Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Professor Gary Magee


This unit will introduce students to the field of long-run economic growth and performance. Two key questions are addressed: why do certain economies persistently perform more successfully than others, and how is leadership in the global economy achieved and maintained? Students completing this unit will be able to explain and describe the pattern of long-term economic growth, leadership and decline in the world economy since the industrial revolution; evaluate the role of culture, institutions and the environment in economic change; and apply the methods of historical economics to contemporary economic debates.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. evaluate critically contrasting views about the determinants of long-run economic change
  2. analyse the processes of long-term economic growth and decline
  3. analyse a variety of different approaches, including the historical and institutional, that can be used to supplement traditional economic analysis and policy making
  4. explain and analyse the main issues and debates in the field of historical economics
  5. explain and describe the main contours of the development of the world economy
  6. better contextualize and analyse contemporary economic events.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

36 hours per semester