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.


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.

Slides

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


19.

On the 19th day, we discussed distributional maxims.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity with new seats

No homework


WEEK TEN

20.

On the 20th day, we discussed pre-Marxian critics.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

14th homework (Fresno State login required)


21.

On the 21st day, we started to discuss Marx.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

15th homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK ELEVEN

22.

On the 22nd day, we continued our discussion of Marx.

Slides

Guided notes

Reading quiz

16th homework (Fresno State login required)

Link to Great Money Trick comic


23.

On the 23rd day, we wrapped up our discussion of Marx and started to discuss the marginalist revolution.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

17th homework (Fresno State login required)


WEEK TWELVE

24.

On the 24th day, we continued our discussion of the marginalist revolution.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

18th homework, which is the only homework we'll have that's not online


25.

On the 25th day, we continued our discussion of neoclassical economics.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Reading quiz

19th homework, which is to make progress on your paper


WEEK FOURTEEN

26.

On the 26th day, we discussed Thorstein Veblen and institutional economics.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

20th homework (Fresno State login required)


Thanksgiving break


UNDER CONSTRUCTION BELOW

WEEK FIFTEEN

27.

On the 27th day, we discussed the Keynesian revolution.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Reading quiz, too

Heads up on in-class activity for next time

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


28.

On the 28th day, your second major assignment was due and we discussed the future of economics.

Slides

Guided notes

In-class activity

Heads up on in-class activity for next time

No homework, except to prepare for your presentation.


WEEK SIXTEEN

29.

On the 29th day, presentations started.

Slides

Handout and single-page version

In-class activity

21st homework (Fresno State login required)


30.

On the 30th day, presentations continued.

Handout on exam

22nd homework, which is another self-assessment (Fresno State login required)


WEEK SEVENTEEN

31.

On the 31st day, we reviewed for the final exam, which will be held on its scheduled date and time.

Slides

Handout / activity