1.1 — Introduction and Overview — Class Content

Meeting Dates

Tuesday, August 23, 2022


Welcome to ECON 452 — History of Economic Thought! Today’s lesson will be an introduction to the course and a bit about why the history of economics matters, explain in part by looking at the profession of economics today. Please read and familiarize yourself with the syllabus.


This week we will be covering elements of:

  • Ch.1 in Landreth and Colander
  • Ch.1 in Blaug 1996

I recommend reading this to get acquainted with some of the big picture ideas and debates we are going to wrestle with this semester, as well as the state of economics today. Regarding economics today, here are some articles that I mention in today’s class:

Please note going forward, the lesson numbers and topics (e.g. 1.1) on this website are my design, and will not match up with the textbook!


Below, you can find the slides in two formats. Clicking the image will bring you to the html version of the slides in a new tab. The lower button will allow you to download a PDF version of the slides.


You can type h to see a special list of viewing options, and type o for an outline view of all the slides.

I suggest printing the slides beforehand and using them to take additional notes in class (not everything is in the slides)!


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