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Unformatted text preview: COLGATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS Professor Michael R. Haines Economics 485 217 Persson Hall, 315-228-7536 Seminar in American Economic History Office Hours: M 4:00-5:30 PM Spring, 2002 W 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Revised: 1/16/02 or by appointment SEMINAR IN AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY This course will organized around the topic of money, banking, investment, and financial markets in the United States since colonial times and also the Great Depression and the New Deal. The requirements of the course will include a research paper of 20-25 pages (40% of final grade), and a class presentation (40% of final grade), and class participation (20% of final grade). The paper is to be on a subject of your choice but related to the topics of the course. The paper topic will be chosen in consultation with the instructor. The expectation is that the paper will be statistically oriented, using a data set provided by the instructor or collected by the student. Exceptions are possible with the permission of the instructor. The paper will be due during the last class of the course. The paper is to be prepared in accordance with a term paper style sheet and guidelines handed out in class. The instructor reserves the right to reject any paper not prepared in accordance with the style sheet. Failure to complete any part of the assigned work will result in an automatic grade of “F”. The class will meet on Monday, 7-9:30 PM in Persson Room 226. Tuesday evenings at the same time is also reserved for possible extra classes. Regular seminar attendance is required . Attendance will be taken. There will be no unexcused absences. Unexcused absences will be penalized by one third of a grade for each instance. The instructor reserves the right to schedule a final examination in the event that he deems it necessary. In that case the final grade will be based on the following weights: paper (35%), final examination (25%), class presentation (35%), class participation (10%). Colgate University has specific policies with respect to academic integrity (i.e., cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of work, etc.). This class will be conducted in a manner consistent with those university policies. The policies are described in detail in the Student Handbook. There is no set of required texts. For background reading, however, I will require you to consult the textbooks for Economics 415: Gary M. Walton and Hugh Rockoff, History of the American Economy , eighth ed. (New York: The Dryden Press, 1998), chs. 4, 12, 19, 21-25, 28 (WR); and Jeremy Atack and Peter Passell, An New Economic View of American History from Colonial Times to 1940 , Second ed., (New York: W.W. Norton, 1994), chs. 2, 6-7, 9-17, 20-22 (AP)....
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