Checking date: 26/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Contemporary social and economic history
Bachelor in Employment and Labour Relations (Study Plan 2018) (Plan: 401 - Estudio: 207)

Coordinating teacher: CARMONA PIDAL, JUAN ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

competences: - identify the dynamics of economic, demographic and social long-term outcomes associated with modern economic growth - relate these historical dynamics with their own analytical categories of sociology as modernization, urbanization, secularization - correct use of basic economic concepts (such as productivity, convergence, structural change, integration, globalization, income distribution) - correct interpretation of demographic indicators (fertility rates, mortality, fertility) and socio-economic indicators (growth rate, GDP per capita and per hour worked, unemployment, Lorenz curve, Gini coefficient) related to the topics covered in the course. Skills: - basic skills related to the analysis of texts, the collection and processing of information, accuracy in the use of analytical concepts, clarity in establishing causal connections between phenomena; - advanced skills related to the comparison of texts, estimation and quantitative indicators, the drafting of complex text as academic and scientific criteria; - skills related to public presentation of the results of their work.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction. Growth and development. 2. Economic growth in the very long term. 3. Agriculture, living standards and population in pre-industrial economies. 4. Institutions, property rights and markets for goods and factors. 5. The Atlantic economy in the modern age (c.1600-1750). 6. The Industrial Revolution. 7. The globalization of goods and factor markets in the 19th century. 8. The birth of a superpower: the USA (end of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th century). 9. Deglobalization and the Great Depression. 10. The Soviet economy. 11. The golden age of economic growth, 1950-1973 .12. The second globalization and developing countries. 13. China and the 21st century. 14. Economic development and climate change
Learning activities and methodology
Knowledge and attitude skills will be acquired by students through: -Master classes, in which theoretical knowledge of the main historical processes of an economic and social nature that have contributed to forming the contemporary world will be provided. -Performance of periodic group tasks by students, aimed at delving deeper into the analytical and historical content through mandatory readings and databases. -Writing an individual written essay and an oral and audiovisual presentation. The course will have the following development: Students will articulate their work around three axes: a) Theory material (Power Point presentations of master classes, required readings, databases). b)Tasks to be carried out weekly, consisting of checking the understanding of the readings through tests and carrying out oral and audiovisual presentations, for which purpose a debate will be organized. The tasks will be carried out in groups (with the aim of promoting the ability to work as a team). Likewise, sometimes you will be asked to perform written exercises on the week's readings. c)The choice between two topics for writing the final essay. This task will be done individually
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • CLARK, Gregory. Factory Discipline. Journal of Economic History, 1994, 54, n. 1, pp. 128-163.
  • FINDLAY, Ronald, O'ROURKE, Kevin H.. Power and Plenty. Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2007. 2007
  • HARTWELL, R.M.. The Long debate on poverty: eight essays on industrialisation and "the condition of England". London, Institute of Economic Affairs, 1972..
  • HOBSBAWM, Eric. The Age of Extremes: the short twentieth century, 1914-1991, chapter 1. London 1994.
  • JONES Eric. The European Miracle: Environments, Economies and Geopolitics in the History of Europe and Asia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003 (3rd ed.).
  • MOKYR Joel. The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress, chapter 7. Oxford Paperbacks, 1992.
  • NORTH Douglass C., THOMAS Robert. The Rise of the Western World: A New Economic History. Cambridge University Press, 1973/76.
  • O¿ROURKE Kevin, WILLIAMSON Jeffrey. Globalization and History. The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy. Cambridge, MA/London: The MIT Press, 1999.
  • PERSSON, K.Gunnar. An Economic History of Europe, ch. 3. Cambridge, 2010.
  • WRIGLEY, E.A.. A Simple Model of London's Importance in Changing English Society and Economy 1650-1750. Past & Present, No. 37 (Jul., 1967), pp. 44-70.
Additional Bibliography
  • ALLEN, Robert. The British industrial revolution in global perspective. Cambridge, 2009.
  • BROADBERRY Stephen, HARRISON Mark. 'Economics of the Two World Wars', in New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. London, Macmillan: 2008.
  • BURNETTE, Joyce. An investigation of the Male-female Wage GAp in industrial revolution britain. Economic History Review, 1997, 257-281.
  • Clark. A Farewell to Alms. Princeton, 2007.
  • FEINSTEIN Charles, TEMIN Peter, TONIOLO Gianni. The European Economy Between the Wars. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1997.
  • HATTON Timothy, WILLIAMSON Jeffrey. The Age of Mass Migration. Causes and Economic Impact. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 1998.
  • LINDERT Peter H.. Growing Public. Social Spending and Economics Growth since the Eighteen Century. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2004.
  • PERSSON, K.Gunnar. An Economic History of Europe. Cambridge, 2010.
  • REHER David, SANZ-GIMENO A.. Mortality and economic development over the course of modernization: An analysis of short-run fluctuations in Spain, 1850-1990¿,. Population Studies, 2000, 54, n.2, pp. 135-152.
  • SANCHEZ ALONSO Blanca. ¿Those who left and those who stayed behind: Explaining emigration from the regions of Spain, 1880-1914¿. Journal of Economic History, 2000, 60, n. 3, pp. 730-755.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.