Economics and Politics 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Economics and Politics are of vital importance to each of us in our daily lives because they concern fundamental choices about the ways in which resources are allocated, societies are organised and the way in which we are governed. For this reason, Economics and Politics have always been long-established and closely related disciplines at Keele. Our approach is to analyse established theories against current issues, policies and problems using the latest techniques and technology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

You will begin your degree with core modules in both subjects and cover micro and macro economics, global political economy as well as justice and democracy. With the help of expert tutors in both departments, you will explore issues such as freedom and governance and their impact on the global economy as well as public policies in Britain, Europe and the wider world. In your second and third years you’ll consider real world problems and policy-related issues more deeply, and explore the behaviour and performance of households, businesses and governments.  You will engage with big questions such as globalisation, the impact of Brexit, inequality, development, human rights, and the influence of international organisations such as the UN, World Bank, and World Trade Organisation.  You will use professional software tools such as Bloomberg and Sage in our dedicated computer laboratory to analyse and interpret data. This approach to learning means you will combine theoretical analysis with up-to-date knowledge about current issues.

You will also have the opportunity to put your learning into practice by taking a placement year between years two and three of your studies, something that will help you refine your analytical and technical skills for employment after graduation.

What will this mean for my future?

An Economics and Politics degree from Keele will open up a range of opportunities in business and government. Graduates might take up careers as economists, perhaps in the City or with the prestigious Government Economic Service. They might work in commerce and industry, in education or in local government. With or without further study, you might go into banking, insurance, accounting, management consultancy, or the NHS, for example. You might work as an investment analyst, statistician or financial adviser.  Many of our students go on to further postgraduate studies.

 

Sriya Katechia – Graduated 2014

 

I chose to study at Keele because of its diversity and freedom of choice, it’s one of the few universities that offers a dual honours degree with the chance to add in additional modules to compliment my studies.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Why Politics Matters
  • Modern Democracies
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Justice Authority and Power

Second year

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Elections, Voters and Public Opinion
  • Statistics with Bloomberg
  • Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • British Government and Politics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • US Government and Politics
  • International Relations of the Environment
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Comtemporary Issues in Economics
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • International Organisation

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Debating the Future of the European Union
  • The Politics of Development
  • Dynamic Macroeconomics
  • Risk Management and Derivatives
  • Education Politics and Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Labour Economics

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Economics - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Economics achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Economics optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Economics Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100261

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Management in Context MAN-100182

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-100153

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-90003 7

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-10029

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027 4

15

   

Financial Accounting MAN-10024 5

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-10023

15

   

Economics of Financial Markets

ECO-10017 6

15

Notes:

  1. This module is compulsory for anyone who does not have A Level Maths (or equivalent). The module cannot be taken by anyone who already had A-level Maths (or equivalent)
  2. Required if want to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising (MAN-20093) in year 2
  3. Required if want to take Financial Accounting MAN-10024
  4. This Module will  be a prerequisite for ANY of the statistical/econometrics Modules in subsequent years, i.e. Statistics with Bloomberg, Introductory Econometrics ECO-20042, Applied Econometrics and Data Analysis (ISP) or if you want to specialise in Economics in Year 3
  5. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  6. This Module is a prerequisite for ANY of the financial Economics that follow in subsequent years, namely Asset Pricing ECO-20041, Portfolio Choice ECO-20044, Banking ECO-20045, Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048 and Corporate Finance ECO-30039.
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Politics Year 1 (Level 4) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Why Politics Matters

15

Debates in US Politics

15

Modern Democracies

15

Justice, Authority and Power

15

   

Introduction to International Relations

15

   

Securing Global Order

15

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Economics Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Intermediate Microeconomics ECO-20046

15

Statistics with Bloomberg 1

15

   

Asset Pricing ECO-20041 2

15

     

 

Cost and Management Accounting MAN-20049

15

   

Professional Development MAN-200903

15

   

Banking ECO-20045 2

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900037

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900048

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Open Economy Macroeconomics ECO-20037

15

Introduction to Econometrics

ECO-20042  4, 5

15

   

Portfolio Choice ECO-20044 2

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200936

15

   

Contemporary Issues in Economics ECO-20040

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

Notes:

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027. Required if you want to take Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042 or Applied Econometrics Year 3
  2. Prerequisite Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017
  3. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  4. Prerequisite Statistics with Bloomberg. This Module is required for those wishing to take  Applied Econometrics  in year 3
  5. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to do the Data Analysis ISP, then this module becomes compulsory.
  6. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  8. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Politics Year 2 (Level 5) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

US Politics

15

British Politics

15

Russian Politics

15

Politics of the European Union

15

Elections, Parties and Voters

15

Freedom and Equality

15

Environmental Politics and Policy

15

Why Policy Changes

15

Contemporary International Relations

Theory

15

International Organization

15

The Modern Middle East

15

African Politics

15

International Relations of Eurasia

15

The Practice of Politics

15

The Practice of Politics

15

Work Experience

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Economics Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Dynamic Macroeconomics  ECO-30033

15

Choose a minimum of one of the following

 
   

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048 1, 2

15

   

Advanced Topics in Microeconomics  ECO-30047

15

   

Applied Econometrics 3

15

   

Corporate Finance ECO-30039 2

15

   

Additional options

 
   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-90004 5

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-90005 6

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

None

 

Choose a minimum of one of the following:

 
   

International Finance ECO-30037

15

   

Labour Economics ECO-30046

15

   

Data Analysis (ISP) 4

15

Note:

  1. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  2. Prerequisite Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017
  3. Prerequisite  Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  4. Prerequisite Applied Econometrics. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area.
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  6. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Politics Year 3 (Level 6) (2 or more modules)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Russia and Europe

15

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

The Left in Modern Politics

15

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

Modern Russia

15

The Northern Dimension

15

Proliferation

15

Environmentalism, Environmental

Movements and Protest

15

Britain and war since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

The Missing Dimension

15

Politics of Development

15

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

Policing International Order

15

Gendering Global Politics

15

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

The U.S. Presidency

15

Urban Politics

15

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Economics in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Advanced Topics in Microeconomics  ECO-30047

15

choose a minimum of one of the following:

 

Applied Econometrics 1

15

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048  2, 3

15

Dynamic Macroeconomics  ECO-30033

 

SME Live Project

15

   

Corporate Finance ECO-30039 3

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900056

15

       

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Data Analysis (ISP) 4

15

Choose a minimum of one of the following:

 

International Finance ECO-30037

15

Labour Economics ECO-30046

15

   

Industrial Organisation ECO-30046

15

Notes:

  1. Prerequisite Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  2. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  3. Prerequisite Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017
  4. Prerequisite Applied Econometrics
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  6. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Economics.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

 

If you choose to specialise in Politics in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Modern Russia

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

The Northern Dimension

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

   

The U.S. Presidency

15

   

Urban Politics

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az








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