Undergraduate Course: History of Economic Thought 2 (ECNM10026)
|School||School of Economics
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The History of Economic Thought is a major branch of both Economics and of the History of Ideas. It traces the development of economic theories and ideas from earliest times to the present. The emphasis is on `thought' rather than on `history', although for some topics a knowledge of the institutional background is indispensable, e.g. Keynes. The course aims to provide a survey of economic theories from classical economists of the eighteenth century to Keynes and to give an opportunity to study particular economic ideas and theories in considerable depth.
Topics covered include: Pre-Marxian Socialists; John Stuart Mill; Marx as a classical economist; Jevons; Austrian economics; Marshall on price theory; Marshall on economic methodology and economic policy; The Stockholm School; Keynes and Schumpeter.
The course is taught through a programme of lectures and seminars. For each topic the development of the economic writers' ideas and theories is carefully set out and secondary literature considered. Biographical information is limited to identifying these writers in the chronology of economics and outlining the major intellectual influences upon them.
As well as a direct knowledge and understanding of major contributions to economics over a long time span, the course provides general insights into economic methodology and reasoning, and helps to deepen understanding of modern economic analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Economics 2 (ECNM08006)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A knowledge and understanding of the development of ideas within the field of economics and a deeper understanding of recent research activity in some more specialised areas.
- Research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving and the ability to assemble and evaluate complex evidence and arguments.
- Communication skills in order to critique, create and communicate understanding.
- Personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
- Practical/technical skills such as qualitative analysis and general IT literacy.
|There is no single text that covers all aspects of this course at an appropriate level. A variety of advanced readings will be used.|
|Course organiser||Mr Donald Rutherford
Tel: (0131 6)50 8357
|Course secretary||Mrs Anna Domagala
Tel: (0131 6)51 5305