General Outline of the History of Economic Thought

Ludwig List
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020W, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03230

Description

// In case of another lockdown the classes will be held via Zoom, the students will be informed with the details via mail.

 

This module represents part two of the course on the history of economic thought. It tries to offer a problem-oriented introduction into the history of economic thought and its historical context from a critical, macroeconomic perspective. Apart from presenting various basic economic concepts, several goals, instruments and fundamental debates in economic theory and policy will be explained and discussed.

The focus of this course lies in

  • A critical analysis of traditional goals of economic policy
  • Grand debates in economic theories
  • How does economic theory and society influence each other?
  • A basic overview of several different economic paradigms

 

This course’s goal is to

  • Create awareness of the need for more engagement with economic history and history of economic thought

After finishing the course, the students should be able to

  • Assess problems of economic policy using social and economic criteria
  • Differentiate between different points of view regarding economic theory and policy
  • Use a wider array of arguments for future debates.

 

At the beginning of the lecture, the lecturer introduces the students to specific topics and gives a short summary of important persons in the history of economic thought with emphasis on the respective historical context. To prepare themselves the students read one or several text passages or chapters of classics in the history of economic thought. Furthermore, they organise in groups in order to prepare different articles and provide valuable inputs for the following debate.

In general, the course design tries to provide ample space for discussion with the goal of comparing different points of view. Finally, it should motivate the students to elaborate proper arguments on their own and to gain experiences in the presentation of content and their own opinions.

Students from other faculties or universities will receive a place on the course subject to room capacities.

Examination Modalities

Grades are given based on the students’ active participation as well as their presentation in groups (40 %) and a peer-reviewed group essay (60%). Bonus points may be achieved via the submission of summaries discussing the content of the class and the texts discussed.

Comments

 

Recommended Literature (not needed for successfully finishing the course)

Allen, R. C. (2011). Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction (1 edition). Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Blaug, M. (1997). Economic Theory in Retrospect (5 edition). Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hobsbawm, E. (1989). The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 (Reprint edition). New York: Vintage.

Hobsbawm, E. (1996). The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991 (1st edition). New York: Vintage.

Hobsbawm, E. (2000). The Age of Capital, 1848-75. London: Orion Pub Co.

Kurz, H. D. (2017). Geschichte des ökonomischen Denkens (2nd ed.). München: C.H.Beck.

Robbins, L. (2000). A History of Economic Thought: The LSE Lectures (New Ed edition). Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Dates

07 October 2020, 17:00–20:00 Seminar Room 20
14 October 2020, 17:00–20:00 Seminar Room 20
21 October 2020, 17:00–20:00 Seminar Room 20
28 October 2020, 17:00–20:00 Seminar Room 20
04 November 2020, 17:00–20:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
11 November 2020, 17:30–20:30 Distance Learning (details as described)
18 November 2020, 17:00–20:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
02 December 2020, 17:00–20:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
09 December 2020, 17:00–20:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
16 December 2020, 17:00–20:00 Distance Learning (details as described)
13 January 2021, 17:00–20:00 Distance Learning (details as described)

Course Enrolment

From 04 September 2020, 00:00 to 31 October 2020, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Foundation

Individual courses: possible