Economics, Society and Innovation in the Contemporary World


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General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Fernanda Fernandes Garcia Rollo


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

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ALDCROFT, Derek H., Historia de la Economia Europea (1914-1990), Barcelona, Crítica, 1997. BOLDIZZONI, Francesco, The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011. CRAFTS, Nicholas e TONIOLO, Gianni (eds), Economic Growth in Europe since 1945, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996. KENWOOD, A. G. e LOUGHEED, A.L., The Growth of the International Economy 1820-2000, London and New York, Routledge, 1971, (4ª ed. 1999). LÉON, Pierre (Dir.), História Económica e Social do Mundo, Vols. V e VI, Lisboa, Sá da Costa Editora, 1982-1981. NORTH, Douglass C., Understanding the Process of Economic Change, Princeton University Press, 2005

Teaching method

Seminar, combining sessions of the presentation of the nature and problematics associated with key issues of the program with the presentation and discussion of texts and topics by the students. The planning and scheduling of the activities is defined, presented and distributed at the beginning of the academic cycle.

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Subject matter

The program has four parts. First, of an introductory nature, it addresses epistemological and methodological issues by looking at the identification and appreciation of the latest trends and current perspectives within the framework of economic and social history. The second studies the ´heavy trends´ of large space economies, encompassing the perception of the characteristics related to the formation of the contemporary economy from a planetary perspective, taking into account the process of internationalization / globalization / globalization, the transformations that occurred following the end of the Cold War and the new realities marked by the impact of emerging economies. The third is dedicated to the study of the main conjunctures that marked the world economy, and especially the European economy, throughout the twentieth century, from the Belle Époque to the crisis of 2009. Fourth, it focuses on current issues of circular economy and sustainability.