ECON30400 Political Economy

Academic Year 2023/2024

This model investigates how the tools of economics have been used to understand the workings of democratic political systems. It examines:
- What policies are adopted by politicians/parties
- How much effort and/or money is expended by politicians to get elected
- Why do people donate to politicians and whether this is beneficial or corrupting in the democratic process
These issues will be examined both theoretically and through an examination of the empirical evidence.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will gain experience applying the fundamental economic tools that they have learned in other courses to a new set of environments. This will increase their ability to apply those tools more generally. They will gain a deeper understanding of political systems and the interaction between various actors involved.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; debates; student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: 1 hour mid-semester exam Unspecified Yes Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Research essay assignments Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Essay/problem style exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50