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Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts & Issues (Module)

Module description

This module introduces a number of approaches to understanding the relationship between politics and economics, the state and markets. The module focuses on different perspectives on, and key concepts in, political economy, as emphasised or challenged in major works in the field. The themes which the module looks at include (i) the role of class and interests, (ii) culture and the economy, (iii) the embeddedness of markets, (iv) markets versus hierarchy, (v) the role of institutions, and (vi) the distribution of capital.

Within each theme, we will discuss key contributions to the different approaches, including works by Smith, Marx, Weber, Keynes, Polanyi, Hayek, Olson, Ostrom, and Piketty. We will focus on the main arguments of these authors, their underlying assumptions, their methodology, and their contribution to our understanding of the field. We will also link the (modern) classics to contemporary applications of the different approaches.

Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

1-hour lecture & 1-hour small group seminar weekly

Module assessment - more information

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

Key information

Module code 5SSPP201

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15 credits

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No