Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Construction of Political, Social and Economic Indicators

Course unit code: 362564

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Javier Vazquez Grenno

Department: Department of Economics

Credits: 3

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Analyse political, social and economic indicators.

— Identify the essential features of reliable and accurate indicators and explain what these features mean for the purposes of research. 

— Analyse specific indicators.

Students who complete the course successfully will be able to:

— describe the most important features of reliable and accurate indicators;
— identify the most important political, social and economic indicators;
— interpret an array of different indicators;

— know where to find data on different indicators;
— create indicators according to the purpose they need to serve;
— analyse the effects of public policies.



Teaching blocks


1. General introduction to indicators

1.1. What is an indicator?

1.2. Classification

1.3. Main features and criteria for creating indicators

1.4. Objectives

1.5. Sources of data

2. Political indicators

2.1. Opinion polls

2.2. Democratic participation

2.3. Political stability and absence of violence

3. Social indicators

3.1. Inequality

3.2. Poverty

3.3. Human development

4. Economic indicators

4.1. Economic indicators: previous concepts

4.2. Consumer price index

4.3. Gross domestic product

4.4. Employment