Universität Wien FIND

040115 UK A History of Economic Ideas and Methodological Positions (BA) (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: English

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 17.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 24.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 31.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 07.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 14.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 28.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 05.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 12.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 09.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 16.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 23.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Thursday 30.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 8 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims and Content
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the history of economic thought. Although historically oriented, this course is mainly analytical and discusses the development of economic ideas by analyzing problem situations, problems and proposed solutions as well as resulting controversies. However, this course also investigates methodological and epistemological positions since the attempt to find satisfactory solutions for open problems in economic theory frequently resulted in methodological debates such as discussions regarding the satisfactory structure of social science explanations. Diligent students will learn to make sense of and evaluate the historical background as well as the performance of theories, the main criticisms and later developments of those controversies which implicitly still cover much ground in temporary discussions.
Methods
Teaching consists of one unbroken 90-minute seminar; discussion of different text passages which have to be prepared on the basis of questions distributed in advance for every meeting; presentation and discussion of answers for every meeting.

Assessment and permitted materials

students are required to hand in written answers to questions distributed in advance to every meeting; they are also required to present their answers at one particular meeting and contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to complete that course students are required to discuss all questions in writing and to present their answers at one particular meeting; they also are required to contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes. The quality of answers will be evaluated on the basis of completeness, clarity of argument, logical reasoning and precision. Answers have to be formulated in complete sentences and are not acceptable if stated in keywords only.

Examination topics

Problem situations, problems and solutions discussed in the course.

Reading list

Principal literature: selected chapters from:
REIß Winfried, Mikroökonomische Literatur, Oldenbourg 2007
G. ACKLEY, Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy, New York, 1978/79
M. BLAUG, Economic Theory in Retrospect, Cambridge 1978 (und spätere Auflagen)
K.R. POPPER, Das Elend des Historizismus, J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), Tübingen 1969 (und spätere Auflagen). (Poverty of Historicism; any edition will do)
K.R. POPPER, Logik der Forschung, J.C.B Mohr (Paul Siebeck) Tübingen 1984 8. Aflg.,( und spätere Auflagen) sec 12-18 und 1 – 11. (Logic of Scientific Discovery; any edition will do)
selected chapters and supplementary readings will be announced in due course.

Association in the course directory

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