Oxford, United Kingdom

Economic History: The Great Divergence, Convergence, and Beyond

when 5 August 2024 - 23 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 3980

What are the causes of the vast differences in wealth between nations? Why have certain societies prospered whilst others still grapple with poverty? Will inequality between the developed and developing worlds be permanent? Addressing these questions and understanding today's global economy requires a historical perspective.

This course will begin with an introduction to Economic History as an interdisplinary subject, and to the methods and sources economic historians use. You will then explore some of the key events of the past 500 years, including the Transatlantic slave-trade, colonialism, and the Industrial Revolution, examining their links to the phenomenon known as the 'Great Divergence', when levels of wealth in the Western world separated from everywhere else. We will then consider the more recent phenomenon of 'Convergence', and investigate why certain countries, including Japan and China, managed to catch up with their European counterparts, whilst others fell further behind. In the final part of the course you will reflect on the limits of 'Convergence', and assess whether inequality has become an immovable feature of global development. Throughout the course you will be introduced to frontline research and a variety of interdiscplinary approaches, with a particular focus on quantitative methods.

Target group

This course would suit students in a Humanities or Social Sciences field, especially History or Economics, but including Political Science and Sociology. This course would be especially beneficial to students aspiring to undertake graduate study in History or Economics.

Course aim

By the end of this course, you will:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of Economic History as an interdisciplinary subject and its methodologies.
- Be able to demonstrate knowledge of key historical events and their role in long-term economic development.
- Be able to think critically about the sources and limits of economic growth.

Credits info

7.5 EC
LMH Summer Programmes are designed to be eligible for credit, and we recommend the award of 7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 15 CATS for this course.

Fee info

GBP 3980: This includes:
- All tuition, including lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
- Assessment, transcript of academic performance, and certificate.
- A co-curricular programme of skills workshops and guest speakers.
- Access to the Lady Margaret Hall College Library.
- Bed & Breakfast accommodation throughout your programme.
- Lunch and dinner in the College Dining Hall Monday to Friday.
- A full Social & Cultural Programme, including two excursions to other English cities per three-week programme session.
- A high-quality printed class photograph.
- Formal Graduation banquet.

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