Courses given by EHFF
An understanding of changes and developments in the present requires a global historical perspective. The first part of this course provides the students with a comparative perspective on economic development. The second part provides the students with an understanding of the evolution of economic thought, with special emphasis on what is today macroeconomics, trade theory and finance.
This course will provide the student with different historical perspectives on economic development. More concretely, the course can be divided in two parts. In the first part, we study the economic history of the world, and analyze the driving forces of growth, stagnation and crisis. The second part is theoretical, where we study the evolution of economic thought in historical perspective. The student will learn how economic thought has developed over time, from ancient China to modern Europe, and how it relates to economic development. The student will also be acquainted with original texts by scholars such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, J.M. Keynes and Milton Friedman.
The course is designed to give a theoretical foundation for analyzing and understanding three main topics in relation to economic development and change, both in the past and in the present:
1) A broad understanding of the history of economic development.
2) A broad understanding of the history of economic thought.
3) An understanding of how society´s historical and institutional development has shaped - and was shaped by - economic theorizing of man.
Course 767: Applied History
Nobody can understand the present without a keen understanding of the past. After all, history is all we have to go on in providing the resources for making sense of the world we live in. Successful policymakers often understand this and turn a view of the past to their advantage in interpreting the present. They understand how any good strategy is grounded in a sound view of history.
This course aims at highlighting the importance of history for our understanding of the age we live in. It is devised to teach students the many ways in which a deep historical understanding can expand their knowledge of contemporary policy issues in economics and politics.
The course runs for the entire academic year and is only open as an electives course for ten third year students at SSE who are not on ecxhange programs outside of Europe. Teachers include scholars from King’s College in London, Cambridge University and Harvard University. During the academic year there will be three teaching occasions (one in the fall, two in the spring). These compulsory teaching occasions are expected to last about three to four days each (two days of teaching and seminars) and will take in place in Sweden, the U.K (Cambridge University) and the US (Harvard University).
Course 7311: Financial and Business History
The purpose of the course in Financial and Business History - is in addition to provide the student with the tools and methods used in economic history- twofold:
1. To understand and analyze the role of the financial system and financial crises - historically and today.
2. To understand and analyze the management, organization and performance of the modern business enterprise, in a historical perspecitve, including the historical evolution of large family firms and family dynasties.
This course aims to:
Provide the student with tools to analyze financial crises from a theoretical and empirical perspective, and provide insights from empirical data from past financial crises. This will give the student a profound knowledge of the emergence and effects of financial crises, as well as an understanding of the negative and positive effects of recurrent financial crises in the market economy.
Provide an understanding of the theory of the firm and give students the necessary tools to analyze the relationships between finance, innovations, knowledge, business firms, institutions and competitive advantage – as well as how these relationships may be constructed or pursued, across space and time. This relates to the on-going academic discussion on the different varieties of capitalism.
Explore the role of international business in a globalized context, focusing on multinational firms and family dynasties (i.e. the Wallenberg Group, the Bonnier Family, the Johnson Family, the Rothschild Family, the Agnelli Group etc).