EC 12 Syllabus

Econ 12: Course Requirements

1. Class participation (by email if necessary) based on assigned readings, preferably the original works (see reference materials below). Participation in Q and A of lectures at Silliman is included here. Readings to be assigned every two weeks.
2. Submission of homework on special quiz questions (by email) – every two weeks or so
3. Final exam (no mid-term exam). Final exam will be a paper to be formulated individually, with the outline to be approved by your teacher before the mid-terms, and to be submitted at the end of the semester.
4. Course grade determined as an average of the above three.


Roger Backhouse, The Penguin History of Economics, Penguin, 2002. (Please get your own copy of this paperback.)

WEBSITES: [at Stanford, contains material on philosophy] [at Long Island University] [at New School} [McMaster University] Mirror of MacMaster Archive with some additions by Michio Akama. [Wikipedia] [Adam Smith ] Dead Economists Society. John McGinnis at Penn State provides access to a number of economics books. WebEc: Methodology and History of Economic Thought. Site at Helsinki mirrored at Washington University. Resources for the History of Economics. [Tilberg and Purdue Universities] [links to other sites] The On-Line Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania. Links to books everywhere. Trivia quiz on the dismal science. Pictures are from “The Warren J. Samuels Portrait Collection at Duke University.” [Marx/Engels Internet Archive]

Todd G. Buchholz, New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought. Plume Books, Revised edition, 1999.

Robert L. Heilbroner, The Worldly Philosophers : The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers. Touchstone; 7th Rev edition, 1999.

Deirdre McCloskey et al, A Three-Minute History of Economic Thinking, Ancient Times to 1950.

Henry William Spiegel, The Growth of Economic Thought, Duke University Press, Durham, NC; 3rd edition, 1990 (Fifth paperback print, 2002).

Michael Lewis (ed.), The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics, Sterling, 2007.


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