ECON4507 History of Economic Thought
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Economics [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
- This unit provides an in-depth study of the history of economic thought. Particular emphasis is placed on classical political economy including the ideas of Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Mill and Marx; and neo-classical economics such as the ideas of Jevons, Walras, Pareto and Marshall.
- Students are able to (1) identify and discuss the major themes of European economic thought prior to Adam Smith, with particular reference to work undertaken within the Mercantilist tradition; (2) distinguish between the surplus and the exchange interpretations of the history of classical economic thought; (3) critically appraise the distinction between Classical and Neo-classical economic thought; (4) compare and contrast major works of the leading scholars of the Lausanne and/or the Cambridge Schools; (5) explain the meaning of the term 'historiography' as it applies to studies in the history of economic thought; and (6) demonstrate the capability to communicate important ideas in the history of economics.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Michael McLure
- Unit rules
- Enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or enrolment in the Master of Economics (42620) or Master of Public Policy (42580).
- ECON3310 History of Economic Ideas offered in the Economics major
- Contact hours
- lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
- Unit Outline
- Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.