Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

BA Economics and Politics (2016 entry)

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In this Section:

Do you want to …

  • debate what democracy and freedom mean?
  • investigate economic theory and explore microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts?
  • examine the great ideological revolutions of modern times?
  • understand the mathematical and statistical tools for economics and business?

If you do, then consider BA Economics and Politics.


BA Economics and Politics will give you a firm grounding in the institutions and practices of modern political systems, and a critical understanding of the economic issues arising in business, public policy and society at large.

You will examine British politics and analyse international issues. You will explore the political systems of other countries and track the evolution of global politics from the rise of the modern state to the present day.

The course also allows you to develop a deep understanding of the economic factors that influence income, wealth and well-being. You will also learn how scarce resources come to be allocated, distributed and utilised today, and such factors may change in the future.

In year one, you explore key concepts and debates within politics and economics, including key statistical and mathematical tools.

In year two, you study microeconomics and begin to broaden your economic and political knowledge through choosing core political and economic modules.

In year three, you create your own programme, choosing economic and political modules that allow you to specialise in your chosen areas of interest.


Year One

Year one introduces you to key concepts and debates within politics and economics, including key statistical and mathematical tools. 

Compulsory modules

Mathematics for Economics and Business explores topics including basic algebra, functions, differentiation, maxima and minima, curve sketching, partial differentiation, Integration, logarithms and exponentials, optimal timing, and analysis, limits and continuity. Statistics for Economics and Business introduces the basic statistical tools that are pre-requisites for understanding economics and business. (exact modules may vary depending on your Mathematics entry level).

Economic Theory and Applications I explores the basic microeconomic concepts of consumption, production, exchange and efficiency, and the macroeconomic concepts of output, employment, consumption, investment and national investment.

Comparative Politics involves the systematic study and comparison of political systems. You will examine the political systems of 3 different nations from across the globe, focusing on their respective political histories, political economies, party systems, social movements and foreign policies.

Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas asks you to consider and then reconsider whether you believe in democracy, freedom, equality and rights, what these ideas mean, whether they are realised in practice and how power really operates in our society

Studying and Researching in POLIS will equip you with the necessary study and research skills to enable them to effectively engage with the studying in the department. It will help you to idenitfy the link between the development of your own research and study skills.

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Discovery modules

You will choose up to two discovery modules in either a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects, from options across the university.

Year Two

Compulsory modules

Intermediate Microeconomics will give you a grounding in microeconomic theory and application, and adopts a partial equilibrium approach, covering consumer optimisation over time and under uncertainty, producer optimisation, production and cost functions, and the theory of the firm.

Intermediate Macroeconomics explores macroeconomic models, and will enable you to apply a wider range of theoretical models to the study of economic problems in macroeconomics.

You will also take a core Methods/Methodology module plus modules that explore Political Theory and Government and Political Systems based research specialisms in the School of Politics and International Studies.

Optional modules

You will choose a number of optional modules from specialist lists in the Business School and the School of Politics and International Studies.

Discovery modules

You will choose one discovery module from across the university.

Year Three

Compulsory modules

You will take a number of modules including a final year dissertation, from a wide-ranging list from Leeds University Business School and the School of Politics and International Studies.

Discovery modules

You will choose one discovery module from across the university.

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