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.
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
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 SECURITY STUDIES
INTERNATIONAL TRADE THEORY
PANEL DATA METHODS
POLITICAL PRINCIPLES, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
B1-8. Written assignments and essays, written examinations
B8. The dissertation.
C: Practical Skills
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
D1-4. Written assignments and essays, examinations, dissertation
D6 classroom presentations, written assignments and essays.