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040238 UK The History of Economics as Conjectures and Refutations (BA) (2021S)

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

until further notive all meetings will be held online

Thursday 04.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 11.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim, Content and Method of the Course
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the history of economic ideas on an introductory level. Although historical this course is analytical as economic theories are regarded as suggested solutions to particular problems. Accordingly, the history of economic ideas is discussed in terms of problem situations, problems, and solutions and not in terms of psychological influences. Much emphasis will be placed on problems regarding the explanatory power of economic theories and that scientific progress in economics is adequately described as a development process of conjectures and refutations. Diligent students will learn to make sense and evaluate the theoretical and historical background, as well as the achievements and main criticisms of important economic theories developed in the 19th and 20th century.

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

About 4 question sets will be distributed and students are required to hand in answers to questions in writing. Students have to attend the course on a regular basis and contribute in a lively manner to discussions at all classes, for instance, by presenting their answers. By the end of the course students have to make an individual appointment and discuss their work with me; the final grade to be awarded will be jointly determined.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Evaluation and Rewards
In order to complete that course successfully students are required to discuss all questions in writing and to present their answers in lively 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

Areas of Examinations
Problem situations, problems and solutions discussed in the course.

Reading list

Basic literature
Selected chapters from
Mark Blaug, Economic Theory in Retrospect, Cambridge 1974 (3rd edition) and later editions.
Literature supplementing this reference will be announced in due course.
Necessary literature will be provided on moodle.

Association in the course directory

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