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Course description

Competencies and objectives

Provisional information. Pending approval by the School/Faculty Board.


Course context for academic year 2020-21

This course will follow CORE’s textbook Economy, Society, and Public Policy (ESPP).

The textbook is freely available online at

In order to be well-governed, a democracy needs voters who are fluent in the language of economics and who can do some quantitative analysis of social and economic policy. We also need a well-trained cadre of researchers and journalists who have more advanced skills in these fields.

Many students in other disciplines are drawn to economics so that they can engage with policy debates on environmental sustainability, inequality, the future of work, financial instability, and innovation. But, when they begin the study of economics, they find that courses appear to have little to do with these pressing policy matters, and are designed primarily for students who want to study the subject as their major, or even for those going on to post-graduate study in the field.

The result: policy-oriented students often find they have to choose between a quantitative and analytical course of study¿—economics¿—that is only minimally policy oriented in content and that downplays the insights of other disciplines, or a policy and problem-oriented course of study that gives them little training in modelling or quantitative scientific methods.

Economy, Society, and Public Policy changes this.

This textbook is the result of a worldwide colla­boration among researchers, educators, and students who are committed to bringing the socially relevant insights of economics to a broader audience.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Transversal Competences

  • CT1 : Capacidades informáticas e informacionales
  • CT2 : Ser capaz de comunicarse correctamente tanto de forma oral como escrita
  • CT3 : Capacidad de análisis y síntesis
  • CT4 : Capacidad de organización y planificación


Competencias Generales

  • CG2 : Valorar con espíritu crítico la realidad internacional y sus problemas específicos
  • CG3 : Usar el inglés con propiedad según la terminología científica y académica propia de las relaciones internacionales
  • CG4 : Obtener y gestionar la información relativa al ámbito de las relaciones internacionales
  • CG7 : Adquirir la capacidad de aprendizaje autónomo


Competencias Específicas

  • CE11 : Identificar y comprender los datos macroeconómicos y los principales flujos económicos para analizar la coyuntura económica mundial.
  • CE13 : Conocer el papel que las empresas multinacionales desempeñan en las organizaciones internacionales y en las relaciones internacionales en general.
  • CE3 : Diferenciar las distintas competencias y funciones del Estado, las organizaciones internacionales y los actores no estatales en el sistema internacional.
  • CE7 : Comprender los fundamentos teóricos generales de la economía y de la estructura económica internacional.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2020-21

This course has been created specifically for students from social science and other disciplines, who are not economics majors. The aim of this course is to engage, challenge, and empower you with an understanding of economics. Students taking this course will acquire the tools to articulate reasoned views on pressing policy problems.




Code: 28204
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught