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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Economic and Social History

Undergraduate Course: British Business History Since 1930 (ECSH10007)

This course will be closed from 31 July 2018

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to apply economic concepts to historical material;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to analyse the assumptions underpinning central economic and business models;
  4. 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;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
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

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsBritish Business
Course organiserProf Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
Course secretaryMrs Diane Knowles
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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