ECON1006 - History of Economic Thought

Term 1



Aims:

This new module provides students with an exciting opportunity to participate in the revival of interest in the history of economic thought which is now occurring in response to the current financial and economic crisis.

  • The module will accordingly relate the study of economic ideas of the past with current debates and discussions on the unfolding events of the present.
  • The module will show how reassessing the ideas of the past provides a unique opportunity to think ‘outside the box’ and address economic issues which had become unfamiliar within economic theory as it has existed in recent times.
  • The module will show how the history of economic thought not only provides the best possible introduction to the study of economics, but is also a fundamental aspect of the formulation of economic ideas which can adequately address the issues of the present.
  • The module will acquaint students with carefully chosen selections from some classic texts of economic thought which they will be able to cite throughout their student career and beyond.
  • The module will have strong career relevance, in providing students with the ability to engage in informed discussion with specialists and non-specialists alike on issues currently reviving widespread attention in the media and public debate generally.

Objectives:

On completing this module, students will have gained:

  • an understanding of the context of the original formulation of some fundamental analytical methods and theoretical concepts in use by economists today.
  • an understanding of the changing context of the application of these methods and concepts in subsequent periods up to the present.
  • an understanding of the applicability or otherwise of these methods and ideas in relation to the specific characteristics of the world economy today.
  • an acquaintance with some classic texts of economic thought and an ability to cite them in their application of economic analysis;
  • an ability to think critically about the limits of economic analysis in a broader socio-economic context;
  • an awareness of the relation of economics to other social science disciplines.
  • an ability to bring their awareness of the history of economic ideas to bear on their assessment of wider economic discussions and debates on economic affairs of topical interest today. 
  • an ability to engage in informed discussion with specialists and non-specialists alike on issues currently reviving widespread attention in the media and public debate generally, which will be particularly relevant in job interviews, etc.
Taught by:
Hugh Goodacre
Assessment: This is a one-term module comprising of 10 2-hour lectures, and 4 tutorial classes in which two pieces of written work are to be submitted during the course of the module. Assessment is by a two-hour unseen written examination in Term 3.
Suitable for:
First year students in Economics and related subjects may take this module.
Prerequisites: No previous knowledge of economics is necessary.
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