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HST3038F

HST3038F

HST3038F   ECONOMIES OF FEASTS AND ECONOMIES OF FAMINE: HISTORIOGRAPHIES OF ECONOMIC HISTORY

NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7

First semester course, 3 lectures per fortnight, 8 seminars, 4 quantitative tutorials

Convener: Professor A Mager

Entrance requirements: For students completing the major in Economic History, ALL of the following are required: HST1005F, HST2028F, HST2037S. For students taking the course as an elective, at least ONE of the following courses is required: HST1005F, HST2028F, HST2037S, or by permission of the Head of Department.

Course Outline: 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.

Lecture times: Meridian

DP requirement: 100% of required coursework; course evaluation is to be completed.

Assessment: Course work counts for 50% of the final mark and a two hour examination at the end of the semester counts for the remaining 50%.