EC385: a worldly Philosophy: The Industrial Revolution in Britain and the Birth of Economics



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EC385: A Worldly Philosophy: The Industrial Revolution in Britain and the Birth of

Economics (2 blocks – west in time – Block 8 in England)
What was the Industrial Revolution? The beginning of the age of fossil fuels? Enlightenment ideas turned into physical reality? The world turned into a factory? These questions still inspire debate.
We will explore the events and well preserved sites of this period to examine from an economic perspective how and why they transformed history – from culture to how we live and work .
The “science” of economics was, itself, born out of the Industrial Revolution. We will examine how the thinkers of the day understood what was happening around them. In so doing, they changed forever how we think about the individual, the choices we make, the roles of both government and business in society and the very concept of well-being, itself.
This is a 2-block course that fulfills the West in Time requirement. Block 7 is taught on campus; Block 8 is taught in England (York – Manchester – Shrewsbury – Coalbrookdale - Stoke on Trent - Stratford on Avon – London). It further fulfills 2 credits in the macroeconomics and international theme.
Prerequisites: Ec151 & 152 (old major) OR EC301 or 302 or 303 (new major).
Cost: $3,425 (est.) + airfare.


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