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040280 SE Seminar Economic History (BA) (2019W)

Governance of monetary cooperation and monetary union

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



max. 40 participants
Language: German



Freitag 18.10. 16:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Samstag 19.10. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Freitag 22.11. 16:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Samstag 23.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Freitag 29.11. 16:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Samstag 30.11. 09:45 - 14:45 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Freitag 17.01. 16:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Samstag 18.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course delivers an overview on central processes of monetary integration and disintegration in the post-Napoleonic era with a focus on governance structures.

Course outline:
Monetary theory and monetary economics and definitions (silver and gold standard, bi-metallism, flexible and fixed exchange rates, optimal currency area, Triffin paradox.
Monetary cooperation and unions in post-Napoleonic Europe
From Silver to Gold.
Breakdown of the gold standard in early 20th century, implementation and predominance of paper money, inflation and an episode of gold standard between the two world wars.
Bretton Woods era
On the way to the Euro zone.
Monetary outcomes of the breakdown of the Commecon.
Monetary integration outside of Europe.

Assessment and permitted materials

Term paper and presentation, and regular attendance, of course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Term papers can be written in German, English and French.
Genaue Hinweise zur Abfassung einer Seminararbeit finden sich im Moodle-Ordner.
Guidelines for term papers are available in Moodle.

Course presentation 30 %
Term paper 60 %
Regular attendance 10 %


0-49 Punkte = nicht bestanden
50-66 = 4,0
67-77 = 3,0
78-89 = 2,0
90-100 = 1,0

Examination topics

Term paper and presentation of a topic of the course. The topics can are available in the Moddle-file of this course.

Reading list

seminar script:
Chown, John: A History of Monetary Unions. London - New York2003.
Eichengreen, Barry: Globalizing Capital. Princeton, NJ1996.
Polster, Werner: Europäische Währungsintegration. Von der Zahlungsunion zur Währungsunion. Marburg 2002.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 24.09.2019 10:47