GV307-6-AU-CO:
Political Economy I

The details
2023/24
Government
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
06 June 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
EC831

 

(none)

Key module for

BSC LL14 Economics and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC LL2F Economics and Politics,
BSC LL3F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL4F Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L921 International Development (Including Foundation Year),
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module is about modern political economy, meaning analytical approaches to study how economic and political incentives interact to create constraints and opportunities that shape larger political and economic behaviour and outcomes. The module introduces students to the use of rigorous logic and evidence in order to understand classical political economy issues as well as to address contemporary policy issues in both domestic and international dimensions. Some of the substantive topics that will be covered include: the origins of the state and state capacity, the political determinants of economic development and inequality, and democracy and redistribution.


This module requires knowledge of essay writing in political science. Students are assumed to have some familiarity with elementary mathematical concepts (e.g., sets, functions, algebra, basic probability theory). The module does not require knowledge of calculus.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To introduce the students to key issues and research examples within political economy.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will:



  1. Be aware of the main theories and debates on the political determinants of economic development.

  2. Understand how politics—in particular, political institutions and leaders—shape economic outcomes, and how the economy may prompt political change, such as regime or institutional change.

  3. Understand quantitative empirical evidence from research in political economy.

  4. Be able to analyse and discuss policy issues using methods and approaches from political economy.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • A two hour weekly seminar.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1  17/11/2023  33% 
Coursework   Assignment 2  08/12/2023  33% 
Coursework   Assignment 3  19/01/2024  34% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
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