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Undergraduate Course: Economic History 2.1: The Global Economy Part 1 (ECSH08040)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the rise of the global economy between 1500 and 1914. Ultimately it seeks to understand the processes of economic development and why some economies grow more quickly than others and how connections within the world economy have stimulated or retarded growth over the last millennium.
Course description The course examines Western Europe┐s economic development between the ┐Discoveries┐ of the late fifteenth century and the Industrial Revolution and places it in a long-run global perspective. In 1500, Europe did not look very different from a number of other parts of the world in terms of productive capacity and living standards but, by 1800, Western Europe was starting to forge ahead on both counts. The central aim is to explain the sources of Europe┐s economic dynamism and why the incentive structures changed in ways favourable to growth to produce the ┐Great Divergence┐. The semester┐s work concludes with a discussion of how Europe developed during the eras of global expansion to 1914.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  120
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essays of 2500 words accounts for 26 per cent of the final mark.
One short assignment accounts for 14 per cent of the final mark.
The examination accounts for 60 per cent of the final mark.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, a sound knowledge of the subject considered in the course.
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them.
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
S. Broadberry and K.H. O┐Rourke (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, Volume 1: 1700-1870 (2010).
R. Findlay & K. H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (2007).
P. Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia did Not. Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 (2011).
K.G. Persson, An Economic History of Europe: Knowledge, Institutions and Growth, 600 to the Present (2010).
K. Pomeranz, The Great Divergence. China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern Economy (2001).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Tutorial will be time-tabled at the start of the session. Tutorials must attend one tutorial per week.
Lecture Venue:
KeywordsEcon Hist 2-1
Course organiserDr Nuala Zahedieh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3836
Course secretaryMr Jonathan Donnelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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