Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2020/2021
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Disciplinary sector: 
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL (AGR/01)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

Italian

Course description

The course aims at developing students’ skills with reference to agrifood sector-related issues (agriculture, food industry and retail). In particular, the course enables students to analyze and assess critically: evolutionary dynamics of agrifood system both nationally and internationally; business strategies and vertical relations, European Union food safety policy, Common agricultural policy and Trade policy and the processes of internationalization of the markets; issues related to environmental social and economic sustainability.
Knowledge and understanding- the student has to demonstrate ability to understand: the specific characteristics and dynamics of agrifood system (demand; supply; organization; business strategies and sustainability); agrifood and trade policies in terms of objectives, instruments and impact; and the functioning of international markets for agricultural and food products.
Ability to put knowledge and understanding into action- the student has to demonstrate ability to analyze the evolutionary path and issues related to modern agribusiness systems.
Independent thinking- the student has to demonstrate a critical ability to assess issues related to modern agribusiness systems, and sustainability challenges in the agribusiness systems agrofood sector.
Communicative Skills- the student has to be able to answer clearly, coherently and exhaustively to questions the written test. The student will also develop the ability to convey the knowledge acquired clearly and satisfactorily also through class discussions on additional topics.
Learning Skills- the student has to demonstrate a good ability to learn by deepening knowledge through the use of relevant and authoritative bibliographical references in the field of study. Furthermore, the student will integrate the knowledge acquired in previous courses with further skills that characterize the course.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of some elements of microeconomics, demand, supply and market forms.

Syllabus

The main topics covered in the course are organized in III parts.
Part I (24 hours) - Agribusiness system, characteristics and evolution with reference to: demand, supply, structure and organization. Quality and sustainability and forms of certification. Analysis of EU policy objectives and tools, with particular reference to: food safety and quality.
Part II (24 hours) - Common agricultural policy. Trade policies: objectives and instruments. The role of the World Trade Organization. The main agreements for the agribusiness sector: the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), Agreements on Technical Barriers (SPS, TBT), the Agreement on Intellectual Property (TRIPs).
Part III (24 hours) - In-depth study topics - EU " A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. How to promote sustainable food consumption models and food loss and waste reduction. Food labeling. Tackling unfair commercial practices.

Teaching Methods

The course is organized in traditional lectures and in-class discussion of articles/reports and audiovisual material.

Textbooks

Some chapters of the textbook MARIANI, VIGANÒ (eds), Il sistema agroalimentare dell’UE, Economia e politiche, Carocci, u.e. Specifically: Ch. 1, Ch. 2, Ch. 3 (paragraph 3.2 excluded), Ch. 4, Ch 5 (paragraph 5.3 excluded), Ch. 7. Handouts edited by the teacher, a selection of articles/reports that will be available on the e-learning platform at the beginning of the course.

Learning assessment

Final assessment is based on a written test aimed at evaluating the achievement of the learning objectives. In order to assess acquisition and in-depth learning of general theoretical knowledge, the written test consists of open questions about the topics covered in the program. Questions are aimed at assessing the knowledge acquired, and the ability to elaborate critically and debate on issues touched upon over the course.

More information

The main topics covered in the course are organized in III parts.
Part I (24 hours) - Agribusiness system, characteristics and evolution with reference to: demand, supply, structure and organization. Quality and sustainability and forms of certification. Analysis of EU policy objectives and tools, with particular reference to: food safety and quality.
Part II (24 hours) - Common agricultural policy. Trade policies: objectives and instruments. The role of the World Trade Organization. The main agreements for the agribusiness sector: the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA), Agreements on Technical Barriers (SPS, TBT), the Agreement on Intellectual Property (TRIPs).
Part III (24 hours) - In-depth study topics - EU " A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. How to promote sustainable food consumption models and food loss and waste reduction. Food labeling. Tackling unfair commercial practices.