(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Political Economics (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Politics and International Relations
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A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The
specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of
Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is
optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).
- Applied Quantitative Methods: In order to be eligible for the AQM qualifier, you must successfully complete the following modules:
GV207-5-AU (15 credits) – ‘Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS’ (must also achieve a mark of 70 to be awarded the qualifier)
And at least one of the following:
GV205-5-SP (15 credits) – ‘Measuring Public Opinion’
GV217-5-SP (15 credits) – ‘Conflict Analysis’
SC208-5-SP (15 credits) – ‘Crime and Inequality Across the Life Course’
GV300-6-FY (30 credits) – ‘Quantitative Political Analysis’
GV840-6-FY (30 credits) – 'Project:Politics' (must include sufficient quantitative methods as agreed by your Academic Supervisor, and multivariat regression analysis must be undertaken)
[Note: GV840-6-FY can be substituted with either of the other final year project modules: GV831-6-FY, GV831-6-FY, GV836-6-FY, EC831-6-FY, GV834-6-FY, or GV830-6-FY]
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External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
To prepare students to work in international and national governmental and non-governmental agencies.
To obtain strategic roles in private companies and in politics.
To develop policy and decision-making through research and analysis.
To develop a comprehensive understanding of how governments seek to influence economic processes, and how markets influence politics, policies, and political outcomes using the foundations of political science and economics.
To provide skills relevant to the labour market.
The aims of the Placement Year are:
To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.
To enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.
To provide students with the opportunity to analyse their practical work in a theoretical context.
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: Knowledge of the main theoretical and empirical concepts in politics and economics.
A2: Knowledge of the main findings in modern political economy and current trends in research, particularly as related to the study of political institutions and how they are related to economic variables.
A3: Knowledge of the essential terms and concepts necessary to understand economic and political phenomena.
A101: An experience-based understanding of work roles.
Lectures, seminars, and classes.
Coursework and exams.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: To approach political economics from a scientific perspective.
B2: To develop analytical thinking and data analytic skills.
B3: To interpret and use basic statistical methods as applied to politics and economics.
B4: To understand and use basic game theory and other formal models.
B5: To develop a capacity for independent study and research in the area of political economics.
B101: A capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.
Lectures, classes, seminars.
C: Practical skills
C1: To communicate ideas effectively.
C2: To use information technologies to access and collect information and data.
C3: To work independently as well as collaborating with others.
C4: To use and apply political economy terminology, concepts, tools, and research findings to applied settings.
C101: The ability to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.
Lectures, seminars, classes.
D: Key skills
D1: To argue coherently and concisely
D2: To use information technologies to access and collect information and data.
D3: Understanding of the main quantitative and formal methods used in political analysis.
D4: Students will be able to solve problems using a range of knowledge and skills.
D5: To collaborate with others.
D6: Critical awareness of own learning process.
D101: The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.
D102: Improved personal professional practice through a reflective approach within a work environment.
Lectures, seminars, classes.