Topics in History of Economic Thought (ECON6907)


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.

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1x3hr seminar/week


2500wd equivalent assignments (50%), 1x1.5hr final exam (50%)

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Unit of study rules


ECON6001 and ECON6002 and ECON6003 and ECMT6002

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