Politics and Economic Policies

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
18 May 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

What is a public good? Why do people pollute? What is collective action, and what forms does it take? This module provides students with theoretical and empirical insights to understand and analyze problems of collective action – i.e. situations in which members of communities need to coordinate shared interests. The module introduces the analytical concepts of collective action and presents applied local and global cases. The course also covers some of the most important questions about the aims and tools of economic policy.

In addition to theoretic issues, the module focuses on the discussion of several contemporary issues: global financial crises, global health, environmental cooperation, and refugees.

The module will be taught in two weekly sessions: a weekly pre-recorded lecture and a weekly interactive seminar. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive seminar.

Module aims

The module aims to introduce students to key economic and political concepts within public policy.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Understand dynamics of collective action.
2. Understand what public goods are and how they differ from other types of goods.
3. Discuss the role of governments with regards to public policy.
4. Apply insights from collective action, public goods and the role of governments to real-world policy issues.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be taught over 2 hours per week


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   Online Quiz    45% 
Coursework   in-class presentation    10% 
Coursework   Take Home Essay  08/12/2023  45% 

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%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Miranda Simon, email: miranda.simon@essex.ac.uk.
Ms Lasma Kokina
Module Supervisor: Miranda Simon, miranda.simon@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
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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