0762 Elective Course - Economic and Social History / Course - Topics in Economic and Social History
Dr. Wilfried Kisling, Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Lampe
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
01.09.2020 bis 30.09.2020
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Dienstag 06.10.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 06.10.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 13.10.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 13.10.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 20.10.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 20.10.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 27.10.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 27.10.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 03.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 03.11.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 10.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 10.11.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 17.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 17.11.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 24.11.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 24.11.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 01.12.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 01.12.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 15.12.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 15.12.2020 13:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 22.12.2020 10:00 - 12:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 22.12.2020 13:00 - 16:00 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

This class will be held online - as an exception for the current winter term 2020/21 - independent of whether restrictions on campus use apply or not.

Inhalte der LV

This course deals with the classical question in development economics, growth economics and economic history: Why are some countries rich and some countries poor? And is being rich the same as being developed, and what is development anyway? Since they unfold over longer periods of time and in different ways in different places, socioeconomic development and economic growth are genuinely historical processes. Nevertheless, the development and growth paths of different societies might (or might not) follow common patterns, and understanding these allows to give answers to the classical question beyond the description of individual country experences. We will therefore combine historical experiences and theoretical explanations from economics and other social sciences in trying to get closer to the issue. Hereby we follow a thematic approach and look at different factors used to explain development, growth and the lack thereof, instead of a chronological or comparative case study approach. We thus treat, for example, the importance of politics and institutions, of religion and culture, of geography, of education, of foreign influence and colonialism, trade and the financial system. We systematically look at connections between the different 'drivers' and, for example, discuss whether they turned out to be complement, substitutes or completely unrelated in different circumstances.

Why is such an approach to development throigh economic and social history useful? This course argues that economic history is relevant for economists, social sciences, managers, and policy-makers for at least three reasons. First, events that happened in the past may harbor important lessons for the design of economic policy and thus the organization/allocation of resources in a firm, a country, a region or even on a global level. Second, we often observe that events in the past have long-lasting persistent effects that continue to play a large role today: a solid understanding of the channels behind this persistence is thus crucial to understand our current world. Third, economic history provides a huge arsenal of events and policies that researchers in economics, business, and management can draw upon to test modern theory with regard to its empirical validity.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

By the end of the course, students will have gained an informed and critical view of the role and importance of historical experiences and the main explanations for economic growth and development, and for understanding current economic affairs and international economic relations. They will gain an understanding of how such explanations are elaborated and contrasted with actual experiences and empirical material about them, and how understanding this helps to critically appraise academic work in this field. They will thereby gain an understanding of technicalities of and approaches to empirical research in economic and social history, and of how understanding the economic and social precedents of the present helps contextualizing research in other disciplines as well as it informs policy-makers and managers.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

To facilitate participation of international and incoming exchange students, this class will - as an exception - be held entirely online in the winter term 2020/21. This means that students are not expected to be present on campus, but still have to attend class (using microphone and webcam via videoconference software) during the established time slots.

This course is divided into morning classes - dealing with the specific topics - and afternoon classes - dealing with more specific case studies as well as connections between topics and the 'bigger picture'. Students can miss two classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon without justification, but missing more classes without strong and justified reasons that cannot be influeced by the students (i.e., work or travel is not one of them) will result in unenrolment from the course.


Morning classes introduce the general topic of the week. Students will be required to prepare material in advance, and after a short introduction participate actively in class discussions. To facilitate interaction in online mode, groups will be split to manageable size (10-15 students) and actual online class hours adjusted for each group - but all hours will fall within the announced class timeslots.

Afternoon classes briefly assess the knowledge from the morning class via short tests, and then introduce - via brief student interventions - specific case studies, deeper insights and/or controversial viewpoints on the topic of the week. These are followed by interactive elements such as exercises and discussion during class hours.

Building on the contents and insights from morning and afternoon classes students are required to hand in a final essay on a topic related to the content of the course.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Participation in discussions, etc. in morning and afternoon sessions: 20%

short tests/quizzes on content of morning classes in afternoon sessions: 15%

presentation/specific inputs into afternoon sessions: 30%

final essay: 35%



1 Autor/in: Additional Bibliography

To be announced one week before the first session via Learn@WU.

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

None, except those stated in your study plans. First come-first in principle is applied for getting into the class, both in the first place and from the waiting list.

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

Office hours: On appointment (see contact emails).

Zuletzt bearbeitet: 18.06.2020