cod. 13297

Academic year 2012/13
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Storia economica (SECS-P/12)
Type of training activity
63 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

To Know the Economic Development of Europe



Course unit content

The Economic History of Europe 1400-2000

Full programme

SSD: SECS-P/12 – CFU: 9 – Teacher: Gian Luca Podestà

1. Description of contents
The course retraces the evolution of European economies from the late medieval time to the present and it is organized in two modules.
The first module underlines and analyze – with a diachronic perspective – some big themes concerning the evolution of economies and economic institutions to mark out an efficacious introduction to the questions treated by other disciplines.
The second module outlines the economic evolution since the industrial revolution to the contemporary, underlining the economic, social and cultural transformations caused by industrialization and economic development. The second part of the course will deal with the growing integration of international economy, to the technical innovations and to the contemporary economic sectors changes.

2. Skills to improve and learning outcomes
a) Knowledge and comprehension abilities
The student will learn and understand the economic, social, institutional and political- regulatory processes that characterize the European economy development since medieval time to the present.
b) Ability to use knowledge and comprehension
The student will use the studied issues to understand the economic processes complexity, also with regard to the other disciplines.
c) Judgment autonomy
The student will be able to evaluate the economic processes and develop a critical analysis of the powerful factors that characterize their evolution.
d) Communicative skills
The student will get a lexical and conceptual property essential for the education and the communication of a triennial student in economic issues.
e) Ability to learn
The student will try out a “traditional” didactic method founded on frontal lessons. However will be there a large recourse to iconographic sources.

3. Procedures to verify learning
Written test
a) The knowledge and comprehension abilities will be check by 2 open-ended questions. These questions will be organized in: (i) a general part of 15 points worth and (ii) a part relating to the case-studies of 15 points worth.
b) The ability to implement knowledge will be check by the analysis of the answers concerning the case-studies of the 2 open-ended questions.
c) The judgment autonomy and the learning ability will be check by the analysis of the general part of the 2 open-ended questions.
d) The ability to communicate with a technical and right language will be check verifying the vocabulary used in the written answers and the tendency to clarify the meaning of the technical words used.

4. Reference book
A. Di Vittorio (a cura di), Dall’espansione allo sviluppo. Una storia economica d’Europa, Torino, Giappichelli, 2011 (3ª edizione).


A. Di Vittorio, " An Economic History of Europe. From Expansion to Development", Routledge, London-New York 2006

Teaching methods

Traditional Lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

Written Examination

Other information

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