GV907-7-FY-CO:
Political Economy

The details
2019/20
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
13 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA L20612 Political Economy,
MA L206EK Political Economy,
MRESL20624 Political Economy,
MSC L20612 Political Economy,
MSC L206EK Political Economy

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Learning and teaching methods

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

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/Replication Design Outline 02/12/2019 10%
Coursework Critical Writing Assignment 1 09/12/2019 10%
Coursework Critical Writing Assignment 2 09/12/2019 10%
Coursework Peer Assessment of Scientific Paper/Research Note 24/02/2020 10%
Coursework Critical Writing Assignment 3 16/03/2020 10%
Coursework Critical Writing Assignment 4 16/03/2020 10%
Coursework Final Poster and Scientific Paper/Research Note 16/03/2020 40%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nicole Rae Berg
Module Supervisor: Dr Nicole Rae Berg, nicole.baerg@essex.ac.uk or 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
Government

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