Postgraduate Coursework Units of Study

ECON6907 - Topics in History of Economic Thought

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Tony Aspromourgos
Phone: +61 2 9351 3065
Email: tony.aspromourgos@sydney.edu.au

Description

This unit of study revolves around the intensive study of key elements of selected classic works in the development of economic thought. This course of lectures and seminars is not intended to be of purely historical or antiquarian interest; it is animated by the belief that such classic works remain highly relevant, in a fundamental way, for contemporary theoretical and policy debates. In particular, the aim is to: (i) demonstrate the evolutionary and temporal nature of current economic theory, (ii) indicate the attitudes which have developed in the field of policy, and how these are related to past theory, environment, and action; and (iii) make the student aware of the literary, philosophical and cultural elements underlying economic knowledge and practice. Another aim of this unit of study is to enable students to achieve a critical command of conceptual machineries of thought and analysis.

Assessments

Final exam (3000 words) (50%), Written assignments (3000 words) (40%), Participation (10%)

Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week

Prerequisites

ECON6001 and ECON6002 and ECON6003 and ECMT6002

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