University of Sussex Business School

Economics and Politics

(BA) Economics and Politics

Entry for 2019

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

1. To provide our undergraduates with a training in the economics discipline, develop their interest in the subject and encourage them to examine both economic and other social problems from an analytical and critical perspective.
2. To provide our undergraduates with a flexible curriculum that allows the approaches and methodologies of other disciplines to be explored through the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary structures at Sussex and instil in them an openness and flexibility to alternative views.
3. To provide our students with a set of general skills that enable them to think analytically, express themselves clearly, work independently, meet deadlines and encourage initiative.
4. To provide our students with a set of subject-specific skills appropriate to the level of their course that enable them to access, analyse and appraise economic theories and related evidence; to present and sustain coherent and logical argument; and to implement and complete independent research in economics.
5. To give our students the opportunity to participate in processes of module review and evaluation.
6. To enable students to understand the importance of Politics in the contemporary world.
7. To ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in appropriate areas of theory and analysis.
8. To enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of the disciplines and develop an understanding of the contested nature and problematic character of inquiry in the disciplines.
9. To provide students with the opportunity to combine the insights and methods of the two disciplines.
10. To develop students' capacities to critically analyse events, ideas, institutions and practices.
11. To provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies.
12. Provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate.
13. Provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.nt.

Course learning outcomes

1. Have demonstrated knowledge of the core principles of economics

4. Have demonstrated a knowledge of quantitative techniques appropriate to the study of economics or finance (as appropriate)

5. Be able to use the power of abstraction to focus upon the essential features of an economic problem and to provide a framework for the evaluation of the effects of policy or other exogenous events.

6. Be able to analyse an economic problem or issue using an appropriate theoretical framework.

7. Have displayed a knowledge of sources and content of economic information and data

10. Have demonstrated the ability to carry out self-directed study and research

11. Have demonstrated an understanding of appropriate concepts in economics that may be of wider use in a decision-making context (e.g. opportunity cost)

11b. Have demonstrated an understanding of appropriate concepts in finance that may be of wider use in a decision-making context (e.g. discounting)

12. Have learnt to communicate economic ideas, concepts and information using means of communication appropriate to the audience and the problem at issue.

13. Have learned to appreciate the importance of, and be able to construct, rigorous argument to help evaluate ideas.

14. Have demonstrated a facility in numeracy and other quantitative techniques, such as correctly interpreting graphs.

15. Have demonstrated competence in the use of an appropriate range of computer software.

16. Identify and describe and illustrate key approaches to the study of Politics and understand the contested nature of knowledge and understanding

17. Identify and understand the key normative ideas and concepts which serve the foundations of politics

18. Describe and illustrate the structure and operation of different political systems

19. Describe and illustrate the key explanatory concepts and theories used in the study of politics

20. Develop a familiarity with major methods of data collection in politics, and their appropriate uses

21. Develop a knowledge of British politics and the key concepts and approaches used to explain British politics

22. Critically evaluate the nature of political change in a political system or with regrad to a political issue

23. Ability to understand and critique political philosophical arguments made by political theorists

24. An ability to compare different political systems in order to develop a general understanding of the functioning of politics

25. Plan and carry out a research project relating to a political topic which sustains a line of arguments and draws on a body of academic literature

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreBritish Political History (L2010)154
  CoreEconomics Principles 1 (L1099)154
  CoreExplanatory Concepts in Political Science (M1038)154
  CoreIntroduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics (L1054)154
 Spring SemesterCoreFoundations of Politics (M1036)154
  CoreMacroeconomics 1 (L1056)154
  CoreMicroeconomics 1 (L1053)154
  CoreResearch Skills and Methods in Political Science (M1045)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreEuropean Politics (L2051)155
  CoreMacroeconomics 2 (L1032)155
  CoreMicroeconomics 2 (L1031)155
  CoreModern Political Thought (L2031)155
 Spring SemesterCoreAdvanced Macroeconomics (L1059)155
  CoreAdvanced Microeconomics (L1061)155
  OptionCommunicating Politics (L2155)155
  Politics of Governance: France (L2049)155
  Politics of Governance: Germany (L2039)155
  Politics of Governance: India (L2093)155
  Politics of Governance: International Institutions and Issues (L2134)155
  Politics of Governance: The European Union (L2038)155
  Politics of Governance: USA (L2041)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCoreStatistics and Introductory Econometrics (L1022)155
  OptionDeath of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Economics of European Integration (L1066)156
  Environmental Economics (L1088)156
  Experimental Economics: Markets, Games And Strategic Behaviour (L1097)156
  Financial Econometrics (N1611)156
  International Trade (L1070)156
  Labour Economics (L1039)156
  Monetary Theory and Policy (L1040)156
  Political Change: Contemporary France (L2157)306
  Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition (L2017)306
  Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy (L1998)306
  Political Change: India (L2095)306
  Political Change: New Technologies and Corruption (L1999)306
  Political Change: Political Parties and Party Systems (L2034)306
  Political Change: Politics and International Business (L2001)306
  Political Change: The European Union as a Global Actor (M1541)306
  Political Change: the Politics of Brexit (L2055)306
 Spring SemesterOptionBehavioural Economics (L1083)156
  Climate Change Economics (L1078)156
  Economics of Crime (L1101)156
  Economics of Education (L1098)156
  Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain (L2156)306
  Financial Economics (L1095)156
  Governing Technology (L2077)306
  Immigration and the Liberal State (L2097)306
  Parties and Voters in the UK (M1007)306
  Political Corruption (L2046)306
  Populism and Politics (M1535)306
  Statistics Project (L1069)156
  The British Economy in the Twentieth Century (L1102)156
  The Economics of Development (L1065)156
  The Politics of Feeling (L2079)306

Course convenors

Frank Brouwer
Senior Lecturer

Mohsen Veisi
Lecturer in Economics

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

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