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
  • 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 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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: