19 August 2016
Economic Crisis: A Brief history of time
As the aftermath of the global financial crisis rumbles on, the attention of politicians has been focussed squarely on narrow issues of economic policy, and on trying to reconstruct routes to economic growth in the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Whilst this latter crisis is often invoked as a direct comparator, few commentators connect the dots in more meaningful ways between the current crisis and its historical and societal precursors. This summer school will therefore encourage students to reflect more deeply on the different dimensions of the current crisis, first providing rigorous introductory teaching to the overlapping issues encapsulated in the current crisis (within the economy, governance and society) before broadening this temporally and theoretically to invite students to think critically about what crisis means.
This course will be taught by staff from the political science department, but is open to students from a wide range of subdisciplines. A background in economics, sociology, history, geography or anthropology would all provide valuable insights, and as such a background in political science is not expected. Students should be interested in the current global financial crisis, and have some familiarity with the key events and actors, although a familiarity gained through news broadcasts and secondary reading is more than sufficient.
The course’s objective is to enable the students to:
Describe the key attributes of an economic crisis and explain how the phrase has been used in different contexts
Compare different periods of crisis over time and identify the features that make them similar or different
Critically analyse the theoretical and practical contribution of the key texts discussed during the first week
Relate the concept of crisis to different facets of political and social life beyond periods of immediate economic disruption
EUR 307: EU/EEA citizen
EUR 1700: Non EU/EEA citizen