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Institutions, Economics & Change (Module)

Module description

This module explores the importance of institutions to understand complex economic phenomena occurring in a context of increasing economic interdependence among countries. In particular, this course aims at understanding how political and economic processes are connected. To do so, the module will begin by understanding two key main concepts: globalization as a process of economic interdependence and how political institutions emerge and change.

Secondly, the focus will be on how different outcomes, like regime transition, economic development or inequality, can be explained by the interaction of certain institutions and globalisation.

Finally, the relationship between globalisation and politics will be analysed. In this section, topics will cover the relationship between globalisation and accountability, economic crises and political dissatisfaction and globalisation and demands for national policies like Brexit.

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years. 


Staff information

Dr Rubén Ruiz-Rufino

Teaching pattern


Module assessment - more information

2-hour examination (50%), 2,500-word essay (50%)

Key information

Module code 5SSPP211

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15 credits

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No