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ECON 318 001 (Lecture)

History and Philosophy of Economics from Aristotle to Adam Smith

The development of economic thought from Aristotle to Adam Smith, focusing on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution, and economic growth.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 1 (Sep 03, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): September 17, 2019


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : September 17, 2019
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
October 11, 2019

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
1 Tue Thu15:3017:00Hugh Dempster Pavilion310
Instructor: SCHABAS, MARGARET


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:9
Currently Registered:36
General Seats Remaining:9
Restricted Seats Remaining*:0
-  This course is cross-listed with PHIL 362. Students can register in either section. We will trace the development of economic thought from Aristotle to Malthus, also reading brief excerpts from the work of Aquinas, Mun, Locke, and Quesnay (links on UBC Connect). We will read, in more depth, the writings of David Hume and Adam Smith, and derive additional context from the famous book by Albert O. Hirschman. Our focus will be on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution, and economic growth, as well as the moral justification for the pursuit of commerce.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Essential Adam Smith Required HEILBRONER 9780393955309
Passions and The Interests : Political Arguments for Capitalism Before Its Trium Required HIRSCHMAN 9780691160252
Phil 362 / Econ 318 Ccm Schabas / 001 Required SCHABAS / 1001 281000032116