Economic History

Module code: ECON 2547

Module description

The module draws on the foundation of economic principles established in Level 4 but represents an application of economic ideas to the past, in order to understand how and why economies change, and how economic thought develops and is influenced by its historical context.

Given the potential chronological and geographical scope the module could address, it is necessary to limit the focus to a range of significant periods. The primary country of interest is the UK, but some aspects necessarily require a broader geographical scope at points. There is a general chronological progression to the module's content, but with focus on some specific periods and aspects. Example areas the module addresses include the industrial revolution, technological change, international financial institutions, privatisation and inequality.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 22 hours
  • Tutorials: 8 hours


  • Reflective commentaries on case studies (6x 200 words - approx. 1200 words): 50%
  • Exam (60 mins): 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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