Optativa ( Economia da Felicidade ) - Economia - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 3 / 2º Semestre
Plan: 2015/16
Scientific Area: ECO
Level: L3

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical: 48.00
Pratical and Laboratorial:
Tutorial: 32.00


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Degree having this Course

Degree - Branch Degree Plan Year
Economia - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2015/16

Teaching Staff

Gabriel Augusto Leite Mota
Gabriel Augusto Leite Mota

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico
Ensino teórico-prático

Course Information

Course Objectivs

1 Gain knowledge about the birth, evolution and main results from the Economics of Happiness literature (a specific framework within welfare economics) by framing the economics of happiness within the history of economics and comparing it with mainstream welfare economics and A. Sen's Capabilities theory.

2 Develop critical reasoning.

3 Develop academic research and analytical skills.

4 Develop team work capabilities and train the ability to produce and present academic reports.

Evaluation Criteria

Classification Type: Quantitative (0-20)
Evaluation Methodology: The course has lectures and team work tutorials. During the discipline lectures contents are presented and explained. During tutorial groups are accompanied throughout the development of the academic essay they must complete and present at semester end.

The evaluation is divided into 2 parts: a final exam on the theories presented, weighting 50% of the final mark and with minimum mark of 7, and a group essay on some papers of the economics of happiness, weighting 50% of the final mark (30% the written part, 20% the oral defense).

The examination at appeal time can wieght 100% or 50% if the students conclued the other continuous assessmen components but failed because had less than 7 values in the test at normal time. This applies to the special season.

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Main Bibliography

Gabriel Leite Mota (2009). Three Essays on Happiness in Economics (PhD dissertation in encomics). University of Porto.
Richard layard (2011). Happiness: lessons from a new science (2nd ed). Penguin Books.
Bruno Frey (2010). Hapiness: a revolution in economics. The MIT Press.

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