Survey Courses

What follows is a list of undergraduate survey courses in the history of economics. Each link, which contains the name of the instructor, the institution at which the course was offered, and the year the course was offered, takes you directly to the syllabus for the course. Under each link is a brief description of the course. Some courses have, in addition to the syllabus, supplementary materials: writing assignments, bibliographies and handouts on a particular figure or school, exam questions, and the like.

The courses are listed in alphabetical order by the last name of the professor.

Kevin D. Hoover, UC Davis, Fall 2002

This is the second part of a two-part survey course on the history of economics. This part covers the period from the 1870s to the 1930s, from Jevons to Keynes. The syllabus largely consists of essay prompts and "gobbets," brief quotations from economic works that students are expected to identify and comment on.

Kirsten K. Madden, Millersville University, Fall 2001

Readings from Heilbroner's Worldy Philosophers and original sources, especially Smith, Marx, and Keynes. The course as well gives attention to "non-orthodox" thinkers such as Hobson, George, and Veblen.

Michael McLure, University of Western Australia, 2011

This class focuses on the classical tradition (Smith, Ricardo, Mill) and the Lausanne tradition (Walras, Pareto). The required text is Vaggi and Groenewegen, A Concise History of Economic Thought: From Mercantilism to Monetarism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), supplemented with several other readings. Syllabus contains an extensive list of tutorials and essay topics.

Philip Mirowski, University of Notre Dame, Winter 2011

Major sections of the course are as follows: "Should the World Economic Crisis Prompt Us to Rethink the History of Economics?"; "Natural Laws and Social Laws"; "Classical Economics and the Substance Theory of Value"; "Economics as Social Physics: Early Neoclassical Economics"; "How America Got the Orthodoxy It Deserved"; and "The Past as a Glimpse of the Future." Required texts are Backhouse's Puzzle of Modern Economics, Mirowski's More Heat Than Light, and Roncaglia's Wealth of Ideas.

Wendy Rayack, Wesleyan University, 2010-11

Syllabus for an eight-week tutorial. Consists mainly of a list of readings and sources. For assignments, see the supplementary document.