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EC4421 Political Economy

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
Level:
SCQF Level 10
Semester:1
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Wed.

The main goal of Political Economy is to reach a better understanding of how institutions shape policy outcomes. Standard microeconomic and game theoretical concepts are used to model the behaviour of voters and politicians, and study their interactions under different institutions. The module will cover some of the most important models in this field, providing empirical applications when relevant.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules

Undergraduate

Optional for all Economics degrees, Financial Economics, BA (Int Hons) Economics

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:20 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks) plus 1 office hour (x 13 weeks).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 25
  • Guided independent study: 175

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 75%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (incl. Class Test 25%) = 50%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator:Dr M Negri
Module teaching staff:Dr M Negri