Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: World Economy

Course unit code: 362529

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Irene Maestro Yarza

Department: Department of Economic History, Institutions and Policy and World Economy

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Describe and discuss the laws of the capitalist market economy.
— Identify the characteristics of national and regional economies (economic blocks) and the historical and structural factors that make them core or peripheral economies in world-systems theory.
— Identify factors of unsustainability and inequality in the current world economy and describe the conditions that are responsible for socio-economic development and underdevelopment.

— Describe the nature of gender inequality in different examples of social inequality.
— Discuss the productive infrastructure of the world economy using indicators and empirical variables to analyse economic sectors and international trade and finance.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Conduct basic research managing sources of data on international statistics.
— Use the analysis of international statistics to draw conclusions in research.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Think critically about the reality of the world economy and the issues of poverty, inequality, unsustainability and polarisation.



Teaching blocks


1. The world capitalist system

1.4. Schools of economic thought

1.2. How the capitalist economy works: structure and growth
1.3. The historical formation of the world capitalist system. Core and peripheral economies and globalisation.

2. World capitalist system resources

2.1.  The world population: structure and dynamics

2.2. Agricultural economics and food systems

 2.3. Natural resource and energy economics

2.4. Ecological crisis and environmental sustainability

3. Productive globalisation and the globalisation of trade and finance

3.1. The world factory and global value chains

3.2. The globalisation of trade: trade relations, international trade theory and antitrust and trade regulation law

3.3.  The global financial system. International financial institutions.



4. Globalisation and development: poverty and inequality

4.1. Global inequality

4.2. The concept of development and how development is measured

4.3. The international promotion of development: the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals





Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


G. Cairó i Céspedes (coord.), R. Franquesa, I. Maestro-Yarza, X. Martí-González, J.C. Palacios Cívico (2020): Economia mundial : desconstruint el capitalisme global. Segona edició. Barcelona. Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona

https://cataleg.ub.edu/record=b2579815~S1*cat  EnllaƧ

Cairó i Céspedes, G.; Franquesa, R.; Maestro-Yarza, I.; Marti, X., Palacios, J.C. (2018): "Economia Mundial: Desconstruint el capitalisme global". Edicions UB


https://cobertes.csuc.cat/cobertes_link.php?institucio=UB&isbn=9788491681212  EnllaƧ

La bibliografia addicional serà detallada i actualitzada al programa de l’assignatura.

Gemma Cairó i Céspedes (coord.), R. Franquesa, I. Maestro-Yarza, X. Martí-González, J.C. Palacios Cívico (2020): Economía mundial : deconstruyendo el capitalismo global / ; traducción al castellano, Quim De Nys. Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona

https://cataleg.ub.edu/record=b2579815~S1*cat  EnllaƧ