GV907-7-FY-CO:
Political Economy

The details
2020/21
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
30
03 June 2020

 

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

 

GV916

Key module for

MA L20612 Political Economy,
MA L206EB Political Economy,
MA L206EK Political Economy,
MRESL20624 Political Economy,
MSC L20612 Political Economy,
MSC L206EB Political Economy,
MSC L206EK Political Economy,
MSC L16512 Quantitative International Development

Module description

This is a graduate course on political economy. The course bridges together topics in international relations, comparative political economy, and economics.


The course is broken into a number of themes. In these weeks, we will examine how domestic and international politics drive trade, investment, financial, and immigration policies and outcomes. We will also look at the relationship between political institutions and economic outcomes as well as the effects of economic phenomenon on institutions. The class emphasizes the theoretical core and some current debates in the field but also aims to expose students to some nuts and bolts of topics related to political economy (broadly defined) and chief methods by which scholars acquire knowledge of the subject.

Module aims

Students will require, use and develop the following key skills:
• Transfer of ideas: students will be helped to follow and assess quantitative research in other modules – parties and elections, comparative politics, IR, and so on;
• Improving independent learning and performance: Students will learn to address their own research topics in a quantitative framework with an eye towards scholarly publication;
• Communication, interaction, and peer review: Classes involve not only questions from me but also group discussions; students are required to give formal feedback to other students in written form;
• Writing: Students learn how to theorize, generate empirically testable hypotheses, and report on and discuss results of quantitative analyses.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should achieve the following learning outcomes:
• read, understand, and evaluate quantitative analyses and scholarly work published in the leading journals;
• understand evaluation methods for particular research questions, research designs, and variables;
• use various statistical methods, from to multivariate regression models, experiments, and measuring variables of interest;
• analyse quantitative data;
• complete a replication activity and present it.

Module information

Module Description

This is a graduate course on political economy. The course bridges together topics in international relations, comparative political economy, and economics. The goals of the course are to (a) introduce students to contemporary scholarly research on political economy topics, (b) introduce students to strategic models in political science using substantive applications, and (c) stimulate students to form original ideas for promising quantitative research projects in the area of contemporary political economy

The course is broken into a number of themes. In these weeks, we will examine how domestic and international politics drive trade, investment, financial, and immigration policies and outcomes. We will also look at the relationship between political institutions and economic outcomes as well as the effects of economic phenomenon on institutions. The class emphasizes the theoretical core and some current debates in the field but also aims to expose students to some nuts and bolts of topics related to political economy (broadly defined) and chief methods by which scholars acquire knowledge of the subject.

Module & Aims

Students will require, use and develop the following key skills:
* Transfer of ideas: students will be helped to follow and assess quantitative research in other modules – parties and elections, comparative politics, IR, and so on;
* Improving independent learning and performance: Students will learn to address their own research topics in a quantitative framework with an eye towards scholarly publication;
* Communication, interaction, and peer review: Classes involve not only questions from me but also group discussions; students are required to give formal feedback to other students in written form;
* Writing: Students learn how to theorize, generate empirically testable hypotheses, and report on and discuss results of quantitative analyses.

Module Outcomes

By the end of the module students should achieve the following learning outcomes:
* read, understand, and evaluate quantitative analyses and scholarly work published in the leading journals;
* understand evaluation methods for particular research questions, research designs, and variables;
* use various statistical methods, from to multivariate regression models, experiments, and measuring variables of interest;
* analyse quantitative data;
* complete a replication activity and present it.

Module Structure and Teaching

The module will run over 20 weeks. This module will be delivered with a two-hour weekly seminar that will be available to students off-campus

The module is the core module for students on the MA/MSC/MRes in Political Economy and can be taken as an option by students on other Masters courses in the Department of Government.

What we expect of you during lecture and classes:
* Having done the required reading.
* To pay attention and take notes as necessary.
* To think about the readings and lectures notes before the class, and be ready to discuss them: try to identify the key assumptions in the texts; map the structure of the argument; underline the conclusions. Highlight to yourself points you don't understand. Ask yourself whether you agree with the text, whether you can identify weaknesses or gaps in the argument, and what could someone who disagrees with it argue against it.
* To offer your participation as required (answering questions, asking questions etc.). Learning about and discussing these texts is a communal endeavour and it is a matter of good citizenship to contribute. Further, part of what we want you to achieve, and what we mark you for, is clear and confident oral presentation. You are expected to answer questions, raise new points, and contribute to the progression of discussion in class.

Assessment

This module is assessed by 100% coursework.

Coursework will consist of 2 critical writing assignment (20% each), a research paper powerpoint presentation (no audio) (15%), peer assessment including a scientific write up aprox 1500 words (15%), and a scientific paper preregistration form which completes the .Rmd file I give you (30%) aprox 3500.

The 2 critical writing assignments should be handed in at the start of class on the week that we will discuss them. You are required to do 2 in total, 1 per term.

At the end of the Autumn semester (Week 10), you are responsible to hand in a paper presentation that specifies your preregistration project (no audio just slides). This must specify the research question (RQ), the main dependent variable (DV), the independent variable (IV), the statistical method (likely OLS) that you will use to, the dataset that you will use and an idea about what data you will use. You are not allowed to change your mind about the research project so make sure that you find a project that you like early on.

At the end of the Spring semester you are required to hand in a complete scientific preregistration plan for peer review (i.e. a research note). This document should be aprox1500 words, 12 font, 1 inch margins, double spaced. You are also required to review one of your peer's research note, which will be handed back to them, one week later. You are finally expected to hand in an aprox 3500 research preregistration plan on the last day of class in the .Rmd file that I give you.


Study Abroad Assessment

This class is not available for study abroad

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 20 weeks. There will be a two-hour class.

Bibliography*

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Research Paper Preregistration Presentation    15% 
Coursework   Critical Writing Assignment 1    20% 
Coursework   Peer Assessment of PreRegistration Plan    15% 
Coursework   Final Scientific Paper PreRegistration Plan    30% 
Coursework   Critical Writing Assignment 2    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nicole Baerg, email: nicole.baerg@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Nicole Rae Berg
Module Supervisor: Dr Nicole Rae Berg, nicole.baerg@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Jamie Seakens (govpgquery@essex.ac.uk)

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

Dr Nicholas Walter Vivyan
University of Durham
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 2 (5%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
38 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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