84700 - ECONOMIC HISTORY OF INNOVATION

Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Michele Alacevich

  • Crediti formativi 8

  • SSD SPS/06

  • Modalità di erogazione In presenza (Convenzionale)

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 20/02/2018 al 16/05/2018

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Al termine del corso, lo studente possiede una solida conoscenza della storia dell’innovazione in ambito economico con particolare riferimento a svolte cruciali nella storia dell’umanità, guardando soprattutto agli ultimi tre secoli. Lo studente è in grado di discutere il ruolo degli attori che contribuiscono (o ostacolano) l’innovazione nelle società umane e di comprendere come la questione dell’innovazione si interseca con altri grandi fenomeni del mondo contemporaneo, quali la globalizzazione, lo sviluppo e l’ineguaglianza. Infine lo studente acquisisce familiarità con i maggiori approcci alla storia della tecnologia, dell’innovazione e della crescita.

Programma/Contenuti

Course contents

The course will analyze how technological change has affected the long-term evolution of human societies, in conjunction with institutional, economic, and military developments. We will discuss Western ideologies of scientific and technological progress and their alternatives, as well as the contested diffusion of these technologies and ideologies to non-Western countries. A long-term historical perspective will provide an insightful perspective into some of the crucial issues of today’s world, such as environmental issues, war, and development.

Learning aims

By the end of the course, you will be able to discuss the fundamental role of technology in the history of human societies. You will also be able to examine critically the scholarship on the economic history of innovation.

Testi/Bibliografia

Mandatory readings for students attending class

Michael Adas (1989), Machines as the Measure of Men. Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance, Ithaca: Cornell University Press

E. A. Wrigley (1988), Continuity, Chance, and Change. The Character of the Industrial Revolution in England, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Joel Mokyr, ed. (1999), The British Industrial Revolution. An Economic Perspective, 2nd Edition, Boulder, CO: Westview Press (pp. 1-127)

Mandatory readings for students who will not attend class

Michael Adas (1989), Machines as the Measure of Men. Science, Technology, and Idceologies of Western Dominance, Ithaca: Cornell University Press

E. A. Wrigley (1988), Continuity, Chance, and Change. The Character of the Industrial cRevolution in England, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Joel Mokyr, ed. (1999), The British Industrial Revolution. An Economic Perspective, 2nd Edition, Boulder, CO: Westview Press (pp. 1-127)

David S. Landes (1969) The Unbound Prometeus, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (pp. 1-230)

Joel Mokyr (2002), The Gifts of Athena. Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy, Princeton: Princeton University Press (pp. 1-118)

Metodi didattici

Lectures and class discussion. Depending on the number of students attending the course, class presentations by students on specific topics may be organized, in consultation with the instructor.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Prerequisites

As this is a post-graduate course, you are expected to be conversant with the economic history of the world from ancient times to the present. You can use:

Rondo Cameron and Larry Neal (2015), A Concise Economic History of the World, New York: Oxford University Press

Final exam

Grades will be assigned based on an oral exam aimed at evaluating your ability to explain and critically discuss the facts and analytical questions examined during the class lectures and in the bibliographic references. For attending students, preparation for the exam will be based on (I) the mandatory readings, (II) your class notes of topics not covered by the readings, and, if applicable, (III) your class presentation and participation in class discussion. Class attendance is highly recommended.

Non-attending students will be evaluated on the mandatory readings for non-attending students.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Michele Alacevich