Introduction to Economics
Cod: 61022
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Economics
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit aims at: (1) provide students with
knowledge on basic principles of economic science, (2) show the importance and relevance of economics in practice, and (3) lay the theoretical foundations and concepts of support to the deepening on Economic Science.


At the end, students should be able to:
• Analyze the economic discourse and economic reality;
• Build new knowledge concerning the functioning of the
economy as a whole.

Part I - Economics
1. Economic Systems
2. Demand
3. Supply
4. Markets
Part II - Money
5. Factor prices
6. Income distribution
7. Money
8. Inflation

Main Reading:
Porto, Manuel, Economia: Um Texto Introdutório, Edições Almedina

Secondary reading:
•    Samuelson, Paul A. & Nordhaus, William D. (2005). Economia, McGraw-Hill (any edition from 18th ed. on, 2005).


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).