Universität Wien

180037 VO The Story of Economic Ideas: Macroeconomic theories (2023S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie

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Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 02.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 09.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 16.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 23.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 30.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 20.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 04.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 11.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 25.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 01.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 15.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 22.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Friday 23.06. 15:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 16 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this lecture is to introduce students to the development of macroeconomic ideas. Although historically oriented, this lecture is mainly analytical and discusses the development of macroeconomic ideas by analysing 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.

Assessment and permitted materials

Teaching consists in one unbroken 90-minute seminar. Students are invited to prepare for each lecture on the basis of selected readings distributed in advance of every lecture.

Rewards and Requirements

In order to pass this course successfully students have to pass a final written exam consisting of two questions to be prepared at home, previous to the exam date and one supplementary question to be answered at the exam date. All answers to all questions have to be handed in at the end of the exam. Auxiliary material is permitted. The quality of answers will be evaluated on the basis of content, completeness, clarity of argument, and logical reasoning and precision. Answers have to be formulated in complete sentences and are not acceptable if stated in keywords only.

Note that present study rules require that students have to be registered for this course as well as for particular exams dates on u:space. Dates of exams will be provided in due course. In case of digital oral examinations students accept the following requirements and rules: (i) students are required to show their student cards for proving their identity. (ii) the usual rules apply regarding the number and requirements of entrances for examinations; examination dates regarding first, second, third and fourth entrances will differ. (iii) By registering for this
course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final written examination will be based on four written answers. Correct answers will be evaluated with 5 points. Grades are awarded on the following basis:
below 10 points: ‘negative’ (5)
10 to 11,99 points: ‘sufficient’ (4)
12 to 14,99 points: ‘satisfactory’ (3)
15 to 17,99 points: ‘good’ (2)
18 to 20 points: ‘excellent’ (1)

Examination topics

problems, problem situations and suggested solutions discussed in the lecture.

Reading list

Selections from:
M. BLAUG, Economic Theory in Retrospect, Cambridge 1978 (and later editions)
Karl R. Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Hutchinson, London 1959 (first English edition; later editions are published by Routledge); secs: 1 18; any edition can be read.
Karl R. Popper, The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge, Routledge, London 2011
Karl R. Popper, The Poverty of Historicism, Routledge Kegan & Paul, London 1957 (first English edition; later editions are published by Routledge) any edition can be read.
Selected chapters and supplementary readings will be announced in due course.

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