History of Economic Thought

Course Name: 
History of Economic Thought
Course Instructor: 
Wendy Rayak
Course Date: 
2011
Institution: 
Wesleyan University
Course Outlines: 
Writing Assignments: 
Type of Course: 
Survey
Course Level: 
Beginner
Notes: 
Over the 8-week period, we compare several competing analytic systems including the following: Scholastic economics, mercantilism, Physiocracy, classical economics, Marxism, neoclassical analysis, Keynesianism, monetarism and the Austrian school. These approaches to economic analysis both reflect and illuminate the economic and social problems which constitute the Western experience of the past three centuries. Major readings draw from Mun, Smith, Hume, Ricardo, Malthus, Bentham, J.S. Mill, Marx, Jevons, Veblen, Keynes, Schumpeter, Hayek, Friedman, Tobin, and Sen. Throughout the course, we use contemporary articles to illustrate modern-day versions of the historical debates. The course material is designed to provide a fuller context for what you learn in politics, history, and social theory while also deepening your intuitive understanding of contemporary economic theory.
Time Period Covered: 
pre-1600
1600-1870
1870-1945
post-1945