Global Inequality and Economic Institutions in Historical Perspective
- interdisciplinary and broad enough the course will be useful many for students with different backgrounds and interests who want to learn about the origins of contemporary phenomenon of global inequality
- The course will discuss topical methodologies of economic and social history with a particular focus on economic institutions engaging with technological and environmental history.
- give a solid overview of classical and fresh literature discussing the role of economic institutions in human developments and their roles in making and overcoming global inequalities. It will also provide the attendants with the basic knowledge of key events, names, and dates of global economic and technological history in the 17th-21st century.
- Distinguish between different perspectives by drawing on their knowledge of the discipline
- Practice a range of research skills and scientific methods for studying history
- Demonstrate a wide range of generic skills, including skills in communication, information processing, teamwork, critical and creative thinking, computing independent learning
- Take a creative approach to using new and existing technologies for educational purposes
- Introduction to Global Inequalities
- Economic institutions
- Economic Growth in Socialism and Capitalism
- Natural Resources
- Technological Innovations
- Class attendance and Written assignmentsStudents are expected to attend both lectures and seminars, regularly do their homework reading and study according to the lists of sources provided by the lecturer. The resources for this class are the primary sources, research literature, lectures, etc. At seminars, students are expected to take active part in the discussion and demonstrate knowledge of the content of lectures and readings. Seminar discussions are based on the previously given readings, and fragments of sources introduced by the teacher and analyzed collectively by the class. During the course, the students have to prepare questions for the paper discussion and write short summaries of read works. Summaries are graded as part of seminar activities. Attendance and levels of participation in class discussions during the seminars influence the final grade. If the student misses more than 35% of class meetings, additional assignment can be provided. In the end of the course students submit a review essay.
- examThe exam consists of two parts. First, it is taken in the form if written essay of five – seven pages long. The grade for the exam is made both from the essay and discussion of essays held at the final seminars. The theme of the essay must be defined by the student consulting the instructor and must address an aspect related to the course. The instructions for essays are given below. The criteria for evaluation: -quality of research question(s) -intro to the topic -quality of argumentation -conclusions, their logic and strength -novelty (not retelling of literature or well known facts/conclusions) -connection to the theme of the course Second, the discussion of the essays will be held as part of examination. For the exam talk, please, go through your essay once more and also remember/better read works related to the essay you used. I will ask questions based on the evaluation criteria (for example, about the correlation between the essay topic and inequality, etc). The exam can (or cannot, but will not decrease) increase your final grade. Technical requirements: enter the zoom room https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84375185893?pwd=TUk0VWZEOTBhRUlDM1F0NDlqYU91dz09
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.5 * Class attendance and Written assignments + 0.5 * exam
- Harvey, D. (2014). Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=752620
- Hecht, G. (2012). Being nuclear : Africans and the global uranium trade / Gabrielle Hecht. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.38044755X
- Krige, J. (2006). American Hegemony and the Postwar Reconstruction of Science in Europe. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=176844
- Rostow, W. W. (1991). The Stages of Economic Growth. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.cup.cbooks.9780521400701
- Sanchez-Sibony, O. (2014). Red Globalization : The Political Economy of the Soviet Cold War From Stalin to Khrushchev. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=696274
- White, E. (2003). Kwame Nkrumah: Cold War Modernity, Pan-African Ideology and the Geopolitics of Development. Geopolitics, 8(2), 99–124. https://doi.org/10.1080/714001035