Economic History II

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
ECON 1210
Economic History II
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 3 Hours Seminar: 1 Hour Total: 4 Hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture and seminar.

Course Description
This course will provide the student with an analysis of the economic development of Western Europe and North America from the industrial period to the present. A comparison will be made between economic systems under which man lives in the twentieth century.
Course Content
  1. Industrialization of Britain, France, Germany before 1945.
  2. International trade in the 19th Century.
  3. The staple approach to North American economic history.
  4. The effects of British policy upon economic growth.
  5. Interregional trade before the Civil War (U.S.).
  6. Science, technology and early modern industry.
  7. Economic consequences of European overseas expansion.
  8. The mechanization of industry.
  9. Establishing the Capitalist system.
  10. Finance capitalism:  the revolution in investment and business organization.
  11. Canada-U.S. economic relations and economic nationalism.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. analyze the economic development of Western Europe in contrast to the development of North America – Canada, in particular;
  2. evaluate the regional economic influences in the overall context of industrial growth in North America;
  3. compare growth in Canada as a part of the British Empire and as an independent nation;
  4. compare the economic development of different countries and the social, political and economic systems that evolved.
Means of Assessment
Term Test(s)  30% - 70%
Assignments and/or Papers    0% - 30%
Final Exam  30% - 40%
Participation and/or Quizzes        0% - 10%
Total          100%


Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

The main text(s) will be chosen from the following, as determined by the instructor:


Dean, Phyllis.  The First Industrial Revolution, Latest Ed.


Kemp, Tom.  Industrialization in Nineteenth Century Europe, Latest Ed.  Longman, paperback.


Mathias, Peter.  The First Industrialized Nation, Latest Ed.  Routledge:  Chapman and Hall, paperback.


Rosenburg, Nathan and L.E. Birdzell.  How the West Grew Rich, Latest Ed.  Basic Book, Harper-Collins.


Supplementary materials may be chosen from the following, as determined by the instructor:

Berg, Maxine.  The Age of Manufacturers 1700-1820, Latest ed.  Fontana, paperback.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses