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Professor (Emeritus) John H. Munro passed away December 23, 2013
Department of Economics,
University of Toronto
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the ECO 301Y course web page
Updated on: Friday, 9 September 2011
TIPS ON STUDYING FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATION: ECO 301Y (Economic History of Later Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
The educational purpose of this final examination is not to terrorize, punish, or fail you, but rather to let you synthesise
and integrate a large body of material that you have studied over the course of a year -- of facts, concepts, models,
theories, hypotheses, and even unanswered questions -- so that you may gain an even better understanding of the
nature and processes of (European) economic development, of growth and decline, of modern urban industrialization,
and modern urban societies.
To aid you in this purpose, I suggest that you do or consider doing the following:
- 1. READ OVER the Detailed Outline of Lecture Topics for 2011 - 2012. Then read over the Schedule of Lecture Topics for
2011 - 2012: in pdf format. Get the key topics clearly focused in your mind.
- 2. STUDY WITH CARE the TIME CHART OF EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY, 1300 - 1750: with the major topics in
rows and 50-year time-periods in the column. This time-chart allows you to see both (a) major developments or changes in the major economic sectors over these four and a half centuries, and
(b) the relationship between changes one economic sector with changes in other sectors in the same time periods. Take this chart with you to the final examination.
- 3. READ OVER the Previous Examinations, Mid-Term Tests, and Review Questions, for ECO 301Y,
following the instructions to ignore those questions, or parts of questions, not covered this year. Try to pick out and mark those questions that you think most likely
to appear on the final examination.
- 4. READ OVER the On-line Power Point summaries of the ECO 301Y lectures , arranged in chronological order from mid-September 2011.
Try to see relationships between economic sectors, between regions and countries,
and relationships evolving over time. Focus on cause and effects; focus on economic and historical analyses, not on dry facts.
Try to concentrate your energies on those topics that seem most likely to appear on the final examination.
- 5. READ OVER THE LECTURE NOTES FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, in one sitting, if possible, both your own notes (if you made any
in class) and the ECO 301Y online lecture notes.
But do the latter only if you have read them before: now is not the time to read these full and detailed lecture notes for the first time!
If you have time, skim-read them (again), marking those passages that represent conclusions or summaries of these topics. Use a coloured marker or felt-tip pen to mark those passages in the margins.
- 6. READ THE WEB DOCUMENT on the Master List of Topics for Essays for ECO 301Y.
This document summarizes the major aspects of each of the essay topics (on the A and B lists) for ECO 301Y, explaining why they remain important debate topics in European economic history.
- 6. READ OVER YOUR TERM ESSAYS, and any notes that you made for those essays;
and any other notes that you may or should have made for some of the other recommended topics,
and/or notes made on the recommended (though not required) textbooks. But do not conclude that what you wrote in your term essays is necssarily correct.
Compare your views with those in the lecture notes.
You are free to disagree with my views (those in the lecture notes), so long as you acknowledge my views and fully, cogently explain why you disagree.
- 7. CONSULT THE FOLLOWING WEB DOCUMENT (linked to my Home Page): Other Aids for Writing Essays and Exams.
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