GV347-6-SP-CO:
Political Economy II

The details
2023/24
Government
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
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 key political economy issues as well as to address contemporary policy issues. Substantively, this module will focus on political economy models of democratic politics. Some of the topics that will be covered include: electoral politics, representation and accountability, bureaucratic politics, distributive politics, and public good provision.


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 political economy models and their application to the study of democratic politics.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the term, students will:



  1. Understand how some tools commonly used in economic analysis, such as game theory, are used to study political phenomena.

  2. Solve formal political economy models of democratic politics, with a focus on electoral competition, delegation, and accountability.

  3. Develop their capacity to evaluate theoretical arguments and to analyze policy issues using methods and approaches from political economy.

  4. Be aware of cutting edge methods used in political economy research.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • Two hour weekly seminar.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1  23/02/2024  33% 
Coursework   Assignment 2  15/03/2024  33% 
Coursework   Assignment 3  05/04/2024  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
Dr Sergio Ascencio, email: sergio.ascencio@essex.ac.uk.

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 10 hours, 10 (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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