1269 Heterodox Economics (Applied Track)
Hendrik Theine, Ph.D.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
10/04/23 to 10/04/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 10/11/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 10/18/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 10/25/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/08/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/15/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/22/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/29/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.5.04
Wednesday 12/06/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.13
Wednesday 12/13/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.14
Wednesday 01/10/24 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM TC.4.04
Wednesday 01/17/24 04:00 PM - 06:30 PM TC.5.04


This course introduces students to heterodox economics. Along with addressing core conceptual issues in defining heterodox economics, we will cover in some detail five heterodox traditions in economics: Marxian Economics, Institutional Economics, Post-Keynesian Economics, Feminist Economics, and Ecological Economics.

First part of the course (online, asynchronous): The first session will introduce students to heterodox economics, mainstream economics and neoclassical economics. The next five sessions are dedicated to one specific heterodox approach. For each of the five approaches, students will map and discuss the core theory and ideas of the approach.

Second part of the course (in person): We will discuss how each of the five schools of thought approaches or understands the climate crisis. We will do so based on student presentations as well as group discussions. During these discussions, students are encouraged to compare each heterodox approach with the others, as well as with the contemporary mainstream. 

By the end of the semester, students should have a clear idea about what heterodox economics is, as well as deeper knowledge about the five schools of thought we will cover in the class. They should be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of all discussed schools of thought, as well as those of contemporary mainstream economics.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should acquire the following learning outcomes:

  • Acquire a profound understanding of heterodox economics
  • Critical reflection of core concepts and themes within comtemporary economics
  • Contextualisation of economic approaches
  • Analysis of economic policies issues, in particular regarding the climate crisis

In addition students should strenghen their discussion and presentation skills as well as their ability to self-dependent learning within this course.

Attendance requirements

You may miss one class without penalty, but each additional class missed will result in the loss of ten points.

Teaching/learning method(s)

weekly online questions and participation, group presentations and individual or group paper

  • weekly online questions and participation (20%),
  • a group presentation (30%),
  • an individual or group paper (you get to choose!) (50%).  

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Recommended previous knowledge and skills

General understanding of the history of economic thought.

Availability of lecturer(s)
Last edited: 2023-10-10