Archive for January 2nd, 2013

Why and how to teach history of economic thought..

January 2, 2013

An excellent paper by Avi J. Cohen of York University and Center Ross Emmett of  Michigan State University.

This blog has discussed why to teach econ history many times..The paper also adds on how to teach and build a syllabus for the subject:

This draft chapter for the Elgar International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics is intended to give advice to instructors who might be teaching a history of economic thought course to undergraduates for the first time or who have perhaps been teaching for a while but would like to refresh their courses.

We sketch the history of courses in the history of economic thought, the expanding scope and research activity in the field, and offer suggestions and resources for a one-semester course. We suggest learning objectives for organizing the course, and discuss supplementary teaching goals (multidisciplinary scholarship and reading/writing instruction) and teaching challenges (time constraints and selection of readings). Our emphasis is on helping students understand economics – past and present –as historically produced knowledge.

The authors numerous online resources and also help build an outline for such a course.

Very useful reading…

Comparing European Union to Habsburg Monarchy

January 2, 2013

European crisis has led to many interesting comparisons with history. If anything, it has helped one understand and compare many historical events and movements with the European crisis.

Here is another super article by Richard Cooper comparing the European union to Habsburg Monarchy:


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