Course entry requirements: For students completing the major in Economic History, ALL of the following are required: HST1005F or HST1011F, HST2028F and HST2037S. For students taking the course as an elective, at least ONE of the following courses is required: HST1005F or HST1011F, HST2028F or HST2037S, or by permission of the Head of Department.
This course is concerned with famines, approaches to hunger, poverty and inequality, and the institutions that societies establish to remedy these maladies. Food insecurity, death from starvation, and ‘feasts for a few’ are associated in the twentieth century with developing economies where discourses of poverty, welfare and development promote varying remedies, more or less informed by ideology, self–interest or economic theory. Thus analyses of poverty, wealth and famine require an understanding of the ways in which developmental theories and economic policies have been applied in specific contexts and of the institutional arrangements through which these practices have been exercised. The course is skills-intensive and includes tutorials on quantitative reasoning, historiography and comparative analysis.