D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Agraria
A.A. A.A. 2016-2017
Credits 6
Hours 54
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code LM FORESPA W000249


Basic knowledge of general economics and rural appraisal

Development of the course

The didactic method is based on ppt lectures (4 ECTS) (provided in copies to the students) and laboratory experiences (2 ECTS). The course will be also available through an e-learning version using the Moodle platform: (i) teaching materials composed by different learning units ii) documents, scientific articles, reports

Learning outcomes

Knowledge. The course enables students to acquire the fundamental knowledge about agro-environmental policies and mountain areas (LFAs); moreover the course take into account the methods to evaluate the environmental goods including landscape.



Applying knowledge and understanding. The main aim of this course is promote the students to understand the environmental issue concerning agroforestry system and to promote strategies to improuve the sustainable management of agro-forestry systems

Cross-expertise. (i) making judgements: capability of identify the information needed to manage the environment and to improve sustainable development; (ii) communications: capability of clearly and exhaustively communicate notions, ideas, problems and technical solutions to stakeholders.



Sustainable development, market failure, externalities, public goods. Environmental instruments:  command and control;  Fiscal (Pigouvian taxes and subsidies); market-based (1 ECTS)

Agro-Environmental Policy in the CAP as an instrument to internalize externalities (2 ECTS)

  • Agro-environmental policies at national and regional level: RDP programs. Analysis and implementation
  • Mountain areas strategies to manage sustainability  rural development

Environmental Economics and Evaluation  (2 ECTS):

     Total Economic Value

     Revealed preference methods of valuation including: hedonic pricing -  HP; travel cost methods -TC;

     -Stated preference methods of benefits determination including contingent valuation MCV; choice experiments CE; Auctions.

Environmental Impact assessment (EIA) (1 ECTS).


Development of the examination

Learning evaluation methods

Final oral discussion related to two of the subjects listed in the teaching program and an individual  work project (i.e. EU project) about the issues proposed by professor.


Learning evaluation criteria

In the oral classwork, the student will have to demonstrate: (i) knowledge of  agro-environmental economics and policy and sustainability topics (ii) project management concerning the agroforestry systems (iii); environmental evaluation to support the decision making.

To pass the oral exam, the student must demonstrate an overall understanding of the content using appropriate technical terminology, and to be able to deal with deductive reasoning that enable him to create links within matter, and to have a complete mastery of the subject.


Learning measurement criteria

The final mark is attributed in thirtieths. Successful completion of the examination will lead to grades ranging from 18 to 30 “cum laude”.


Final mark allocation criteria

The oral examination consists of two  questions concerning the subjects listed in the teaching program and one oral dissertation of work project. Each of ones will be quantified in the range 0 - 10. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

Handouts and other materials distributed by the professor during the course.

Bernetti J., Romano S., 2007, Economia delle risorse forestali (2 volumi), Liguori Ed., Napoli,  p.888

Perman R. et al. (4a edition – 2012) Natural Resource&Environmental Economics, Prentice Hall Edinburgh, p.712

Turner K.R., Pearce D., Bateman I., 2003, Economia ambientale, il Mulino, Bologna, p.264


Finco A. 2012, Biofuels Economics and Policies, Franco Angeli, Milano, p.204

Finco A. 2007, Ambiente, Paesaggio e Biodiversità nelle politiche di sviluppo rurale, ARACNE, p.155.




Office hours


Tuesday from 3 pm to 5 pm.


  • C.L.M. Scienze Forestali, dei Suoli e del Paesaggio (FORESPA)

Università Politecnica delle Marche
P.zza Roma 22, 60121 Ancona
Tel (+39) 071.220.1, Fax (+39) 071.220.2324
P.I. 00382520427