IDENTIFYING DATA 2018_19
Subject (*) SUSTAINABILITY AND THE WELFARE STATE Code 16675205
Study programme
International Markets (2016)
Cycle 2nd
Descriptors Credit. Type Year Period
3 Optional 2Q
Language
Angl├Ęs
Department Economics
Coordinator
THEILEN , BERND GEORG
E-mail bernd.theilen@urv.cat
Lecturers
THEILEN , BERND GEORG
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General description The objective of this subject is to compare public policies at the international level and analyze their advantages and disadvantages for the realization of long-term investments. In this context, it is key to understand if the public policies of a given country are sustainable over time.

Competences
Type A Code Competences Specific
 A7 Evaluate potential threats and opportunities for public institutions at the local and regional levels of processes linked to economic globalization.
Type B Code Competences Transversal
 CT3 Solve complex problems critically, creatively and innovatively in multidisciplinary contexts.
 CT8 Develop sufficient independence to work on research projects and scientific and technological ventures within their discipline.
Type C Code Competences Nuclear

Learning outcomes
Type A Code Learning outcomes
 A7 Understand and evaluate the welfare policies carried out in different OECD countries and their impact on the life quality of their citizens.
Type B Code Learning outcomes
 CT3 Solve complex problems critically, creatively and innovatively in multidisciplinary contexts.
 CT8 Develop sufficient independence to work on research projects and scientific and technological ventures within their discipline.
Type C Code Learning outcomes

Contents
Topic Sub-topic
Public expenditure - Public expenditure policies
- Public expenditure and growth
- Public expenditure centralization and decentralization
Inequality - Measurement of inequality
- Consequences of inequality
Taxation - Types of taxation
- Effects of taxation
- Centralization and decentralization of taxes
Public debt - The evolution of public debt
- Public debt and growth
Conclusions
- Sustainability of the welfare state
- Advantages and disadvantages of social policies for firm localization

Planning
Methodologies  ::  Tests
  Competences (*) Class hours
Hours outside the classroom
(**) Total hours
Introductory activities
1 0 1
Lecture
A7
15 17 32
Presentations / oral communications
A7
CT3
CT8
2 12 14
Debates
A7
CT3
8 12 20
Personal attention
2 2 4
 
Short-answer objective tests
A7
CT3
2 2 4
 
(*) On e-learning, hours of virtual attendance of the teacher.
(**) The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies
Methodologies
  Description
Introductory activities Introduction to the subject and the evaluation system.
Lecture Exposure of the contents of the subject by the teacher.
Presentations / oral communications Presentation of an essay by students.
Debates Debate on specific topics based on the contents of the subject and the essays of the students.
Personal attention Students can ask the teacher about the problems, the essays and other contents of the subject.

Personalized attention
Description
During office hours students can resolve their doubts regarding the course contents.

Assessment
Methodologies Competences Description Weight        
Presentations / oral communications
A7
CT3
CT8
Students have to deliver an assay on a topic related to the course and present it in class 40%
Debates
A7
CT3
Sudents have to organize and participate in a debate related to the presentations. 20%
Short-answer objective tests
A7
CT3
At the end of the course, students have to do an exam. 40%
Others  
 
Other comments and second call

In second call the student must carry out a test and present it (the mark of the essay of the first call can be conserved). This has a 40% weight of the note. You must also carry out an exam with a weight of 60% of the final mark.


Sources of information

Basic Jean Hindriks and Gareth D. Myles, Intermediate Public Economics, 1st, 2006
Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st century, 1st, 2014

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(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.