Scienze economiche

Corso svolto a Vienna

Course contents

After an Introduction into the theoretic foundations of the psychological approach towards issues in economics as well as business administration the course will focus on the questions and interests which are most relevant to the participating students. We will first offer a broad overview on:

  • History of organizational and industrial psychology;
  • Paradigms of economic psychology; (Selected topics)
  • Motivation in organizations;
  • Leadership and management styles;
  • Work environment and work analysis;
  • Work satisfaction (focusing on problems of measurement);
  • Work-life-balance: women and their double role;
  • Integration of people with disabilities (physical and mental) in employment; (e.g. Alcohol prevention in organizations).

The students are expected to fulfill:

Lectures: to participate actively in the front lectures; additional readings; preparation for examination;

Exercises: Students with similar interests will work in small groups on the subject-areas in economic psychology which most interest them and prepare a presentation at the end of the course in the second semester (spring 2017).

Course objectives

At the end of the course students will:

  • have a general overview over the existing schools of economic thought;
  • have a general overview of the different theories of money
  • grasp the basic economic concepts of economic thought
  • understand the basic economic approaches to the measurement of wealth and poverty
  • be familiar with the fundamental economic notions, such as the wealth creation chain, surplus value, BDP, etc.
  • be able to present independently researched information verbally and in writing according to scientific standards.

Requirements for assessment and examination

Lecture: written final examination (on course content and additional readings)

Exercise: Participation in small group assignments, review and preparation of an individually selected and relevant topic area (group-work); presentation of the group work at the end of the course.

Literature (a selection)

Dodd, N. (2014). The Social Life of Money. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton Univ Pr.

Graeber, D. (2011). Debt : the first 5,000 years. New York: Melville House Publishing.

Hayek, F. A. (1944). The road to serfdom. London: Routledge.

Marx, K. (1959). Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (Vol. Ergänzungband). Moscow: Progress Publishers.

Menger, K. (1892). On the Origin of Money. The Economic Journal, 2(6), 239–255.

Simmel, G. (1900). Philosophie des Geldes (2nd ed.). Duncker & Humbolt.

Stiglitz, J. E., Sen, A., & Fitoussi, J.-P. (2010). Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up. The New Press.

Weber, M. (2001). The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. London; New York: Routledge.