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  • Objectives
    To provide specific knowledge about theories and empirical evidence relating to issues in political economy, public choice theory and at least one sub-field of economics; To develop a knowledge of the sources and analysis of different kinds of data (quantitative, qualitative, official statistics, documents, original texts); To equip students with the ability to evaluate theoretical claims in the light of appropriate empirical evidence; To develop a capacity for independent research, grounded in the discipline and employing primary (quantitative or qualitative) data; To prepare students to undertake doctoral research in the field of political economy; To provide a solid understanding of the interplay between methods, theories and evidence.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications BA degree of Upper Second class standard or above. For students whose native language is not English, the usual minimum language entry requirement is either an IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBT 88; Cambridge Proficiency of English C or above.
  • Academic Title
    MA Political Economy
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The MA in Political Economy provides students with an opportunity to study both politics and economics at graduate level. Core modules in international political economy seek to link together the different themes pursued in the two disciplines by focusing on current analysis of the crisis of the global economy and politics.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        APPLICATIONS OF DATA ANALYSIS
        BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
        COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF CENTRAL EUROPE
        COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
        CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY
        CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF JUSTICE
        Core: DISSERTATION - MA SCHEMES
        Core: RATIONAL CHOICE THEORIES OF POLITICS
        DEMOCRACY BEYOND THE NATION STATE? THE CASE OF EUROPE
        DEMOCRACY, CITIZENSHIP AND CONSTITUTIONS
        ECONOMETRIC METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
        ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THEORY
        ECONOMICS OF FINANCIAL MARKETS
        ECONOMICS OF ORGANISATIONAL MANAGEMENT
        EMPIRICAL METHODS OF ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
        ESTIMATION AND INFERENCE IN ECONOMETRICS
        EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
        EUROPEAN POLITICS
        GAME THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
        GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
        GLOBALISATION AND WORLD POLITICS: APPROACHES, ORIGINS, TRENDS
        HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL THEORY
        HUMAN RIGHTS IN POST-COMMUNIST DEMOCRACIES
        IDEOLOGY AND POLITICAL DISCOURSE
        INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
        INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
        INTERNATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES
        INTERNATIONAL TRADE THEORY
        MACROECONOMICS
        MATHEMATICAL METHODS
        MICROECONOMICS
        PANEL DATA METHODS
        POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR
        POLITICAL EXPLANATION
        POLITICAL PRINCIPLES, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC POLICY
        POLITICAL THEORY
        POLITICS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
        RESEARCH SEMINAR IN POLITICAL THEORY AND METHODS
        RULE AND RESISTANCE: POLITICAL THEMES IN LITERATURE AND FILM
        THE ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC OPINION
        THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
        THEORY OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATION
        TIME SERIES ECONOMETRICS
        TOPICS IN FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
        TOPICS IN LABOUR ECONOMICS
        TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
      
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political economy or related fields at an appropriate level.
        A2 : Understanding of the main quantitative methods used in political analysis.
        A3 : Critical awareness of the use of evidence in political science.
        A4 : Knowledge of the main research findings, and main developments and debates in one or more sub-disciplinary or area-oriented fields.
        A5 : Systematic knowledge of the relevant sources of information.

        Teaching Methods
        A1-5 Lectures, participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, writing essays and dissertation, oral and written feedback on essays.

        A1 specifically in GV907 Rational Choice Theories of Politics and option.

        A2 specifically in GV900 Political Explanation or cognate.

        A3 specifically in GV900 and/or GV907 and in supervision of individual dissertations.

        A4 specifically in options chosen in consultation with Scheme Director

        A5 specifically in independent learning.

        Assessment Methods
        Government taught courses assessed 50/50 by continuous assessment through written assignments and essays, and three-hour closed examinations at end of course. The dissertation is assessed separately, and counts for 25 per cent of the final overall mark

        Economics options, if taken, are assessed in various ways including exam only, and term-paper + exam.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : To question received thinking.
        B2 : To develop independent thinking.
        B3 : To muster evidence.
        B4 : To evaluate and analyse evidence.
        B5 : To reason critically.
        B6 : To argue coherently and concisely.
        B7 : To communicate ideas effectively in writing.
        B8 : To carry out independent research.

        Teaching Methods
        B1-8. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, individual guidance on researching and writing essays, oral and written feedback on essays, individual interviews and group sessions with Study Skills Officer

        B8 especially in supervised dissertation.

        Assessment Methods
        B1-8. Written assignments and essays, written examinations

        B8. The dissertation.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Organize and structure an extended argument.
        C2 : Use concepts correctly.
        C3 : Compile systematic bibliographies.
        C4 : Provide references according to accepted conventions.
        C5 : Use libraries and IT to access information and scholarly resources.
        C6 : Sift and synthesize complex information.

        Teaching Methods
        C1-6. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, individual guidance for essays, individual supervision of dissertations, oral and written feedback on class presentations and essays.

        Assessment Methods
        C1-6. Written assignments and essays, closed examinations, supervised dissertation.

        C1 especially in dissertation.

        C3-6 specifically in essays and dissertation.

        C2 essays, examinations, and dissertation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.
        D2 : Access and organise information from a variety of electronic sources.
        D3 : Understand the use of quantitative evidence.
        D4 : To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.
        D5 : Knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political science and political theory at an appropriate level.
        D6 : Positive response to feedback and criticism.

        Teaching Methods
        D1-4. Participation in and presentations to seminars and classes, written assignments and essays, dissertation.

        D3 specifically in GV900 Political Explanation or cognate and GV907.

        D4 specifically in scheduling and balancing requirements for four courses taught in parallel.

        D6 specifically in individual guidance on essays, oral and written feedback on essays.

        Assessment Methods
        D1-4. Written assignments and essays, examinations, dissertation

        D6 classroom presentations, written assignments and essays.

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