MAN-30111 - The Political Economy of Brexit - The UK outside the EU
Coordinator: Kathryn Simpson
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Much of the literature on Brexit presents and promotes binary approaches to the EU. This module opens up this homogenised view of Brexit by focusing on the political economy of Brexit, i.e. examining the politics and economics that have developed since the 2016 UK referendum on membership of the EU by examining the strengths and weaknesses of Brexit from a political and economic perspective. The module offers a sophisticated introduction to the theoretical perspectives of European integration, the context of Brexit in the UK and the EU and considers the future UK-EU trading relationship.

To interpret the role Brexit plays in the political economy of the UK and the EU
To explore the economic dimensions of international trade focusing specifically on post-Brexit trade with the EU, the USA & beyond
To examine the strengths and weaknesses of UK economic policy (including UK nations and regions)
To assess the economic, political and social factors that contribute to UK ¿ EU relations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify and critically evaluate theories of European integration, EU economic architecture and international trade: 1,2
Identify and critically evaluate the origins of the Global Financial Crisis and Eurozone Crisis: 1,2
Critically evaluate the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit to the UK from a political and economic perspective: 1,2
Assess Brexit negotiations from a practical perspective and address their limitations: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours of scheduled learning: lectures (10x1hrs), tutorials (10x1hrs), drop-in hours (4hrs)
126 hours independent learning (66 hours for coursework and 60 hours for the module sessions)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Creative Brief weighted 30%
Blog Post (1,000 words)
The Blog Post requires students to¿demonstrate their familiarity with relevant arguments pertaining to Brexit. The Blog Post also requires students to understand the cause and effect relationships of Brexit and demonstrate the implications to the UK. Students will be assessed on their ability to construct an argument using appropriate references and practical case examples to illustrate their points.

2: Report weighted 70%
Policy Report (2,000 words)
The report requires students to demonstrate their familiarity with relevant concepts and ideas, understand cause and effect relationships and demonstrate mastery of a body of knowledge which they have learned throughout the duration of the module. Students will be assessed on their ability to construct an argument using appropriate academic references and journal articles, theory and practical case examples to illustrate their points.