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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

The course introduces students to the basic principles of the economics. Topics include the basics of how markets function, of how economic agents behave, and of macroeconomic analysis. These topics will be related to examples from the real world and current economic events. At the end of the course students are expected to have acquired the knowledge necessary for more advanced economics courses, and to understand and critically evaluate economic and public policy debates.

Course contents

The economic analysis may have a global perspective facing microeconomic and macroeconomic topics with ample space for the role of the State. We will investigate issues like the role of taxation from the State or the best policy to fight inequality among citizens. The plan of the program is still in progress, and it will update in due time in the next months.


To be defined.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures and peer interactions are supported by additional materials available online, see http://giuseppepignataro.altervista.org/teaching.html



The course is organized with a part of lectures taught online on MS TEAMS and another taught in presence. The number of students allowed in class is determined on the basis of class capacity and by the health and safety provisions that deal with the pandemic emergency. In case more students want to attend classes in presence than permitted by the rules, a system of shifts will be organized so to allow students to participate. Regardless of the health-related conditions and the specific organization of the course, students will be able to follow the lessons of the entire course remotely on MS TEAMS.

Assessment methods

Written exams.

Teaching tools

We consider the combined effect of lessons plus peer evaluations by developing some critical issues about the political economy.

Website: http://giuseppepignataro.altervista.org/teaching.html

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Office hours

See the website of Giuseppe Pignataro