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Global Economic History

The course deepens the students’ knowledge in Economic History based on long-term perspectives on economic growth, inequality, reproduction, environment, money and labor.

The course comprises four parts in which every part is equivalent to 3,75 ECTS: the antiquity and medieval times, the early modern period, the long 19th century, and the period after 1914. The students are introduced to both recent Swedish and global research in economic history, written sources from and historical data bases on the different time periods. The course illuminates, among other issues, why the world is divided into rich and poor countries, the impact of population growth on living standards and the environment, the economic roots to the gendered division of labor and class division, and how the international monetary system has developed since antiquity.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. Attendance to seminars is mandatory. In order to pass the course, students must receive the grade E or higher on all examinations, complete all mandatory assignments and meet the attendance requirement. Absence from a seminar is compensated with a complementary assignment. A maximum of three seminars can be compensated with a complementary assignment, if this condition is exceeded the student is required to re-take the course in order to get a final grade. The language of instruction is English.


    The course assessment consists of participation in mandatory seminar discussions, and through written assignments.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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