EC240 Half Unit
PPE Interdisciplinary Research Seminar
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Maitreesh Ghatak
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.
This course is only available to second year students on the BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. The course will run from the beginning of Lent Term in year 2 and will continue as EC340 through to the end of Lent Term in year 3.
The course will include seminars given by academics from inside and outside LSE, as well as speakers from the public, private and third sector. These guest seminars will engage students with research on the frontier in topics such as public economics, political economy and decision making in the public domain. This research and background reading will then be further discussed in the following week’s seminar led by the teacher responsible for the course. Attendance is required in all seminars.
5 hours of seminars and 7 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT.
12 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT. Seminars by guest speakers, which take place in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, are 1.5 hours to allow time for Q&A; subsequent discussion seminars, which take place in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, are 1 hour each.
The course will run across three terms starting at the beginning of Lent term in year 2 of the PPE and continuing in Michaelmas and Lent term of year 3 of the PPE (as EC340). Each term will consist of a series of biweekly seminars by guest speakers (5 x 90mins) and discussion seminars (5 x 60mins).
Seminars in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be given by guest speakers on a specific topic, such as inequality, universal basic income, or limits of markets, and will allow for the opportunity to interact and ask questions. Depending on the availability of the speaker, there may be the opportunity for further discussion at an informal social event after the lecture. The subsequent discussion seminars led by the instructor will discuss the previous week’s seminar as well as examining background reading related to the topic.
Seminar participation and all coursework for this course will be assessed summatively (see below).
Acemoglu, Daron and James Robinson, Why Nations Fail, Crown Books, 2012;
Besley, Timothy and Torsten Persson, Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters, Princeton University Press, 2011 (will be used as the core text book, and students will be asked to familiarise themselves with the core modelling framework developed in the book);
Banerjee, Abhijit and Esther Duflo, Poor Economics, Random House, 2011;
Bowles, Samuel, The Moral Economy - Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens, Yale University Press, 2016;
Fukuyama, Francis, The Origins of Political Order, Profile Books, 2011;
Moore, Barrington, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Beacon Press, 1966;
North, Douglass, John Wallis and Barry Weingast, Violence and Social Orders, Cambridge University Press, 2009;
Piketty, Thomas, Capital in the 21st Century, Harvard University Press, 2014;
Rodrik, Dani, Economics Rules, OUP 2015;
Sandel, Michael, What Money Cannot Buy - The Moral Limits of Markets, Allen Lane, 2012;
Sandel, Michael, Justice- What's the Right Thing to Do, Allen Lane, 2009;
Satz, Debra, Why Some Things Should Not be For Sale - The Moral Limits of Markets, OUP, 2010;
Sen, Amartya, The Idea of Justice, Allen Lane, 2009.
An extensive list of required and further readings will be available on Moodle.
This information is for students in the first year of the PPE Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (i.e. 2nd year BSc PPE students taking EC240). 3rd year BSc PPE students taking the second year of this course please refer to the EC340 course guide.
Students will be assessed throughout the course, through essays and class participation, which will include structured discussions in a panel or group presentation form. In the first year (EC240) students will be assessed by one group essay of 2,500 words and class participation. There will be one essay per term in MT and LT of the third year of the PPE, when this course continues as EC340, and class participation will be continued to be assessed.
The final summative grade will weigh together the essays (80%) and class participation (20%) from all three terms (the essays will be weighted 25%, 25% and 50%, respectively).
The overall grade the students will receive will be one of four: fail, pass, merit and distinction.
Total students 2017/18: 38
Average class size 2017/18: 20
Capped 2017/18: No
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (LT)
Value: Half Unit
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills