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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: