Catherine Douglas

Sessional Lecturer

My current position at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics reflects a life-long interest in questions about human behavior, social structures, disparities in economic outcomes, and the course of history. The study of economic history, in particular, provided the perfect environment for me to explore theories and methods addressing such problems and continues to support the development of my current research and teaching interests.

My approach to teaching is based upon a view that students who actively engage with course material are more likely to not only enjoy their learning more, but to have a better understanding of relevant economic principles, their expression in the “real world,” and debates about the course of economic growth and development – whether in history or at present. This approach has been furthered more recently through the integration of community service learning and community-based research as a means by which students can deepen their understanding of such processes.

Ph.D. (DPhil) Thesis

Enclosure and Agricultural Development in Scotland.

Winter 2017

ECON336 Economic History of Canada Sections

The growth of the Canadian economy in relation to development of natural resources, changing markets, industrialism, communications, and technology.

Winter 2017

ECON339 Economics of Technological Change Sections

Application of economic analysis to technological change; the impact of technological change on the growth and distribution of income; economic influences on the invention and diffusion of technology; the interaction between technology, work, skills, and education; public policy toward technological change.

Winter 2017

ECON490 Seminar in Applied Economics Sections

Selected problems and issues in the theory and practice of Economics. Each section will focus on a different field. Restricted to Economics Majors, and Combined Majors in Economics their final academic session.

Winter 2017

ECON492D Directed Reading - DIRECTED READING Sections