETION CAPABILITY REACHED BY THE STUDENT. THE FINAL TEST WILL ALSO CHECK THE EXPOSURE CAPABILITY OF THE STUDENT TO USE THE APPROPRIATE TERMINOLOGY AND THE CAPACITY TO ORGANIZE AUTONOMOUSLY HIS/HER PRESENTATION.
THE TEST HAS A DURATION OF ABOUT 20 MINUTES, ARTICULATED IN 3/4 QUESTIONS, EVALUATED 1 TO 6 POINTS IS INTENDED POSITIVE UPON THE MINIMUM VOTE OF 18/30.
Texts
A.RONCAGLIA, LA RICCHEZZA DELLE IDEE. STORIA DEL PENSIERO ECONOMICO, ROMA-BARI, LATERZA, 2012 (FOR ITALIAN STUDENTS)

C.E. STALEY, A HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT: FROM ARISTOTLE TO ARROW,WILEY-BLACKWELL, 1991 (ONLY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.
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