ECON 3509 - International Economic History III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The course surveys the evolution of the international economy from the industrial revolution until today, focusing on topics which are relevant to an understanding of current economic issues. The distinguishing feature of the course is analysis of long-run phenomena such as sustained economic growth or the impact of economic institutions which have long-lasting effects. The topics covered typically include international trade, finance and migration, differences in national rates of economic growth, economic and financial crises as well as globalisation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 3509
    Course International Economic History III
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ECON 3030
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 2506 & ECON 2507
    Assessment Typically tutorial work, essay, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Florian Ploeckl

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Understand the main concepts used to explain the historical development of the global economy and the factors affecting growth in the short and long-run
    2 Select and apply the appropriate economic tools and methods to analyse historical episodes and understand the main advantages and disadvantages of the respective approaches
    3 Identify and analyse historical developments relevant to a deeper understanding of contemporary economic conditions
    4 Identify and critically review the relevant literature, synthesize the central arguments and critically evaluate their relative merits
    5 To discuss and communicate, in particular present, economic topics in a clear, concise and competent manner
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a reading-intensive course, and you are expected to read widely following your own initiative. All of the required readings are available from the Barr-Smith Library either electronically or in hard copy. If you are uncertain about how to access online articles, e-books or other materials you should take the BSL Online Discovery Tour at If a book is on loan, place a recall and the book should be available within a week This is important for BSL staff to judge demand; if there are multiple requests for a book, the library will take action to increase availability.

    There is no official text book for this course. A list of required reading material as well as recommendations will be made available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The following readings are intended as references, especially if you are concerned about gaps in your background.

    Historical Background:
    Richard Pomfret: The Age of Equality: the Twentieth Century in Economic Perspective (Belknap 2011)
    Jeffry Frieden: Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (Norton, 2006)

    Economics Background:
    This is a level III subject and background in intermediate micro and macro theory is assumed. The course also has a strong emphasis on international themes. If you are not familiar with the following analytical tools, these readings will help:

    Economic Growth:
    o less technical -- R. Pomfret: Development Economics, (Prentice Hall 1997, Uof Adelaide 2000)
    o more advanced -- R. Barro and X. Sala-i-Martin Economic Growth (McGraw Hill, 1995; 2nd ed. MIT Press, 2003)

    International Trade and Finance:
    o R. Feenstra and A. Taylor, International Economics or P. Krugman and M. Obstfeld, International Economics
    o R. Pomfret, Lecture Notes on International Trade Theory and Policy (World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore, 2008).

    Online Learning

    This course will make use of MyUni. Lecture slides, recordings and additional material will be posted through this system.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is a reading Economics course which focuses on communicating economic ideas in written, visual and oral forms.

    There are two main teaching activities, a weekly lecture and biweekly workshops:
    The lectures focus on key issues and ideas, introducing the main concepts used in Economic History.
    The workshops build upon the material introduced in the lectures as well as readings and deepen the understanding through a focus on the communication the central ideas, concepts, arguments and evidence. Various forms of communicating and presenting economic materical will be covered.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that, for this course, you are expected to commit approxmately 12 hours per week including lectures and workshops
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture                                        Topic
    Week 1 Industrial Revolution
    Week 2 First Globalization (Trade & Migration)
    Week 3 First Globalization (Technology & Money)
    Week 4 Interwar Economies
    Week 5 The Great Depression
    Week 6 Post-War Reconstruction and International Integration
    Week 7 Development strategies and the shocks of the 1970's
    Week 8 Midterm
    Week 9 (Post-) Communisms: Rise, Fall, Transitions and Reunification
    Week 10 China & Asian development
    Week 11 The conservative revival of the 1980's
    Week 12 Special Topic
    Although this list of lecture topics is preliminary, no major changes are expected
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The workshops are designed to be Small Group Discovery sessions. The focus of these sessions is for students to practically focus on communicating outcomes of the research process. Each workshop will be dedicated to one particular form of communication (for example posters, wikis, maps, etc). A central part of these sessions is a practical experience, students will be asked to cooperate in small groups (app. 5 students per group) to apply a particular communication method to the material covered in the lectures prior to the workshop.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Midterm 30%
    Project work 30%
    Report 30%
    Workshop Participation 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Due to the nature of Economic History and the reading/writing/communication intensity of this course the quality of English expression is considered to be an integral part of the assessment and may affect the mark.
    Assessment Detail

    Midterm Exam
    The midterm exam is currently scheduled as an in-class exam during the lecture in week 8 and will cover the material of the preceeding weeks.

    Project Work
    Students have to complete one individual assignment relating to the group projects during the workshops.

    This report is a written assignment covering the material of the whole course.

    Workshop Participation
    There are six biweekly workshops. The first is an introductory meeting which will be used to familiarize students with the format and expectations of the workshops. The following five workshops are each covering the material introduced during the lectures in the preceeding two weeks and focus on one particular method of communicating research.

    Student participation will be graded starting with the second workshop. The final participation mark is then based on the best 4 out of 5 workshop participation grades.

    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct. The School adheres strictly to the University’s policies on examination and assessment. The University’s Policies on Assessment, including plagiarism and other forms of cheating, can be found at: - Plagiarism - Cheating
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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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