BA Economics and Politics
About the course
How and why do governments try to regulate markets? Why are Central Banks independent? What explains the fluctuations of stock markets and exchange rates? How important is the economy for the outcome of elections? What is globalisation and how does it impact our daily lives?
Economic and political events dominate domestic and international news, and impact on our day-to-day lives, as well as shaping the future
This course should interest you if you want to gain an understanding of politics and economics, but also want to understand the interaction between the two disciplines
You study economic methods while exploring the very nature of democracy and the ways in which governments use the economy for their advantage
One this course you study a range of topics such as:
Macro- and microeconomics
Political systems and political ideas
Research design and statistical methods
Globalisation and international development
European Union economics and politics
Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication
We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began
Meanwhile, our Department of Economics is rated consistently highly for student satisfaction and is top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of their research rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014)
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What you'll learn on the course
Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so your course combines compulsory and optional modules to make sure you gain key knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.
Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Economics
Democracy: Forms and Futures
Introduction to Quantitative Economics (optional)
Applied Economics and Policy (optional)
Political Analysis: Introduction to OLS
Introduction to Econometric Methods
Macroeconomics (Intermediate) (optional)
International Relations: Theories and Approaches (optional)
International Politics of the Middle East (optional)
Project: Economics (optional)
Macroeconomics (Advanced) (optional)
Microeconomics (Advanced) (optional)
Environmental Politics (optional)
Political Economy of International Development
On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
Teaching is arranged to allow a lot of freedom in how you organise your learning experience
Lab sessions allow you to improve your technical research skills
Opportunities to gain work experience on placements and internships
Optional support classes in Economics
Assessed through a combination of written coursework, presentations, class participation, and end-of-year examinations
If you undertake a placement, you will prepare an assessed report on this experience
Complete your final year project in consultation with a personal supervisor