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Postgraduate Course: Topics in Economic History (ECNM11041)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Economics CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores selected topics in economic history. The specific mix of topics will vary from year to year, but will be drawn from a wide range of eras and subjects: prehistoric and pre-industrial revolution economies; the industrial and financial revolutions of the 17th-19th centuries; the economics of slavery in the US; financial and economic crises of the 20th century; energy policy since 1945; and natural experiments in economic history.
Course description This course explores selected topics in economic history. The specific mix of topics will vary from year to year, but will be drawn from a wide range of eras and subjects: prehistoric and pre-industrial revolution economies; the industrial and financial revolutions of the 17th-19th centuries; the economics of slavery in the US; financial and economic crises of the 20th century; energy policy since 1945; and natural experiments in economic history.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Macroeconomics 2 (ECNM11022) OR Microeconomics 2 (ECNM11025)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Must be registered for MSc Economics (PTMSCECNSG1F/P), MSc Economics (Econometrics) (PTMSCECNEC1F/P), MSc Economics (Finance) (PTMSCECNF12F/3P) or by special permission of the Programme Director. Email sgpe@ed.ac.uk to enquire.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesMust be registered for MSc Economics (PTMSCECNSG1F/P), MSc Economics (Econometrics) (PTMSCECNEC1F/P), MSc Economics (Finance) (PTMSCECNF12F/3P) or by special permission of the Programme Director. Email sgpe@ed.ac.uk to enquire.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Block 4 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2 hour Degree exam in May
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
See description
Reading List
General:

The economics of the Roman Empire:
Peter Temin (2006), The Economy of the Early Roman Empire, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 2, Winter.
Walter Scheidel and Steven J. Friesen (2009), The Size of the Economy and the Distribution of Income in the Roman Empire, Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 99.

Industrial Revolution
R.C. Allen, (2009) The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
J Mokyr (2009) The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850

The Great Irish Famine, 1845-52:
C. Ó Gráda & K. H. O'Rourke (1997), Migration as disaster relief: Lessons from the Great Irish Famine, European Review of Economic History 1(1), pp. 3-25.
J. Mokyr & C.Ó Gráda (2002), What do people die of during famines: The Great Irish Famine in comparative perspective, European Review of Economic History 6(3), pp. 339-363.


Energy policy since 1945:
Martin Chick (2007), Electricity and Energy Policy in Britain, France, and the United States since 1945, Edward Elgar Publishing.
P. Joskow (2001), California's electricity crisis, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 365-88

Bretton Woods
Benn Steil, The Battle of Bretton Woods (Princeton 2013)

Financial Regulation and Financial Crisis in Historical Perspective¿
C. Calomiris and S. Haber, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (2014)
C.M. Reinhart and K.S. Rogoff, this Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (2009)
C.R. Schenk, ¿Summer in the City: banking scandals of 1974 and the development of international banking supervision¿, English Historical Review, 2014, pp. 1129-1156.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEconomic History;Industrialisation;Pre-Industrial Revolution;Financial crises.
Contacts
Course organiserProf Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
Email: Martin.Chick@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Carole-Anne Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)51 1795
Email: Carole-Anne.Marshall@ed.ac.uk
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