History of Economic Thought - Fall 2018

WEEK ONE

1.

The first day of class served as an introduction to the course. Course materials included:

Syllabus

Copy of the same syllabus formatted to the university template is available here

Attendance, participation, and professionalism rubric

Absence Notification Form (Fresno State login required)

Guidelines for first and second major assignments

First set of slides, which are always a complement to and never a substitute for attending class

First set of guided notes, which are always yours to keep and meant to facilitate your note-taking

Questionnaire and first in-class activity, where you always need to be in class to do in-class activities and you should always turn them in by the end of class

First homework (Fresno State login required), where homeworks are always due by the beginning of the next class after they're assigned


WEEK TWO

2.

On the second day, we discussed economic thought in antiquity, focusing on Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.

Slides

Guided notes

Reading quiz

In-class activity

Second homework (Fresno State login required)


3.

On the third day, we discussed religious economic thought, focusing on Medieval theologian St. Thomas Aquinas.

Slides

Guided notes

Reading quiz

In-class activities

Third homework (Fresno State login required) with additional instructions and a heads up on need to pick first thinker


WEEK THREE

4.

On the fourth day, we discussed changing moral attitudes, focusing on Bernard Mandeville.

Slides

Guided notes

First in-class activity and another in-class activity

Fourth homework (Fresno State login required)

Instructions for extra credit opportunity


5.

On the fifth day, we discussed the Mercantilists.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Fifth homework (Fresno State login required) with heads up on needed to read WP chs. 1, 2 for sixth hwk


WEEK FOUR

6.

On the sixth day, we discussed the Physiocrats.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Reading quiz

Sixth homework (Fresno State login required)


7.

On the seventh day, we started to discuss Adam Smith, focusing on the upsides, downsides, and origins of the division of labor.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Reading quiz

Seventh homework (Fresno State login required)

Guest lecture from Adam Smith


WEEK FIVE

8.

On the eighth day, we continued our discussion of Adam Smith, focusing on the Invisible Hand.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Eighth homework (Fresno State login required)


9,

On the ninth day, we wrapped up our discussion of Smith by focusing on his theories of value and then moved on to a discussion of Thomas Robert Malthus.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Ninth homework (Fresno State login required)

Guest lecture from Thomas Robert Malthus


WEEK SIX

10.

On the 10th day, we wrapped up our discussion of Malthus and then moved on to a discussion of David Ricardo.

Slides

Guided notes

Reading quiz

In-class activity

10th homework (Fresno State login required)

Guest lecture from David Ricardo


11.

On the 11th day, we wrapped up our discussion of Ricardo and then moved on to a discussion of Utopian Socialists.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

11th homework (Fresno State login required), which is the last one before your first major assignment is due.


WEEK SEVEN

12.

On the 12th day, we wrapped up our discussion of Utopian Socialists and moved onto a discussion of John Stuart Mill.

Slides

Guided notes

Handout on income inequality

In-class activity

No homework, except to work on your first major assignment.


13.

On the 13th day, we wrapped up our discussion of Classical economics.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

No homework, except to work on your first major assignment.


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WEEK EIGHT

14.

On the 14th day, we reviewed for our mid-term exam.

Slides

In-class activity and associated handout

No homework, except to work on your first major assignment.


15.

On the 15th day, student presentations started.

Slides

In-class activity

12th homework, which is a self-assessment (Fresno State login required)


WEEK NINE

16.

On the 16th day, student presentations continued.

No homework, except to study for our mid-term exam.


17.

On the 17th day, we took our mid-term exam.

Handout for after exam


WEEK TEN

18.

On the 18th day, student presentations continued.


19.

On the 19th day, we discussed pre-Marxian critics.

13th homework (Fresno State login required), which asks you to pick your thinker for your second major assignment.


WEEK TEN