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First Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


The course aims to provide the student with a deepening knowledge and the development of skills and independence of judgment related to the dynamics of territorial development from a geo-economic point of view with particular attention to issues related to the implementation and management of innovative processes to different territorial scales.
In line with the training objectives defined by the Degree in Architecture, the expected learning outcomes are:
1) provide students with the knowledge tools of and develop their ability to understand the logic, dynamics and tools of analysis of economic-territorial development through the study of the main theories;
2) enable students to develop the ability to apply the acquired knowledge through moments of collective exercises on concrete cases and open discussion on the topics covered by the lessons;
3) lead students to develop their own independent judgment regarding the problems presented during the lessons and to propose and discuss solutions related to the analyzed case studies;
4) increase students' communication skills by urging them to play an active role during the lesson, in particular by arguing their positions in collective dialectical moments;
5) stimulate students to deepen the topics independently, using, in addition to the recommended texts, the various sources of information available (bibliographic, web, social, etc.) in a conscious and critical way.


The prerequisites are indicated in the regulations of the Study Program. In addition to these students must possess linguistic, logical, mathematical and cultural skills consistent with the frequency of a second year of a specialist degree.


The territory in the neoclassical vision: the Linear Economy: (16 hours)
- Consumption and production
- Market failures
     o Externalities (Spill-over effects)
     o Public and Common Goods
     o Asymmetric Information
     o The Monopoly
- State failures
     o Price control
     o Bureaucracy
     o Capture
     o Economic-political cycle
- Productive specialization and comparative advantage
- Economic growth

Knowledge as determinant of territorial development: the Knowledge Economy: (10 hours)
- The Lisbon strategy
- Invention vs Innovation
- Diffusion and measurement of innovation
- The Regional Innovation System
- Agglomeration economies: Clusters and Districts
- Network economies: city networks
- Intellectual property rights and territorial development

The city as engine of territorial development: the Smart Economy (14 hours)
- Cohesion policy and the EU2020 strategy
- Green Economy
o The degrowth theory
o Sustainability and resilience
o Smart Growth: the contrast to sprawl
o Circular Economy
- Happiness Economy: Wellbeing vs GDP
- Sharing Economy
     o Places of open innovation (fab lab, community hub, living labs, ...)
     o Urban regeneration, culture and social innovation

Teaching Methods

The course is divided into three didactic modules delivered in 20 lectures of 2 hours each. The more specifically theoretical-conceptual part is combined with a more applicative part with analysis of case studies. During the lessons will be given space for exercises and collective discussion on the issues in question.

Verification of learning

During the course there are two moments of verification (at the end of the first and second teaching module) to allow students to understand the level of preparation achieved and so, possibly change the method of study in view of the exam.

The exam consists of a test with 3 open questions. Each question has a maximum rating of 10/10. The final evaluation, carried out in thirtieths, is defined by the sum of the evaluations reported in each question. The achievement of a score below 18/30 implies the failure to pass the test.

The results will be published and recorded in the Esse3 system.

The assessment of the exam takes into account the following elements:

1. knowledge of the subject matter;
2. the ability to use the conceptual and analytical tools learned coherently with the proposed question;
3. argumentative ability;
4. the ability to place the study themes in an organic synthesis;
5. using an appropriate language.

With reference to the evaluation of each single question, to achieve a sufficient score (6/10), the student must demonstrate to have a basic knowledge of the subject in question (point 1), to be able to answer the question using the adequate conceptual and analytical tools (point 2) developing a sufficient argumentation (point 3), highlighting a sufficient synthesis capacity (point 4) and using a correct language (point 5).
To achieve a score of 10/10, the student must demonstrate to have a deep knowledge of the subject matter (point 1), to be able to answer the questions using expertly the conceptual and analytical tools (point 2) with a high capacity for argumentation (point 3), an excellent capacity for synthesis (point 4) and a correct and appropriate language (point 5).


The following texts are to be considered recommended readings, not mandatory texts:
Krugman P, Wells R., "Macroeconomia", Zanichelli, 2013
Lazzeroni M. "Geografia della conoscenza e dell'innovazione tecnologica". Franco Angeli, 2005
Russo M. "Processi di innovazione e sviluppo locale", Donzelli, 2010
Paradiso M. "Abitare la terra al tempo di Internet", Mimesis, 2017
De Falco S. "Le città nella geografia dell'innovazione globale", Franco Angeli, 2017
Latouche S. "
Meadows D. H., Meadows D. L.; Randers J., "I nuovi limiti dello sviluppo", 2006
Randers J., "2052. Scenari globali per i prossimi quarant'anni. Rapporto al Club di Roma", Edizioni Ambiente 2013
Georgescu-Roegen N., "Bioeconomia. Verso un'altra economia ecologicamente e socialmente sostenibile", Bollati Boringhieri 2003
Latouche S., "Breve trattato sulla decrescita serena", Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 2008
Cianciullo A., Silvestrini G., "La corsa della green economy. Come la rivoluzione verde sta cambiando il mondo", Edizioni Ambiente 2009
Bianchi D., “Economia Circolare in Italia, Edizioni Ambiente, 2018
Norberg-Hodge H., “L'economia della felicità. La rinascita delle economie locali per una società più giusta”, Terra Nuova Edizioni, 2017

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