Introduction to Historical Analysis

Numbering Code G-ECON31 5A408 LJ44
G-ECON31 5A408 LJ38
G-ECON31 5A408 LJ43
Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.1
Instructor name TAKEZAWA HIROYUKI (Graduate School of Economics Associate Professor)
KUROSAWA TAKAFUMI (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of this course is to study various methods and topics of the historical studies (socio-economic history, business history, and intellectual history) as part of economics research, as well as gain the ability to perform historical analysis on economic and business phenomena. While learning about the nature of the program, students have the opportunity to develop the basic skills necessary to explore individual themes.
Course Goals Students will gain basic understanding of historical research as part of economic research, understand cutting-edge research trends, and learn guidelines and the ability to conduct historical research on their own (students who do not specialize in historical research will gain an understanding of the basic characteristics of historical research).
Schedule and Contents The course will basically be conducted as follows, but the schedule may be modified considering the trainee's expertise. One or two lectures will be conducted on each topic.
I. Introduction
(1) Explanation of the purpose and method of completing this course
II.The History and Potential of Historical Analysis
(2) Why historical analysis-- focusing on the history of historical analysis and introducing new trends in social science
(3) Quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and historical analysis--focusing on understanding the differences and similarities through actual examples
III.Methods of Historical Analysis
(4) Historical Materials and Perspectives (Basic Historical Theory)-- What are Historical Materials (History and Data, Historical Archives, etc.)
(5) Historical Materials and Perspectives (Basic Techniques)-- How to use Historical Materials (criticism of historical materials, triangulation, hermeneutics)
(6) Historical Materials and Perspectives (Framework of Analysis)-- Understanding various approaches (history of thought, socio-economic history, history of management)
(7) Research design of historical analysis (Theory)
(8) Research design of historical analysis (Practical Part 1)
(9) Research design of historical analysis (Practical Part 2)
IV. Summary
(10) General Discussion on the Possibility of Historical Research
Evaluation Methods and Policy The following items will be evaluated based on achievement of goals. Note that the evaluation items and weightage may be modified depending on the specialty of the student.
(1) Amount of Class Participation (20%)
(2) Presentation of Research Plan (30%)
(3) Final Report (50%)
Evaluation is based on the degree of understanding the basic concepts and methods in historical research, as well as the amount of acquisition in applying the methods.
Course Requirements An understanding of the basic discussions of undergraduate-level economic history, business history, and history of thought and the characteristics of each research method (or students should learn in parallel with this class).
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Completion of the reading assignment assigned in every class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References None
References, etc. M. Bucheli & R.D. Wadhwani eds., Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University
Press, 2014).
Other instructions will be given during class.