Economic History: History of Economic Thought, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 15 January 2024

    End date: 15 February 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-70029 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: 20 December 2023 – 8 January 2024

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

The purpose of the course is to give you an understanding of how economic theories were established and developed from the 18th century onwards. The course also gives you the ability to analyse the relationship between different economic theories and to view their development in a social context.

The course has its starting point in the liberal thinkers of the 18th century such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Robert Malthus. Among other things, how the contribution of these theorists developed in interaction with the development of the industrial society will be discussed. Another topic of discussion is how the transformation of the industrial society has contributed to the emergence of new economic theories by among others Karl Marx and Joseph Schumpeter. The marginalist revolution introduced by economists such as W .S. Jevons, Carl Menger and Leon Walras with many followers, as well as the institutional school and more recent economic thinkers such as J .M. Keynes will also be dealt with.

More information


Department of Economic History

Ekonomikum Kyrkogårdsgatan 10

Box 513, 751 20 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1222


Ylva Hasselberg


Telephone: +46 18 471 57 55