1995 Economic History
Laura Wurm, B.S.,M.Sc.,Ph.D., Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Lampe
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
10/24/23 to 10/26/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
This class is only offered in winter semesters.
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Friday 11/03/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07
Friday 11/10/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07
Friday 11/17/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07
Friday 11/24/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07
Friday 12/01/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07
Friday 12/15/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07
Friday 12/22/23 04:00 PM - 07:15 PM TC.3.07

Why should we study economic history? This course argues that economic history is relevant for managers, decision-makers 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 from a global perspective (c.f. for example Sessions 2, 3, 6 and 7 below).
Second, often we observe that events in the past have long-lasting persistent effects that continue to play a large role today: a firm understanding of the channels behind this persistence is thus crucial to understand our
current world (c.f. for example Sessions 1, 4 and 5 below). Third, economic history provides a huge arsenal of events and policies that researchers in business, management and economics can draw upon to test modern
theory with regard to its empirical validity (this applies to some extent to all sessions below).


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will have gained an informed and critical perspective on economic history and which forced have shaped socioeconomic development over time. Students will be able to recognize the significance and contribution of historical experiences and interpretations to their field of study, as well as to the understanding of current economic interactions and structures. Students will have engaged with important economic-historical events and the essential questions and topics that have shaped and influenced the global economy since 1800. They will also acquire a fundamental understanding of the methods and approaches of economic history and economics as a scientific discipline, including how quantitative methods are applied to the study of history.

Attendance requirements

Continuous assessment courses (PI) are high-interactive courses. Attendance is a firm requirement of this course, as many of the learning experiences take place during class and through interactions with peers. Students should come to each class prepared to discuss the assigned readings and to actively participate in class activities and discussion. Students are asked to be respectful of the classroom environment and the time of the instructor and other students. Surfing the Internet, text messaging, and other similar disruptions to the class will have an impact on the participation component of your grade.

Students must be present for at least 80% of the scheduled sessions. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirement will be de-registered from the course. According to WU regulations, valid reasons for missing scheduled sessions are those outside the control of the student (illness, accident, death of a close relative). Professional and work obligations are not valid reasons, as students have the course schedule in advance and should be able to plan accordingly.

Teaching/learning method(s)

This course will consist of four core elements. First, for each session there is a lecture component on the larger topic of the session. Second, there will be presentations by teams of students (groups of  3) and subsequent plenary discussions of the presentation questions/topics. Third, students will have to write three short summary notes of presentation topics. Fourth, there will be a final essay one one of the broader topics introduced by the lecturers. 

Before the first session, a detailed syllabus with topics, literature, and requirements for short essays and the final paper will be provided to participants of the course on Learn@WU. This syllabus will also explain the procedure for the allocation of students to presentation topics, short essays, and the final paper.

1. Presentation: 30%
2. Short essays/summary notes: 15%
3. active participation in the sessions: 15%
4. Final essay: 40%

As part of the course, performance is required in all four assessment components; otherwise, the course is considered incomplete. The use of any kind of AI-based software (e.g. ChatGPT, Bard etc.) is prohibited for examinations and performance components of this course and is considered to be fraudulent or cheating, since there would be a pretense of scientific achievements.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Positive Absolvierung der LV „Einführung in das Management“


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Availability of lecturer(s)

Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte
Markus Lampe
Laura Wurm

Unit details
Unit Date Contents

Überblick: Wirtschaftsgeschichte und langfristige Wirtschaftsentwicklung


Institutionen, Eliten und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung


Kultur, Religion und Entwicklung


Bildung, demographischer Übergang, und Migration


Geographie, Bodenschätze und Imperialismus


Weltwirtschaftskrise, Geldpolitik und Bankenrettung


Globalisierung, Handel und Protektionismus

Last edited: 2023-08-11