Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in ECONOMICS, MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2013/2014
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8038
Degree Programme Class L-33 - Economics
Years in which the programme is being held I, II and III
Teaching mode Convenzionale
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Anna Stagni
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Programme profile

The aim of the first cycle Degree in Economics, Markets and Institutions is to prepare graduates possessing all the tools necessary to take up roles in economic decision-making processes. Specifically, this Degree Course aims to provide students with a sound preparation for the interpretation of economic phenomena through the understanding of the state-of-the-art theories, quantitative analysis techniques and institutional regulations. To this end, the Course will offer students a wide-ranging preparation covering a diversified, relevant core of economic disciplines and the fundamental methodological aspects of legal, historical and socio-political disciplines. Economic disciplines are the core disciplines and will play a major role in providing students with the theoretical and analytical tools for a better understanding of the functioning of markets, businesses and financial institutions, as well as the role of economic policy and the way it affects economic systems and the choices made by economic operators. A large part of the Course will be devoted to becoming acquainted with the methodological tools needed for the quantitative analysis of economic phenomena, with an emphasis not only on measurement but also on the economic forecast techniques in support of the decisions made by businesses and financial operators.

Expected learning outcomes


- will have knowledge of the specific and interdisciplinary methods and instruments for analysing and understanding economic phenomena: specifically will have basic knowledge of micro and macro- economics and of the mathematical tools aimed to understanding economic models; will possess essential notions in public law, private law, and in historical, political and social fields;
- will have basic knowledge of the fundamental methodological, statistical and econometric tools needed for the quantitative analysis of economic phenomena;

- will have knowledge of the theoretical and methodological tools needed to understand the behaviour of a monetary economy, to analyse the economic role of the Public Administration, to understand the behaviour of firms in different kinds of markets and to study the international aspects of the economic system.

The above-listed knowledge and understanding skills are achieved through attending lectures, laboratory practical activities, and home study. Assessment is accomplished through written and oral exams and through the preparation of the final paper.

- will be able to use abstraction to focus on the essential aspects of an economic problem;

- will be able to apply basic techniques for quantitative studies of collective phenomena;

- will be able to use economic forecast techniques aimed to the decisions of businesses and financial operators.

The ability to apply the above-listed knowledge and understanding skills is accomplishedthrough laboratory or computer activities, the application of quantitative analytical tools to economic and social phenomena, the use of specialist software, bibliographic research and case studies. Assessment is accomplished, as for the other skills, through written and oral exams and through the preparation of the final paper.

- will be able to gather data and information for drawing up preliminary reports for decision-making processes of an economic nature;
- will be able to evaluate economic situations and decisions using quantitative logical/mathematical modelling.

Judgment skills are developed through the critical analysis of texts and documents and during the preparation of the final paper. Assessment is accomplished through written and oral exams and through the preparation of the final paper.

- will have knowledge of written and oral English, adequate to the acquired competence.
- will be able to write essays and reports about the economic analyses carried out.
Written and oral communication skills are developed and assessed through exams, the final paper and its presentation. English language skills, and possibly another foreign language chosen by students are acquired and assessed through specific courses and tests. Assessment is accomplished through written and oral exams and through the preparation of the final paper.

- will be able to identify, in an autonomous way, the instruments for updating and elaborating upon their competencies;
- will be able to formulate rigorous arguments using the formal instruments used in developing economic reasoning.

The learning abilities acquired are a result of the entire period of study.
These skills allow students to pursue further studies (2nd cycle degree programme, 1st level professional master's degree). Assessment is accomplished through written and oral exams and through the preparation of the final paper.

Course units

Consult the course units in the study plan Link to course structure diagram


The degree programme offers students, selected through a competition, the possibility to carry out vocational training in a body in agreement with the university; students are required to prepare a report on the vocational training activity which may be considered as final paper. Students who carry out training activity not included in the competition may present a report on their activity as final paper upon the approval of the degree course which will evaluate the suitability of the training. The vocational training must fit the learning outcomes of the degree course.

All final year students and students that graduate within eighteen months in this degree course may in any case ask to carry out vocational activity in firms that have an agreement with the University of Bologna by contacting the School Internship office.

Faculty Vocational training activity office

International mobility

A series of exchange programs are available thanks to the exchange agreements in operation with a number of foreign universities as part of the Erasmus programme or other agreements.

For information about the programs you can contact the international relation office, Piazza Scaravilli 2, Bologna.

Final examination

The final examination consists in the preparation and discussion of a short written dissertation or, if preliminarily authorized, of a report on a guided work experience, with vocational training option.

The final paper builds upon one of the topics studied during the course. Original contributions are not required, however students must demonstrate their mastery of the methodological and theoretical instruments acquired during the degree course and their capacity to carry out bibliographic research and retrieve empirical data.
The report on the guided work experience must point out the consistency between the work experience and the content of the Degree programme.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to perform the following professional roles and functions in the areas of employment here indicated:


Main functions:

Collaboration in projects and activities that require:

- market analysis
- financial data analysis
- resource planning
- quality analysis

Main career opportunities:
- firms
- service and consultancy firms
- category organisations
- financial and credit institutions
- public bodies

The degree programme project has been submitted to selected external stakeholders in order to receive their opinions and feedbacks on the learning outcomes and the professional profiles.