Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2016/2017
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on TOURISM FIRMS MANAGEMENT
Disciplinary sector: 
ECONOMIC POLICY (SECS-P/02)
Credits: 
12
Year of study: 
2
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
96

Language

Italian

Course description

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the concept of economic development, to the determinants of sustainable economic growth and to the impact that economic activity can have on the environment. The main topics of the course will be the processes of accumulation of the factors of production that favor economic growth and, with a view to sustainable growth, also the analysis of the impact that economic activities (related to the various productive sectors, from industrial to those of services such as tourism) can have on the environment. It will be important to study the role of the State and the policies that can foster sustainable economic growth and, with a view to international production and environmental externality, also the analysis of the factors that favor international agreements.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: the student must demonstrate knowledge and know how to understand the factors underlying economic development, the sustainability of economic activity and possible solutions that can solve problems arising from economic growth such as those resulting from over-exploitation resources deriving from economic development.
ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: at the end of the course, the student will be able to apply the principles underlying the development of economic activities with particular attention to sustainability related to the different sectors of economic activity.
AUTONOMY OF JUDGMENT: once I have learned the concepts of economic and political development for the growth of economic activities, the student must be able to identify and describe the sustainable trends of economic growth and the implications for the different areas of economic activity with a focus on that of tourism
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: the student must have the ability to explain in a simple and rigorous manner the factors that underlie economic growth and the impact that economic activity has on the availability and regeneration of environmental resources. It must also be able to respond clearly and comprehensively to both the written test questions and those of the oral exam.
LEARNING SKILLS: the student must demonstrate good learning skills by being able to deepen their knowledge on relevant and relevant bibliographic references on economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Prerequisites

The course requires that students have learned the basic contents of Microeconomics

Syllabus

The content of the two modules is decomposed into several blocks of lessons, the duration of which depends on the level of preparation of the students and their familiarity with the basic concepts of economics.

The First Module is structured as follows:
The block (24 hours):
Introduction to the economy of growth, accumulation of physical and human capital, population, health.
The block (24 hours):
productivity and technology. The role of the state and culture.

The Second Module is structured as follows:
The block (24 hours):
Introduction to the environmental economy and environmental policy instruments for a socially efficient choice between exploitation and preservation of environmental resources.
The block (24 hours):
Exploitation of environmental resources and sustainable development. International environmental externality, international agreements and effects on environmental policy.

The fundamental questions which will be analyzed are the determinants of the accumulation of physical capital, the demographic dynamics, the determinants of the accumulation of human capital, productivity and technology. The role of the state and culture.

Teaching Methods

The course will be organized in lectures and exercises.
Given the size of the course (12 CFU) the lessons of the first module will be held in the first semester while those of the second module will be held in the second semester.

Textbooks

Module I
David N. Weil, (2005), Economic Growth, Pearson Addison Wesley.

ModuleII
Kolstad C.D. (2000), Environmental Economics, Oxford University Press

Learning assessment

Students have the opportunity to take the learning assessment tests for each module separately or simultaneously.
In the event that they choose to carry out the two tests separately, for the first module the verification will be carried out through a written test and an oral interview on the topics of the program and the mark will be given by the average of the scores obtained in each of them.
• The written test, which can cover all the topics covered in the course, is divided into 10 questions (3 points each of them) in the form of multiple choice , open questions and numerical exercises. The purpose of this test is to evaluate the study of the subject and the understanding of the basic topics. It is selective (the student who does not show sufficient knowledge of the topics is not admitted to the next test) and to pass the test it is necessary to acquire at least 18 points out of 30. Students have 90 'available and it is not allowed to consult texts or use PC, smartphone. It is possible to use the calculator.
• The oral exam is aimed at evaluating the ability to connect and compare different aspects dealt with during the course; to take the test it is necessary to pass the written test with at least 18 points out of 30.

For the second module, students must equally take a written test and an oral test. The written test, to be held n 60 minutes, is composed of 3 open questions requiring an in-depth answer (7 points each) and 5 questions requiring brief definitions relating to the topics of the program (1 or 2 points). During the written test it is not allowed to consult texts and notes or use IT media (such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc.).
The oral exam will allow you to complete the student's assessment of the remaining parts of the entire program. Only students who have passed the written test with a grade of at least 18/30 will access the oral exam. The vote, out of thirty, will be the result of the two tests.

If students intend to take the exam for the two modules at the same time, it will consist of a written and an oral test on the topics of the entire program. In this case, the written test, for which students have 90 minutes, will be structured in 4 open questions that require a more detailed answer (6 points each) and 4 questions with a shorter answer (1 or 2 points). During the written test it is not allowed to consult texts and notes or use IT media (such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc.).
The oral exam will allow you to complete the student's assessment of the remaining parts of the entire program. Only students who have passed the written test with a grade of at least 18/30 will access the oral exam. The vote, out of thirty, will be the result of the two tests.

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