(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Economics and Politics
University of Essex
University of Essex
Politics and International Relations
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
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 develop students' knowledge and understanding of:
(i) the significant theoretical and empirical literatures in the two subject areas;
(ii) the interdisciplinary study of political economy,
(iii) the interplay between methods, theories and evidence,
(iv) quantitative methods for studying economics and politics; and
(v) sources of different kinds of data.
- To offer students, through a range of option choices, a varied menu of sub-disciplinary and area-oriented specialisms in both subjects in order to:
(i) ensure that they have knowledge of at least one sub-field of economics, and at least one sub-field of political science;
(ii) provide them with opportunities to develop an empirical base for the study of the subjects in different contexts; and
(iii) to broaden their theoretical perspectives.
- To provide the opportunity for students to learn about quantitative methods, microeconomics, macroeconomics, democratic theory, political systems, and public choice theory.
- To maintain an intellectual environment that is exciting and challenging, fostering students' capacities for creative study and dialogue and maintaining high standards of teaching and learning.
- To develop and promote students' skills and capacities to analyse economics and politics, undertake subsequent academic study and for employment, personal development and social participation.
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 different conceptual, theoretical and normative perspectives within economics and political science about e.g. democracy, microeconomics macroeconomics and public choice theory.
Knowledge of different conceptual, theoretical and normative perspectives within economics and political science about e.g. democracy, microeconomics macroeconomics and public choice theory.
A2: Knowledge of the main findings of existing research about democracy, microeconomics, macroeconomics and public choice theory.
A3: Knowledge of developments, issues and debates in the specialist subjects they choose to study.
A4: Knowledge of statistical methods appropriate for studying economics or politics.
A5: Knowledge of sources of information for studying economics and politics.
A1-A5 are addressed in lectures, participation in seminars and classes and written comments on politics essays.
A3 is additionally addressed in optional choices in years 2 and 3 and/or in projects.
In Politics the assessment of most full-year modules is normally based equally on course work and on a written examination, each counting for 50 per cent of the final mark.
An average course work load consists of three essays per course or equivalent.
Class tests are used to assess A4.
In Economics, skills A1-A5 are assessed in final examinations and coursework.
Coursework takes the form of assignments and tests (especially A1, A4, A5) in introductory and intermediate level courses.
Coursework takes the form of term papers (especially A2, A3, A5) for advanced undergraduate courses.
Coursework counts for up to 50 per cent of the aggregate mark in each economics course and cannot lower the aggregate mark for any economics module.
The Project counts as a separate module and is assessed on its own merits.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: To question received thinking.
B2: To develop their own thinking
B3: Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political science and political theory at an appropriate level.
B4: To analyse and evaluate data.
B5: To reason critically.
B6: To argue coherently and persuasively.
B7: To present ideas in a structured form in writing.
These skills are developed in:- (a) Seminars and classes (b) class presentations (c) written comments on politics essays.
Individual guidance is available for the writing of essays and the construction of presentations.
Opportunities exist to consult a Study Skills Officer in the Government Department.
Essays and written examinations.
C: Practical skills
C1: Organise and structure an extended argument, advancing clear critical positions.
C2: Use theoretical terms correctly.
C3: Compile systematic bibliographies.
C4: Provide references according to accepted conventions.
C5: Use quantitative methods, abstract and synthesise relevant information.
This range of practical skills (C1-C5) is taught in seminars and developed through comments on politics essays, and in supervision of written work.
Essays and projects are assessed for these skills while written examinations are assessed for skills C1, C 2 and C5.
D: Key skills
D1: Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.
D2: To use electronic information sources.
D3: To use basic statistical methods.
D4: To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.
D6: To be receptive to feedback; to learn new material and to improve ways of learning.
The five relevant key skills are implicit throughout the degree.
1, 2 and 4 are employed in essays.
1 and 6 are employed in seminars, classes and one-on-one discussions with class teachers.
3 and 5 are employed in GV200.
Essays and projects are assessed for qualities that implicitly incorporate all these skills.