Undergraduate Course: British Business History Since 1930 (ECSH10007)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course uses techniques from history and economics to explore the development of business in Britain since 1930. It emphasises the institutional and microeconomic aspects of decision-making within companies, as well as the changing political-economic context in which businesses operate. A background in first-year economics or British economic and environmental history is helpful to students taking this course.
This course examines current business issues in their historical perspective. The main topics covered include: nationalisation; privatisation; regulation; research and development; occupational pension funds; industrial concentration; the business of the environment; deindustrialisation; venture capital; and financial liberalization and the City.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first-level historical or economics courses or equivalent, and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second-level historical or economics courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admissions Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3783).
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to apply economic concepts to historical material;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to analyse the assumptions underpinning central economic and business models;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|J. Vickers and G. Yarrow, Privatisation: An Economic Analysis|
R Coase, Essays on Economics and Economists
J Kay, The Foundations of Corporate Success
R. Millward, Private and Public Enterprise In Europe
P A David and M Thomas The Economic Future in Historical Perspective
O Shy The Economics of Network Industries
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
|Course secretary||Mrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781