EHMCT-Current Themes in Economic History Research

Module Provider: Centre for Economic History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Antony Moore


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module introduces students to key current debates within the field of economic history, drawing on the active research interests of members of faculty.


This module aims to familiarise students with a variety of themes and research questions in economic history, to encourage them to think about the differing concerns and approaches used by economic historians in different areas, and to explore the ways in which economic history research in different areas has developed and changed over time. The module uses a wide variety of case studies presented by members of faculty and/or invited external guest speakers drawing on their own research specialisms. 

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
•Engage with different disciplines, methods, and conceptual approaches within economic history research and practice
•Discuss in detail changing methods, conceptual approaches, and key themes within the historiography of a specific case study or type of economic history.
•Articulate the value of different approaches, including interdisciplinary approaches, to the study of economic history
•Critically assess the impact of primary sources on the practice of different types of history

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the students’ effectiveness in group situations.

Outline content:

The module will introduce the students to a variety of current themes that are of  interest to economic historians, chosen according to the specialisms of the research staff. An introductory seminar will examine the ways in which economic history combines the methodologies of history and economy, and examine several of the key areas of research in economic history. The following weekly seminars will discuss current themes in economic history, ranging from the Ancient World to nowadays, and covering a variety of topics, including trade, finance, modernisation, entrepreneurship, etc. Each seminar will focus on a particular theme chosen to illuminate the nature and problems of a particular type of economic history. Over the course as a whole, students will analyse primary sources, secondary literature, and methodological and theoretical material. 

Global context:

The particular seminars vary from year to year but frequently cover case studies relating to different countries or issues of global relevance.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course is taught through seminars involving readings of primary and secondary material relating to case studies in particular theme sin economic history, in addition to readings on conceptual, historiographical or methodological questions as appropriate. Where appropriate, seminars will be jointly taught by two members of staff, focusing on different case studies or concerns, to encourage students to engage with multiple approaches and to question the relationship between disciplines within history and particular methods or approaches.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The module will be assessed by one essay of 4,000 words (excluding endnotes/footnotes and bibliography) to be submitted by week 1 of the Spring Term.

Formative assessment methods:

Students will develop their ideas and receive formative feedback from faculty and their peers during the seminars.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
A further essay of 4,000 words to be submitted by 1 September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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