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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: China - Peking University, Beijing - 'Peking Univ.'
UC Course SubjectHistory
Number & Suffix: 107
Transcript Title: WORLD ECON HISTORY 
UC QTR Units - Division: 3.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the main facts about world economic history since 1000. Lecture topics: Millennia of Poverty: Introduction, the Malthusian trap and the Malthusian model; Collapse of Civilizations: Using Easter Island as an example, phrase diagrams, as well as impacts on the environment and the collapse of civilizations; if not Malthusian, then WHY?: The Malthusian theory does not explain the Malthusian trap; real reason behind the Malthusian trap; effect of war on human history; Reexamining the realities of history; the truth is actually more complicated and refined; Glorious Revolution in England how it stimulated production; effects of a system on growth; long-run effects of culture on economic growth; game of politics; effects of politics on economic growth; economics of religion; International Currency System; from gold and silver bimetallism to the Bretton Woods system and the financial crisis; Great Depression, as well as a little more macroeconomics; economics of the subprime crisis. Assessment: Economic Modeling/Programming homework assignment 25%, term paper 75%. Description of Economic Modeling/Programming Assignment: Programming homework: Using Netlogo, create a model of a chaotic/revolutionary era. The ideas and theories behind this model should ideally be your own original ideas. During the second class, we will discuss three basic models which create disruptions in cycles or periods; your homework may be an extension of ideas covered in our class as well. However, regardless of whether you decide to test an original theory or make use of an established idea, your work must be knowledgeable and bring a new understanding of history to the reader. Description of Final thesis: The thesis must be based upon a topic from economic history (up to the 1950’s). You are encouraged to use models, simulations, and statistics to discuss large topics in history. A word of advice: study carefully at least five of the recommended readings for this class, which include famous studies in economic history and are available in our public email account. Focus not only on the content presented, but also on the logic and methods of thinking that are used in crafting these papers. 
Language of Instruction: Chinese
Partner University Department: Economics 
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