International Economic History from 1750 to the Present

SAM12 International Economic History from 1750 to the Present

Spring 2019

Autumn 2019
  • Topics


    The main theme of the course is the development of the world economy, focusing on international flows of goods, labour and capital, as well as the factors underlying this development, for instance the development of a modern system of production and the establishment of domestic and international institutions.

    The course deals with three periods, focusing on economic development and international integration, highlighting similarities and differences based on economic variables.

  • Learning outcome

    The candidate:

    Should have knowledge about and an understanding of the international economic development process in the last 200-250 years.

    • Should specifically be able to analyse in an economic context differences and similarities between different periods.
    • Should show the practical and historical application of the theories used in other courses.
    • Should master relevant scholarly tools, techniques and forms of communication.
    • Should be able to communicate important academic subject matters such as theories and problems in writing and orally.

  • Teaching

    Mostly plenary lectures. Several cases will be discussed. A written assignment is required to be able to take the exam.

  • Required prerequisites

    No requirements needed. Students with previous courses in economics will be able to use some ot their knowledge. Students in an early phase of their studies will have introductions to relevant theoretical concepts.

  • Requirements for course approval

    A written assignment

  • Assessment

    A written three hour exam, where the candidate may choose between essay-assignments.

  • Grading Scale


  • Computer tools

    No computer requirements

  • Literature

    M. Graff, A.G. Kenwood & A.L. Lougheed, The growth of the international economy 1820-2015, London (Routledge) 2013 (5. utgave).

    R. Cameron & L. Neal, A Concise Economic History of the World: From Paleolithic Times to the Present, New York (Oxford University Press) 2002. Kapittel 1 og kapitlene 6 til 16.

    Historical cases, Harvard Business School.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language
Norwegian and English. In the autum semester 2018 the course will be taught in English only.

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2018

Course responsible

Professor Liam Brunt, Department of Economics