EH481 Half Unit
Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Debin Ma SAR 612
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus). This course is available on the CEMS Exchange and MBA Exchange. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The 'project' of global history; comparison and connection; tools for global economic history: ideas from economic history, rational-choice economics and political economy, and from Marxism and 'world systems' theory; the industrial revolution as a conjuncture in global history; empires and globalization; meaning and evolution of the 'world economy'; states and state systems; culture and economic change; the natural environment and global history; the post-modern challenge to metanarrative; strategies for writing global history. The course will introduce central themes and analytical tools in global history, focussing on the history of material progress and stasis, and considering the comparisons and connections between the histories of different regions of the world.
20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.
Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students will be expected to produce two written papers during the course.
K Pomeranz, The Great Divergence (2000); J Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel (1998); E Jones, Growth Recurring: Economic Change in World History (1988, 2000); D Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998); A Frank, Re-Orient: Global economy in the Asian Age (1998); D North, Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance (1990); C Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (2004); A G Hopkins (ed), Globalization in World History (2002); D Smith, D Solinger & S Topik (eds), States and Sovereignty in the Global Economy (1999); J Osterhammel and N Petersson (eds), Globalization: A Short History (2005); B Gills and W. Thompson (eds), Globalization and Global History (2006).
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the January exam period.
Department: Economic History
Total students 2017/18: 10
Average class size 2017/18: 12
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills