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EC9C1: Topics in Economic History

  • James Fenske

    Module Leader
  • Bishnupriya Gupta

    Module Lecturer
12 CATS - Department of Economics

Principal Aims

The module aims to develop the skills and knowledge of advanced economic history necessary for a career as an academic economist and in all areas where advanced research skills in economic history are required. Specifically, it aims to teach the students to understand, appreciate, and ultimately contribute to, frontier research. It is intended to be comparable to modules taught in the best research universities in the USA and elsewhere in Europe.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Have a strategic overview and a detailed understanding of complex issues in economic history. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Seminars and background reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Submitted assignments.

Develop a critical knowledge of recent research in some key areas of economic history. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Seminars and background reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Submitted assignments.

Autonomously pursue their own research agenda in the forefront of the economic history field. The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Seminars and background reading. The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Submitted assignments.

Syllabus

Illustrative topics might include:

• An overview of the sources of persistence of regional disparities in development, focussing on geography, culture and institutions.

• Papers on long run effects of historical institutions on economic development today e.g. colonial institutions, land tenure systems and organisation of labour. Topics might include persistence of history, culture and institutions"

Context

Optional Module
L1PJ - Year 2
Pre or Co-requisites
Satisfactory completion of MRes year 1

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (100%)
Coursework Details
Coursework (80%) - Eligible for self-certification: Yes (Extension), Presentation (20%) - Eligible for self-certification: No CATS:
Exam Timing
N/A

Reading Lists