The seminar will introduce participants to a wide range of important and topical issues in financial history. Students are expected to deliver a seminar paper (in English) and participate in the general discussion (in English or, if helpful, in German).
• Preliminary meeting at 22nd of Oct. 2010 (12-2pm, Boltzmannstr. 20, HS-Anbau): General introduction; discussion of proceedings; introduction to topics. Students have to make a decision about mandatory registration (verbindliche Anmeldung). When registered, students will be informed of their topic for the seminar paper as soon as possible.
• 1. Block at 29th of Oct. 2010 (12-2pm, Boltzmannstr. 20, HS-Anbau): The block provides (1) a short introduction to scientific writing and (2) a short introduction into the topic.
• Deadline at 10th of Jan. 2011, 9.00 am: Students hand in their final seminar papers (this deadline is mandatory, i.e. please make sure you meet this deadline!).
• 2. Block at 21st and 22nd of Jan. 2011 (all-day, Boltzmannstr. 20, Kaminzimmer): Seminar presentations and discussion.
Skills in macroeconomics and economic history (for instance, classes visited) will be taken into account.
As a rule, more than one student will work on a topic. The allocation of topics will be based on students’ preferences. Students will be informed about their topic by email as soon as possible.
Seminar papers are to be submitted in English. Presentations and discussions should also be in English. Of course, students may switch to German during discussions whenever helpful.
• Each participant will write a seminar paper (click here to view the specific requirements for seminar papers [text in German]) which (s)he will also present to the group. The length of the presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.
• Each student should be ready to discuss any other seminar paper. A discussion of a seminar paper is supposed to initiate a general discussion among all participants. Prepare two or three slides on which you review the respective paper very briefly (one or two sentences). Then, highlight important aspects of the paper (this may be crucial assumptions, interesting results, strange results, issues not addressed in the paper but relevant to the topic, questions that came to your mind when reading the paper, etc.) We randomly select a discussant after each presentation. All papers will be available online after 10 of Jan. for preparation of the discussions.
• Students are expected to participate actively in the general discussion.
Submit one hard copies (stapled) of your paper and a PDF file (preferably, Word otherwise).
Final grades will reflect the quality of the seminar paper and the participant’s presentation, the discussion of other papers, and their contribution to the general discussion.