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Unit information: Economic History in 2018/19

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Unit name Economic History
Unit code EFIM20017
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Cannon
Open unit status Not open



EFIM20008 Intermediate Economics 1

School/department School of Economics, Finance and Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to various historical economic episodes, to broaden their knowledge of economics and to complement the more theoretical economic units taught in the second year. The unit will be topic-based and emphasise depth at the expense of breadth. Topics will be chosen from the following list:

  • different monetary systems
  • financial crises
  • market integration, trade and the rôle of transport
  • urbanisation and development of living standards
  • agriculture
  • industrialisation

Topics will be chosen to enable the use and practice of economic and econometric tools taught in the first year (and, to a lesser extent, in the co-requisite units). Topics will be drawn predominantly but not exclusively from Europe in the early modern (1550-1750) and modern (1750- 1939) periods. Material will not be drawn from WW2 or afterwards.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of a selection of important economic issues in history
  • Ability to apply economic theory to historical episodes
  • Application of research methods (particularly statistical approaches) to empirical analysis of historical episodes

Teaching details

18 hours of lectures plus revision lectures

8 classes

Assessment Details

Summative assessment

Two-hour written examination. The assessment examines the ILOs.

Formative assessment

Two essays (approx 2000 words) – these will allow students to combine analysis and synthesis of historical information, economic theory and statistical analysis.

Supplemented by some electronic quizzes to review relevant economic and statistical material.

Reading and References

  • Floud and Johnson (ed) The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain
  • Persson An economic history of Europe: knowledge, institutions and growth, 600 to the present
  • Various articles from journals such as Explorations in Economic History, Journal of Economic History.