Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics
Module code: ECN109
This is an optional module for single honours Economics and BSc Economics with Finance students.
- How did modern economics develop as a discipline?
- Who made the significant advances in the intellectual development within our subject?
- How do these 'great thinkers' contribute to how we research and teach in economics today?
- What principles and concepts in modern economics have these individuals given to us?
- What is the continuing impact of these economists on our understanding of the ways in which governments, businesses, investors and individuals make decisions today?
Aims of the module
The module aims are:
By the end of the module, students will:
This module introduces students to a range of classical and contemporary economists, including the founders of the discipline and some Nobel Prize winners, past and present. For each economist, a senior member of the department will give a short biography, outline their contributions to the discipline of economics and the development of the subject, and explain how these economists have influenced their own thinking and the research that is undertaken in economics today. Examples of the contribution of these economists to a range of current economic issues will also be used to illustrate the continuing relevance and application of their ideas.
Lectures and workshops, with two lectures and one workshop dedicated to each of the classical and contemporary economists being studied (Smith, Keynes, Lucas, Kahneman etc)
Two one-hour class tests (one in each semester, each worth 30% of the overall mark) and a 5 page essay submitted at the end of semester 2 (worth 40%)
We advise you not to buy books before the module begins, as the reading list may change. If you wish to read in advance, look for these texts in the University library
Chang, Ha-Joon (2014) Economics: The User’s Guide, Pelican
Module leader Sarah Brown
Please note that the leader may change before the module begins
Semester Academic year