Courses NonDegree Display 2020-2021

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Course title History of Economic Thought
Course code EBC2153
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessment Whole/Half Grades
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
5 12-4-2021 28-5-2021 X X
Level Advanced
Coordinator Kristof Bosmans, Giulia Piccillo
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The course has various objectives. First of all, it enables the student to understand the history of their field of study, economics. Second, it gives the student another chance to learn about economics, to see how economic theories have been developing and how they are improved upon (and sometimes are not). Third, it shows the student how theories fit into the proper historical and economic context. Economics is a social science and therefore adapts to the current issues and needs within society. Fourth, the course gives the student the opportunity to learn from the greatest thinkers of economic science. How did they see the world and how did they analyze the economic problems they were faced with? Finally, the course improves critical thinking by setting past and current economic theories in their proper perspective.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT METHOD(S) USED IN THIS COURSE IS WITH RESERVATION. THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE IS BASED ON THE COURSE SETUP PRIOR TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE CRISIS, COURSE COORDINATORS MAY BE FORCED TO CHANGE THE TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS USED. THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEACHING/ASSESSMENT METHOD(S) WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE COURSE SYLLABUS. The course History of Economic Thought gives the student a broad overview of the history of economics as a science. We will visit the major schools of economic thought and many of the greatest economic thinkers in history. We will study their contributions, taking into account the proper historical context. The course will emphasize not only the strengths of the theories, but also their deficiencies and the various ways in which other economists have dealt with these deficiencies.

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Knowledge and understanding of first year and second year microeconomics and macroeconomics (intermediate level).
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Papers
Assessment methods Participation / Written Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Bachelor Economics and Business Economics - Economics Year 3 Economics Elective(s)
Bachelor Economics and Business Economics - Emerging Markets Year 3 Elective Course(s)
Bachelor Fiscal Economics Year 3 Elective Course(s)
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