Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy (L1998)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The European Political Economy has been profoundly impacted by crisis. This module will introduce you to the key themes and debates on the origins and effects of the 2008 global financial crash, the eurozone crisis, and the contemporary challenges facing Europe’s political economies. This module will explore the contested origins and impact of these crises and interrogate the ways in which political elites have responded to them. It will focus on the impact of the crisis in the European periphery, on political systems, and explore the role of the media. The module will introduce you to key theoretical debates on European Political Economy, austerity, financialisation, and neoliberalism.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 270 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.