Fall 2020 - ECON 450W D100

Seminar in Quantitative Economic History (3)

Class Number: 2334

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 201 or 301 and ECON 305.



Focus will vary from term to term. Writing/Quantitative.


This course is a seminar course in economic history.  Students will prepare a paper based on a set of topics and a bibliography that will be available in class, or will choose their own topic in consultation with the instructor.  Papers will be presented in class and will be discussed by fellow students.  The exact dates will be decided depending upon the number of students giving papers.  Normally there is no final exam.   Attendance, however, is required.

Topics: Papers that have been written in the past have included topic areas such as: Tariff history, Economic Growth, The Gold Standard, Immigration, Emigration, Schooling, Crime and Punishment, Alcohol Prohibition, Gambling, Ancient Rome’s Expansion and Contraction, Brazilian Urban Expansion, Brazilian Slavery, Bananas, Oil, Coffee, Correlates of War, the Role of Women in the Wartime economy and the consequences thereafter, Swedish Growth, British Costal Shipping, Banking and Growth among many others.


  • In-class presentations and critiques 30%
  • Final paper 70%
  • Should a student miss any part of another student’s presentation, there will be a final exam worth up to 25% of the final grade.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Starting Fall 2020, final exam schedules will be released in October. This will allow students to avoid enrollment conflicts, and will significantly reduce instances of exam hardship. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the final exam period December 9 - 20 until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.


Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).