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ECO1019 : Economic History

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Barlow
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To develop an understanding of how the economy has changed from the pre-industrial era to the modern day, and how economic thought has evolved over the same period.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 Economic History: The pre-industrial economy, the industrial revolution, the great divergence. History of thought: Classical economics, Socialist Economics, marginalists.

Semester 2 topics include market failure and the great debate, unemployment and inflation, trade, cross border production, international finance, financial crises, development. History of thought: Keynes, Imperfect competition.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1132:00132:00Made up of independent study and seminar preparation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials provide the essential overview of the subject matter. Reading list, guided reading and seminars encourage students to explore various issues and topics in both economic history and the history of thought and the interaction between the two.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A7024hr online exam if needed
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M302000 word essay
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPart of a first semester assessment Q&A will give feedback on mock assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam tests students’ breadth of knowledge of Economic History and History of Economic Thought.

The essay in semester 1 tests students ability to use library resources to write more detailed answers than required in the exam.

Reading Lists