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LSE. Antitrust in Germany and Japan 1945-52
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Wow, good on you JohnGunn. Question: which courses do you recommend for someone with a business background at the undergrad level and a keen interest and knowledge of financial markets? I really like the sound of financial business history and international institutions post WW2 (IMF and World Bank and the like). Any others you suggest?
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Wow, good on you JohnGunn. Question: which courses do you recommend for someone with a business background at the undergrad level and a keen interest and knowledge of financial markets? I really like the sound of financial business history and international institutions post WW2 (IMF and World Bank and the like). Any others you suggest?
I think that you can choose one course from other departments, but am not totally sure. IMF is boring.
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LSE. Antitrust in Germany and Japan 1945-52
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London..
I will plan to take:
EH 401 (required)
EH 459 Financial and Business History: America, Europe, Japan
EH 483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in 19/20 Centuries
EH 487 International Economic Institutions since WW1

Thanks again and any help you can provide about the initial readings as well as dissertation advice/help etc would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

RJK

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am going to be doing the msc in eco history too. Im from australia. did undergrad in eco and finance so in terms of background info, I agree with the other people who've posted msgs - you'd need some background in eco and preferably some maths/stats studies. Are you doing the pre-sessional course that they might ask some grads to take? Also in terms of courses so far this is what I am most probbly taking (they are quite similar to yours):
401
459
483
485

oh and re the dissertation, from what I've heard they allocate supervisors quite early on so if you can, you should try think of your thesis topic as soon as ... not that I have!!!

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hi

am going to be doing the msc in eco history too. Im from australia. did undergrad in eco and finance so in terms of background info, I agree with the other people who've posted msgs - you'd need some background in eco and preferably some maths/stats studies. Are you doing the pre-sessional course that they might ask some grads to take? Also in terms of courses so far this is what I am most probbly taking (they are quite similar to yours):
401
459
483
485

oh and re the dissertation, from what I've heard they allocate supervisors quite early on so if you can, you should try think of your thesis topic as soon as ... not that I have!!!

Shefali

Thanks a lot for the post. I'll keep it all in mind! Also, I have not been asked to take any pre-sessional course - should I? Can you ask to be involved with that?
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List of available classes for 2005-06 can be seen herE: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calen...ed-subheading5

Just click on the course, and you'll whether or not its offered near the heading.
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Thanks a lot for the post. I'll keep it all in mind! Also, I have not been asked to take any pre-sessional course - should I? Can you ask to be involved with that?
If you haven't been asked to do the pre-sessional, dont do it !! I dont think its that important - besides, you can pick it up as you go. From what I hear its just basic maths/stats that they run through with you.
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If you haven't been asked to do the pre-sessional, dont do it !! I dont think its that important - besides, you can pick it up as you go. From what I hear its just basic maths/stats that they run through with you.
So, if they don't ask it is not mandatory? They only ask those who they believe need the pre-sessional training? Is this correct? Well, I've done basic maths/stats in my undergrad degree and of course high school, so hopefully it wasn't much more advanced than that....

Though, I'm a bit concerned: how much math/stats is actually involved in economic history? Which courses is maths/stats more prevalent...
I ask b/c I'd rather take a nice balance of courses.

Thanks.
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So, if they don't ask it is not mandatory? They only ask those who they believe need the pre-sessional training? Is this correct? Well, I've done basic maths/stats in my undergrad degree and of course high school, so hopefully it wasn't much more advanced than that....

Though, I'm a bit concerned: how much math/stats is actually involved in economic history? Which courses is maths/stats more prevalent...
I ask b/c I'd rather take a nice balance of courses.

Thanks.

No it isn't mandatory. I think its only for those people who have been asked to do it. If youve done undegrad level maths/stats then that should be enough I think. I dont think there is much at all in the eco history stream. There would be heaps in the pure economics stream though. You'll have to check to see whether you can take courses in the economics stream (from a maths/stats perspective) because it comes under a different dept - the eco dept. Our dept doesnt have any maths type subjects.
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No it isn't mandatory. I think its only for those people who have been asked to do it. If youve done undegrad level maths/stats then that should be enough I think. I dont think there is much at all in the eco history stream. There would be heaps in the pure economics stream though. You'll have to check to see whether you can take courses in the economics stream (from a maths/stats perspective) because it comes under a different dept - the eco dept. Our dept doesnt have any maths type subjects.
Thanks Shefali, your help is appreciated. I emailed the dept to see if I could sneek in to this little refresher course (more for peace of mind than anything else) and they said it was full, but that my transcripts showed that math economics and statistics at the undergrad level were more than sufficient for the info learned in the eco hist stream.

Good choices on the courses you've chosen, I think they seem to be the most conventional, mainstream choices offered...

See you soon, bye for now.
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Hello all,
Canadian student moving to england next yr to pursue MSc Economic History. Looking to find out the level of difficulty the course poses and if it is a course in which history (at the undergrad level) would greatly help?
I did Business Admin (HONS) for my undergrad and achieved high A's. I'm a little nervous about the level of difficulty which I will encounter in postgrad at LSE. Thanks for any help! Also, anyone starting Eco History or staying in Great Dover Street (not trying to be clique-y), please reply and say hellos!
Hi I am Sohini from India, will also start my MSC in EH in Sept. Looks like everyone is quite scared about it! U can drop me a hello at [email protected]! Does anyone have any clue when is our departmental induction?
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Thanks a lot for the post. I'll keep it all in mind! Also, I have not been asked to take any pre-sessional course - should I? Can you ask to be involved with that?
I wasnt asked to take the pre-sessional but I emailed the dept and they said it was ok for me to take it, although they dont think its necessary. I am in a dilemma now! :confused:
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I wasnt asked to take the pre-sessional but I emailed the dept and they said it was ok for me to take it, although they dont think its necessary. I am in a dilemma now! :confused:
I did the same...now I'm weighing the pros/cons...I'll let you know what I decide.
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Hi I am Sohini from India, will also start my MSC in EH in Sept. Looks like everyone is quite scared about it! U can drop me a hello at [email protected]! Does anyone have any clue when is our departmental induction?
"The School Induction for new postgraduate students will take place in the morning of Wednesday 28 September in the Peacock Theatre, providing an important introduction to how the School functions and focussing in particular on the postgraduate academic experience at LSE."

That's what was written in the email I received this morning from LSE...so, looks like the 28th.
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"The School Induction for new postgraduate students will take place in the morning of Wednesday 28 September in the Peacock Theatre, providing an important introduction to how the School functions and focussing in particular on the postgraduate academic experience at LSE."

That's what was written in the email I received this morning from LSE...so, looks like the 28th.
Thats the school induction, all the depts hold a separate induction. I just checked our DEPARTMENTAL INDUCTION is on the 29Spt at 4pm. Can mail u the details, if u want
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Thanks, much appreciated.
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