Students will develop their knowledge and attitude skills by:
-attending lectures, in which analytical concepts and historical developments of the topics of the syllabus will be explained (in the academic year 2020-21 they will be taught in the format of online synchronous teaching for aggregate group through the Blackboard Collaborate platform)
-attending training sessions, in which they will learn techniques of data processing and analisis (in the academic year 2020-21 they will keep the format of face-to-face teaching for reduced groups)
-undertaking weekly or fortnightly assignments, based on readings and data sets;
-writing an essay.
The course will be articulated as follows.
Students will receive four sets of teaching material, including:
a) materials for lectures, training sessions and exercises (power point slides of lectures, mandatory readings, data bases)
b) training sessions will require the estimation of the sources of growth (growth accounting) and indicators of specialization and integration. Students will work in small groups in order to enhance the ability to work in team. Basic knowledge of Excel is required.
c) exercises will include multiple choice and short questions to control the level of assimilation of mandatory readings, or the solution of simple quantitative exercises. Students are allowed to work in group, exercises will be handed in in written format to the professor and will be discussed in class.
d) a list of topics with related bibliographical references for the final essay. Essays will be individual in order to foster the ability to work alone. A short document about "How To Write An Essay" will be included, in order to allow students to assimilate the basic criteria required for academic works. Students will also have the opportunity to present to the rest of the class the main results of their essay.
At the start of the course students will receive a timetable with full details of lectures, training sessions, exercises, essay writing and presentation.
The course is worht 6 ECTS, which include 3 ECTS for class attendance, 2 ECTS for group work in training sessions and exercises, and 1 ECTS of individual work for essay writing and presentation.