Just got word - and I'm very excited.
So there will be syllabus-planning to do this summer although the usual professor's is a good place to start. I am strongly considering Grant's suggestion of Agnar Sandmo's Economics Evolving as a basic text now that I look more closely at it, but let me know if you have any other favorites. I may also just stick with Heilbroner (which was not what the professor used to teach). This will evolve, I'm sure, but if I were to nudge the syllabus I'm thinking of:
1. Spending a lot of time on Smith and especially on the different views of Smith, Malthus, and Ricardo on wages and population in the long run.
2. Spending a lot of time on Malthus and reconsidering him as an important figure in history of thought, particularly population theory and modern growth theory, and the Malthus-Ricardo and Malthus-Say debates as precedent for later debates.
3. Obviously spending time on Ricardo, Mill, and Marx although I think maybe less effort than on Smith and Malthus.
4. Obviously a lot of time on Keynes. I also want to teach some Austrian economics during the Keynes lecture.
5. I want to emphasize a lot the significance of history of thought for considering modern problems... which means I'm going to pull up all the blog posts and lectures that Brad DeLong has written up on this issue to really structure my thoughts - pulling in Malthus, Ricardo, Say, Bastiat, Mill, etc. - and driving the point home hard the whole semester that history of thought is relevant.
This looks to be a standard Smith-to-Keynes class and I'll probably stick with that, even though it's disappointing a lot of ways.
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