This course is a survey of the history of the American economy from the colonial era to the present. We will study the features and development of the American economy and examine the watershed events that have transformed it over its history. 3 undergraduate hours
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
ECON 102 (Microeconomic Principles)
ECON 103 (Macroeconomic Principles)
MATH 220 or MATH 221 (Calculus 1)
ECON 302 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)
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Past Course Syllabi:
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ECON 490 American Economic History Isaac DiIanni Past Syllabus
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The below is helpful information from a discussion with Professor DiIanni regarding this course. Please keep in mind faculty may change the format of the course each semester, so it is important to follow the syllabus and guidelines for the semester you are taking the course (provided in class).
Is the class discussion or lecture based?
Lecture based – discussions happen spontaneously from interested students
Textbook? Not a required textbook but there will be peer several peer-reviewed scholarly articles assigned to read and posted frequently on compass
How would you describe your teaching style? He uses PowerPoint’s (created by him) while lecturing during his course. He will also take additional notes on the slides to aid in student’s understanding. Lecture slides available on compass – lecture outlines
In what ways are students evaluated/graded (tests -- multiple choice or essay? papers, etc)?
60% out of class written assignments (7 assignments in total); You will need to read peer reviewed economic journals to do the assignments. 40% exams of the grade is comprised of 2 exams. The final is cumulative and essay based.
What careers will your course give students an advantage in? By taking this course you will learn just general overall information about economics in a new light that encourages critical thinking. Could help for students who are interested in a career that is based off historical analytics.
What are some classes students can take before this to help prepare them for the material? Econ 302 is required. Also, econometrics is recommended, but not required because it allows for deeper understanding of the content in some of the articles presented in the course.
Would this be a good course to use for a graduate school application? The course would help students sharpen their critical thinking skills which is useful in graduate school, although the material isn’t directly applicable to more concrete economic terms (ie: econometrics, math intensive courses, ect). Top graduate programs typically do not emphasis history of economics, so you wouldn’t necessarily be seen as competitive for taking this course.
What is your background in Economics or the field you are teaching in? He has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University. He has written an article about law and economics with respect to history. So his interests are in economic history, as well as law and economics.
How would you consider the workload in comparison to other 400 Level Economics Courses? The course is reading intensive, so students who like to read will be more suitable for this course.
What is your attendance/participation policy? Attendance is necessary to do well in this course