The BA/BSc in Politics of the International Economy aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of political and economic events and processes in a global context. The degree has a number of unique characteristics. First, it provides compulsory training in economic principles and theories of globalisation and international trade to enable students to understand the conceptual and empirical basis of the international economy. Second, all students will also study the legacy of colonialism and have the option to pursue more advanced training in economics.
The degree will equip students to think critically and independently about the issues they encounter in their studies and to develop the range of skills that will support their intellectual, vocational and personal development. After a first year aimed at providing the foundations for the study of political economy, students will be able to choose from two different pathways through the final two years of the degree, depending on their interest. Students reading for the BA will focus on political analysis and processes, while retaining a core of economics in their courseload. BSc students will pursue a programme weighted more towards economic analysis, with the aim of preparing them for postgraduate study in economics.
ABOUT THE Department of Political Economy
Students on both programmes acquire a skill-set that equips them to work in a policy development environment in governmental or NGO settings.
Sitting within the School of Social Science & Public Policy, the Department of Political Economy has an interdisciplinary, social science ethos that cultivates a highly stimulating intellectual environment attracting leading scholars. A research-led curriculum encourages critical analysis and debate on contemporary international political and policy issues. A variety of teaching methods are used on the programme. Most modules use lectures accompanied by small tutorial groups.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The Department offers two related undergraduate programmes: the BA (Hons) in International Politics and the BA/BSc in Politics of the International Economy. The modules students take on both degrees will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation.
Teaching is based on the Strand Campus with all the facilities offered by the College easily available and the cultural attractions of the South Bank and Covent Garden on its doorstep. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.
King's College London
Three years FT, six years PT
Year of entry 2014