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UOSM2036 Topics in Economic History

Module Overview

The module is a history module taught by the Economics department. It provides an interdisciplinary and non-mathematical approach to the study of British economic development. Key economic concepts will be introduced, but no prior knowledge of economics is assumed. NOTE: This course is different to standard Economics courses. It does not use advanced economic models or statistical methods. It is similar to History modules. This is because it is taught alongside UOSM2036 which is open to non-Economics students. It does not cover modern Economic History such as the Twentieth Century. The course will, like all history courses, require students to consider how historians deal with evidence. There is an optional field trip to Hampshire Record Office. Students will use historical databases as part of their online coursework. The course is taught alongside USOM2036. Students can choose to work with UOSM2036 students if they wish.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the study of economic history. It assumes no prior knowledge of economics or mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary course which allows students to critically evaluate when, and if, standard economic models are appropriate for understanding historical events. Key topics include slavery; historical statistics and Malthusianism.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key ideas in the history of economic thought
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key debates in economic history
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how economic history is linked to social history
  • Use practical archival skills including document handling
  • Use historical databases effectively
  • Critically evaluate academic texts on economic history

Syllabus

Introduction to the module Essay writing Archival training Economic models: the Black Death Whig History Enclosure Slavery Copperopolis Women's Economic History Early Poor Relief Cottage Industries and Factories Unions Cottonopolis Revision

Special Features

A optional field trip to a Record Office in Hampshire. Students can decide to opt out of this and instead write an individual essay. Students make their own way to the Record Office and can leave when they wish to. Students who have issues with mobility will be able to follow alternative routes around the site. The Record Office is easily accessible. The optional fieldtrip to the Record Office requires students to organise their own travel. There is a free bus between Highfield and the Winchester School of Art. There is no fee to enter the Record Office or to obtain a CARN card for repeated visits. There is no fee for simply making notes by hand. If students wish to photography or photocopy materials, the Record Office does charge. Optional fees: A fee of £12.50 for a day's photography permit. All the information about optional charges is on the Record Office website. Visit to Special Collections in the Hartley Library. This is accessible to all students as there is a lift. This module is taught alongside UOSM2036 and students from ECON1015 may do a joint project with UOSM students if they wish.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There will be 24 lectures. There are no seminars. Students will be able to access a range of online resources including videos and training materials. They will be able to attend an archival skills training session. There will be an optional self-guided trip to a Record Office (the students can choose when to visit). Students will be able to choose whether to work individually or whether to work in a group (for some components). If students visit the Record Office, they will follow a structured programme of activities which they can do in their own time. This may be done individually or as part of a group. If students do not wish to go to the Record Office, they must submit an essay of 2000 words on a set economic history question. Any group work set may be done as an individual piece. Groups may be composed of students from both ECON1015 and UOSM2036.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other library support required. • Special Collections training • Training in referencing methods

Teaching space, layout and equipment required. Large lecture hall needed as the lectures must accommodate UOSM2036 and ECON1015 students

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 15%
Examination  (2 hours) 75%
Multiple choice Test 10%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

This module should not be available to Economics students in any year of study. Hence ECON2003 is an anti-requisite. ECON1015 and UOSM2036 are a barred combination.

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Field Trips

Optional trip to Record Office There is a free bus between Highfield and WSA

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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