Student guide Faculty of Economics A.Y. 2010/11

Comparative economics
Aim of the course
The course intends to provide a global, inter-disciplinary, cross-cultural, historical, comparative and critical understanding of different economic realities of humanity.
1.         Introduction to Comparative Economics
1.1.      New geo-economics: an overview of the global economy, key-patterns
1.2.      The economic system: terms, concept and attributes
1.3.      Possibilities and limits of comparative approach to economic systems
1.4.      Comparative method: system/context survey - issue scanning – response/performance assessment - scenario elaboration
2.         Selected systems survey (example, case studies, issues analysis)
2.1       Tribal economy: nomadic herders of the extreme lands (Mongolia), Native American-Indians of Oregon (USA), farmers of Bombali-Northern Province (Sierra Leone)
2.2.      Rural economy: farming communities of Alpine and sub-Alpine Piedmont (Italy), central Himalayas (Nepal) and Otatitlan Veracruz (Mexico)
2.3.      Metropolitan economy: the city of Milan and the peri-urban hinterland (Italy)
2.4.      Trans-national economic basins: the regions of Trentino Alto Adige-Tyrol (Italy-Austria) and Insubria (Italy-Switzerland)
2.5.      Country-systems: India and China
2.6.      International economic blocks (EU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR)
3.         Global thematic comparison: selected performance survey
3.1.      Economic-financial sustainability
3.2       Human security and social sustainability
3.3.      Environmental sustainability
3.4.      A tentative ‘Comparative Management’
4.         Next economy: strategic foresight exercise
4.1.     Scenario planning method
4.2.     Scenarios (alternative images of future) of the Italian Economy and Business.
The evaluation and final mark (score) of the students depends upon:
  • Quality of participation in the classroom (regular attendance, interaction)
  • Small group project (team-work) and reporting (class-room presentation)
  • Individual written paper (home assignment)
  • Final comprehensive oral exam.
Reading list
Suggested reading list, web (internet)-based resources, articles and hand-outs will be provided in the beginning of the course and in the class-room.