Undergraduate Course: British Economic and Environmental History since 1900 (ECSH08036)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an analysis and overview of the main changes in British economic and environmental history since 1900. The course is strongly focussed on economic and political/economic themes and is intended to provide students with an understanding of the origins and context of the main theoretical ideas underpinning British political economy since 1900.
The course examines the main developments in the development of the British economy since 1900 and the persistent and increasing interest in the environmental impact of economic activity. As well as looking at major shifts in macro-economic policy, the course will also examine the process of deindustrialisation, the rise of public expenditure, and the growing concern with sustainability. The topics covered will include: inflation; nationalisation; privatisation; air pollution; oil pricing; fixed and floating exchange rate systems; time and saving; fish and renewables; property rights; and the operation of the welfare state.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2,000 word Essay (50%)
750 word Statistical exercise (14%)
1,250 word Archival document commentary (36%)
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to apply economic principles to historical and quantitative material.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to analyse and contextualise primary source material.
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time.
- Demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required.
- Demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
|N. Barr The Economics of the Welfare State|
A Britton Macroeconomic Policy in Britain, 1974-1987
C. Feinstein The Managed Economy
M Chick Industrial Policy in Britain, 1945-1951
A. Offer The Challenge of Affluence
S. Broadberry The Productivity Race
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus one tutorial per week.
|Course organiser||Prof Martin Chick
Tel: (0131 6)50 3842
|Course secretary||Ms Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781