What is economic history?

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Economic history helps you understand and analyse the economic and social issues of today by studying the past development of society. You study international perspectives, covering how production, reproduction and the distribution of resources have been organised historically, as well as in modern times.

Courses and programmes in Economic History

Undergraduate courses cover the economic history of primarily Western Europe and Sweden from the industrial revolution to the present, dealing with themes such as globalisation, the development of financial markets, and the reasons for and effects of economic crises. Advanced level courses offer a chance to deal in depth with these and related areas of economic history. Much emphasis is placed on helping students develop their skills in oral and written presentation, and advanced level students are expected to write undergraduate theses.

The department also offers a two-year Master's programme in Social Sciences where Economic History is one of the specialisations (in Swedish). The specialisation offered fully in English on this programme to international students is Digital Media and Society.

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Incoming Exchange students

If you are interested in coming to study an exchange period at Uppsala University and there is an exchange agreement with your university you are welcome to study economic history at our department.

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A PhD education offers the competence to conduct independent research and also to give the student deeper and wider knowledge of economic history along with the ability to communicate this knowledge. The PhD thesis is an independent scientific work that generates new knowledge within the chosen area.

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Last modified: 2021-07-05