A Historical Introduction to the World Economy

Mahidol University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    A Historical Introduction to the World Economy

  • Host University

    Mahidol University

  • Location

    Bangkok, Thailand

  • Area of Study

    Economics, History, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description:

    International trade up to c.1450. The creation of a world economy in the 16thC. The Commercial Revolution and the development of capitalism up to c.1800. The Industrial Revolution and its global impact. Technology and societal transformation. Changes in the nature of industrial production and business enterprise. The economic role of primary producers. World War I, the post-war boom, and the Great Depression. Classical economics and Keynesianism. Soviet and Fascist economic experiments. World War II. Economic development and technology since 1945. International trade and finance. Multi-nationals. Globalization.

    Course Goals:

    • Understand the development of world economy from feudalism to globalization, different economic theories and discourses in the economy.
    • Understand contemporary debate on the world economy.

    Objectives of development/revision:

    To revise the course in the light of contemporary understanding

    Expected outcome of students’ skill and knowledge:

    Students are expected to understand the development of the world economy from feudalism to globalization, different economic theories and discourses in the economy and contemporary debates on the world economy

    Teaching Methods:

    Lecture, Powerpoint, audio and video materials, in class seminar discussion based on readings.

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