Political Economy

The details
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 28 June 2019
02 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA LL12 Economics and Politics,
BA LL13 Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LL1F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL2F Economics and Politics,
BSC LL3F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL4F Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year)

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.

This module requires knowledge of essay writing in political science. It also requires knowledge of applied statistics (especially regression analysis), algebra, analytic geometry, and differential calculus, all at GCSE level.

Module aims

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

Module learning outcomes

• Know and discuss key issues in political economy.
• Understand and solve formal political economy models.
• Understand quantitative empirical evidence from research in political economy.
• Analyze and discuss policy issues using methods and approaches from political economy.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Two hour lecture.


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 Assignment 1 12/11/2019 25%
Coursework Assignment 2 10/12/2019 25%
Coursework Assignment 3 04/02/2020 25%
Coursework Assignment 4 17/03/2020 25%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lasse Aaskoven
Dr Lasse Aaskoven lasse.aaskoven@essex.ac.uk Modul Administrator Sallyann West govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 38 (95%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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