Syllabus

Title
5925 Foundations in Socioeconomics
Instructors
Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr. Sigrid Stagl, M.S.
Contact details
Univ. Prof. Dr. Sigrid Stagl, stagl@wu.ac.at
  • Type
    VUE
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
02/26/19 to 02/28/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/05/19 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 03/19/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 03/26/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 04/02/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 05/07/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 05/21/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 05/28/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Tuesday 06/04/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull
Monday 06/24/19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.0.001

Contents

In this course we will introduce key concepts, theories and methods from socioeconomics. In the first part of the course, we will deal with the main economic actors and how their interactions are governed. Markets are seen as sets of social institutions. Institutions shape how consumers, firms and other economic actors behave. While it is difficult to understand how novelty emerges, we can study the conditions that are conducive to innovation. We will review how economic performance, social progress and human wellbeing are measured and what progress has been made. In the second part of the course, we will study a specific macroeconomic model that accounts for biophysical boundaries and inequality.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course you will -

- know what role social institutions play in the economy and how they influence what outcomes the economy generates;

- be familiar with the way how the capability approach helps to study human behaviours and why human wellbeing should be measured by reference to multiple dimensions;

- have experienced how macroeconomic modelling can be useful for addressing biophysical boundaries and inequality.

Attendance requirements

Teaching/learning method(s)

Students are expected to be active learners. While the professor offers a selection of readings and other course materials, lectures and tutoring on how to use dynamic systems modelling, you are expected to formulate questions and try to use the concepts offered in the course to address your questions.

Assessment

Quizzes - at the beginning of the first four classes there will be a short (20 min) quiz with two questions based on last week's readings. Please arrive on time for the quiz. On each quiz you can get max. 10 points; all in all there will be four quizzes.

Group work - using dynamic systems modelling (STELLA) you will develop an own model and read about the Victor / Jackson macroeconomic model that uses the same technique. You will upload a 5 minute film of a presentation of your model and the code by 20 June 23:55 at Learn. 35 points.

Exam on the content of the book "Managing without Growth - Slower by Design not Desaster" by Victor (2019). 24 June during class. 60 minutes. 20 points.

Journal - read the course materials actively; record your thoughts while reading the materials; make links to your existing knowledge, pose questions, formulate criticism. Upload the file with your journal by 4 June 23:55 at Learn. 10 points.

Readings

1 Author: Hodgson, G.M.
Title:

What Are Institutions? Journal of Economic Issues 40, 1-25.


Year: 2006
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Journal
2 Author: Victor, Peter
Title:

Managing without Growth - Slower by Design, not Disaster


Publisher: Edward Elgar
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2019
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book

Availability of lecturer(s)

To schedule an appointment with me, please contact Ms Barbara Gaal, 01-31336-4848.

 

Last edited: 2019-03-22



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