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Economic History Department
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London
WC2A 2AE

 

Departmental Tutor

Dr Gerben Bakker
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7047

g.bakker@lse.ac.uk| 

 

Undergraduate Academic Officer

Dr Peter Cirenza
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6680

p.t.cirenza@lse.ac.uk|

 

Undergraduate Administrator

(The department does not deal with admissions. For admissions information contact stu.rec@lse.ac.uk|)

Helena Ivins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7110
h.ivins@lse.ac.uk|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSc Economic History Programmes

Economic History uses concepts and theories from the Social Sciences as a starting point for studying the development of real economies and understanding them in their social, political and cultural contexts.

As a discipline, Economic History combines the skills not just of the economist and historian, but also the statistician and the sociologist. Typical issues are: economic globalisation in a historical perspective, the effect of business organisation on economic performance, the economic and social effects of wars, the importance of education and human capital in economic change, change in social behaviour in the past, the history of economic development in the third world, and the causes of population change and migration.

Our students gain a range of research skills including numeracy, the ability to evaluate and analyse data, and to present an argument orally or on paper. These skills are highly valued by most employers.

Details of how to apply can be found here:

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The Economic History department offers three undergraduate programmes:

  • BSc Economic History - Students take core courses in economic history and economics, plus two options from any of the first year courses made available by other departments. In the Second year you take one compulsory course, Theories and Evidence in Economic History, plus three courses, at least two of which have to be in economic history. In the third year, you choose three courses in economic history and submit a 10,000 word project.
  • BSc Economic History with Economics - In this degree, economics is a minor subject. You would take two economic history courses, and an option from another subject area at LSE, with only one economic principles course. In the third year, you would only need to take one further economic principles course.
  • BSc Economics and Economic History - This joint degree is an alternative way of studying economics. It will appeal if you want training in the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to real problems.

Within the degrees students may choose between 'economic' courses, 'quantitative' and 'non-quantitative' courses, as well as from a range of geographical areas and time periods. For a more structured degree with less choice students should consider one of the joint degrees.

All degrees involve studying twelve courses over the three years. 

Economic History Department Courses 2013-2014

Please note course availability.

First year

  • EH101 - The Internationalization of Economic Growth

Second Year

  • EH204 Money and Finance: From the Middle Ages to Modernity
  • EH205 - Towns Society and Economy in England and Europe 1450-1750 (n/a 2013/14)
  • EH207 - The Making of an Economic Superpower: China since 1850 (n/a 2013/14)
  • EH211 - Africa and the World Economy, 1500-2000
  • EH225 - Latin America and the International Economy
  • EH237 - Theories and Methods in Economic History
  • EH238 - The Industrial Revolution
  • EH240 - Business and Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context

Third Year

  • EH301 - The Origins of the World Economy, 1450 - 1750 (n/a 2013/14)
  • EH304 - The Economic History of North America: from Colonial Times to the Cold War (n/a 2013/14)
  • EH306   - Monetary and Financial History since 1750
  • EH307    - The Economic History of South Asia 1600-2000  (n/a 2013/14)
  • EH308  - Historical Economic Geography: Cities, Markets and Regions in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • EH325 - Issues in Modern Japanese Economic Development: Late Industrialisation, Imperialism and High Speed Growth
  • EH326 - Innovation and Its Finance in the 19th and 20th Centuries 
  • EH327 - China's Traditional Economy and its Growth in the Very Long-Term
  • EC311 - History of Economics: How Theories Change
  • EH390 - Dissertation in Economic or Social History (required for BSc Economic History, BSc Economic History with Economics, BSc Economics and Economic History)

 

 

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