Monday, August 16, 2010

Preliminary Syllabus: History of Economic Thought

Course Theme: The Idea of Economics

September 5 - September 11
• Course Overview and Aristotle: Economics as Household Management

September 12 - September 18
• Hebrew and Medieval Christian Views on Economics

September 19 - September 25
• Bacon on Society as a Productive Enterprise; The Rise of Mercantilism

September 26 - October 2
• Smith Responds to the Mercantilists: Economics as the Science of National Wealth
• Book Reading: Chapter I of Barber
• Smith: Of the Division of Labourfile

October 3 - October 9
• The Creation of the Classical Consensus: Malthus, Ricardo and Mill
• Book reading: Chapters II, III and IV of Barber

October 10 - October 16
• Bentham, Comte, and the Science of Society

October 17 - October 23
• Responses to Classical Economics: Marx and Veblen
• Book reading: Part II Intro and Chapter V of Barber

October 24 - October 30
• The Marginal Revolution: Menger, Jevons, Walras and Economics as the Science of Choice
• Book reading: Chapter VII of Barber

October 31 - November 6
• Marshall and the Neoclassical Synthesis
• Book reading: Chapter VI of Barber

November 7 - November 13
• Keynes: The Economist as Social Therapist
• Book reading: Intro to Part IV and Chapter VIII of Barber

November 14 - November 20
• Mises and Hayek: Economic Activity as a Discovery Process
• Hayek: Economics and Knowledgefile
• Mises: A First Analysis of the Category of Action: Ends and Meansfile

November 21 - November 27
• Post-war Neoclassical Economics: Economics as Mathematical Modeling
• Friedman: Positive Economics

November 28 - December 4
• Heterodox Approaches: Austrian, Critical Realist, Evolutionary, and Post-Keynesian

December 5 - December 11
• Review


  1. Where's the section on Robert P Murphy?

  2. John, that would be the second-to-last week.

  3. Hello,
    Where will you be teaching this at?

  4. Hey, Mister, what business is that of yours?

    (Ha! That's a joke -- because your login is "Mister"!)

    SUNY Purchase.


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