Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University

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Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University


ACCT 601 SEMINAR SYLLABUS

Development of Accounting Thought--PreClassical, Classical and Contemporary Periods

2014

Room: PBL 458 2:4:30 pm

August 8,12,14,19,21

Sept 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15

Oct 17(1 pm Braden Award)

Nov 5, 12, 19, 2-4:30 PM.

Also-Attend Dept. Research Seminars-Brown Bags

Professor Gary J. Previts, Department of Accountancy

(368-2074) (PBL 461)

Email: G.TP@CASE.EDIJ

Office hours after seminar or by appointment

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

A doctoral level seminar to develop knowledge, skills and abilities related to theories of knowledge, the development of accounting thought, institutions and individuals. Readings and discussions facilitate an analysis of continuities and discontinuities, and relatedly, epistemic presuppositions in our disciplines literature over time. Accounting knowledge is considered from its historical propositions, concepts, and 'truth' proposals. The conditional nature of knowledge, evidence and proof in historical, positive and normative writings is evaluated in periods of various 'conceptual suggestions' and includes reviewing contemporary U.S. attempts and predecessors- AAA's Statement on Accounting Theory and Theory Acceptance, and the AT CPA's Trueblood and Jenkins Reports. The works of principal writers are evaluated. What was, What is and What ought to be 'statements' in familiar as well as unheralded research papers are evaluated. The terms PreClassical and Classical are employed to identify normative works by Jones, Sprague [Propriety - PreClassical] and Paton [Entity] and Paton and Littleton. 1940 [Classical: Matching--Historical Cost], and Contemporary EMH and behavioral and other normative writings. The role of pragmatism in accounting thought is considered throughout in the evaluation of accounting academic and practice literature.

Abilities and Skills Addressed include: Theory building; assessing presuppositions; identification of social objectivity and economic value statements; enhancement of critical thinking skills, literature research skills, oral and written communication skills; awareness of present-mindedness within propositions.

100 pt Grade Structure

   Seminar preparation and participation 15 meetings plus
   Braden Event                                   23 points
   -BYOs August Only- Literature Search outcomes from
   Tables of Contents                             10 points
   Brief Papers [Two] Maximum 10 pages 12 PT Times
   New Roman (TNR)                                22 points
   Brief Book Essays [Four] Maximum 5 pages] 12PT TNR
                                                  20 points
   Research Paper--present at a Dept. Research Seminar-Due
   December 3rd                                   25 points

Assignment Material and Meetings

Please reserve the times noted in the banner above for our seminar meetings in Room 458. In addition to topical materials related to the development of thought, each session will reserve corollary time for discussion and preparation related to issues of pedagogy and instructional teaching assistance assignments.

Two Brief Papers: 24 points--maximum 12 pages including bibliography 12 PT TNR

Two essays which demonstrate an understanding of fundamental episodes, notions, terms and thought processes which provide a basis for intellectual discussion, evaluation and inquiry. A one page written proposal for each brief paper is due for approval before the topic can be considered. Essay One: Due August 27th' Essay Two: October 1st.

Book Review Essays [Four] maximum 5 pages including bibliography. 12 PT TNR

Review Essays: Select, propose and undertake review essays of an original business history or accounting book length work, essay or collection relating to the periods under study. The seminar professor will provide a list of selected titles. …

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