What causes financial crises? Why do some economies grow faster while others stagnate? When does the pursuit of economic well-being trigger social conflicts? Economic history studies the interaction between the economy and the society from a long-term perspective.

One can study power struggles within gigantic transnational companies in the global markets as well as family-owned companies at the national level. Distribution of power at the global, national, regional and local levels is central to the discipline. The subject also presents unique opportunities to study current societal issues from a longer historical perspective – business conditions, perspectives on women’s’ and men’s labor, changing consumption patterns, the welfare states’ problems, globalization’s effect on low income countries, and our relationship to natural resources and the environment.

Economic history also deals with people’s thought on the economy on how economic growth can be achieved, how crises emerge and the response to them. The subject studies not just how economists have tried to understand the economic system and its changes but also ordinary people’s perception of economics.

As a student of economic history you will be acquiring knowledge and skills that can be utilized in various fields in the Swedish and international labor markets as teachers, researchers, journalists, economists, aid workers, civil servants / public administrators and even as employees of private companies.

Economic History I, 30 hp

Module 1: Perspectives on the historical development of the world economy - part 1

Module 2: The economic history of Sweden

Module 3: Perspectives on the historical development of the world economy - part 2

Module 4: Work and livelyhood in a global perspective

Module 5: Thinking about the economy

Module 6: Selectives

Eligibility: English B and Civics A


Economic History II, 30 hp

Module 1: Great transformations

Module 2: The Swedish Model

Module 3: Methods in Economic History

Module 4: Independent thesis in Economic History

Eligibility: Economic History I (30hp)


Economic History III, 30 hp

Module 1: Theory and method

Module 2: Thesis course

Eligibility: Economic History I & II (60hp)