HISTORY 282 - A History of the Economy
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

When historians study the economy they are interested in far more than the development of institutions like banks or stock markets, far more than the changes over time in indices of productivity or wealth. Instead, we want to understand how the very concept of a “stock” came to be, or how different people have understood the meaning of “productivity” in different times and places. The foundational premise of any good historical study of the economy is that this topic cannot be reduced to universalistic formulas, valid always and everywhere.

This course will teach you how the economies that we know today were created, exploring the complicated stories behind the values, social norms, power relations, and unstated assumptions that constitute economic life. We will shift back and forth from the macro level (examining long-term patterns and trends and grand economic theories) and the micro level (studying our everyday practices regarding things like money, jobs, or consumption). We will also go beyond the study of capitalist economics, exploring as well the socialist systems of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The readings for this class will consist mostly of primary sources, including the writings of famous economists, political manifestos dealing with economic policies, and first-hand accounts from workers, business-owners, merchants, bankers, union activists, and more.

Course Requirements:

Weekly quizzes, participation in an on-line discussion forum, required reading assignments with the Perusall annotation system, weekly in-person discussion sections

Intended Audience:

This class is appropriate for everyone; no previous study of economics or economic history required

Class Format:

Lectures will be recorded and available on Canvas to be viewed at your convenience. There will be no high-stakes midterm or final exams; instead there will be quizzes attached to each set of lectures and readings. Reading assignments will be posted online using the “Perusall” system, allowing you to comment on the texts, read and respond to each other’s observations, and pose questions to classmates and the professor. The class will include discussion sections.

Schedule

HISTORY 282 - A History of the Economy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
33081
Open
73
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
33082
Open
2
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
33084
Open
1
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
33086
Open
13
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
34044
Open
2
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
34045
Open
6
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
34046
Open
4
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
014 (DIS)
 In Person
34050
Open
9
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
016 (DIS)
 In Person
35056
Closed
0
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
018 (DIS)
 In Person
35058
Open
9
10LSA Hnrs
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W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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