BA Economics and Politics
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This course allows you to explore the institutions and practices of modern political systems, alongside the institutions, principles and theories of economics.
You’ll develop in-depth understanding of the economic factors influencing income, wealth and wellbeing, as well as the ways in which they influence public policy. You’ll study microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as gaining a foundation in political theory, international relations, development studies and systems of government.
A wide range of optional modules across both subjects will also allow you to shape your degree to your own interests and career plans – from security studies and international relations to transport, health, business or environmental economics. You can even draw the two subjects together with studies in monetary policy, economic development, the political economy of work and many others.
In Year 1 you’ll explore key concepts and debates in economics, as well as gaining the mathematical skills that you’ll need for economic analysis. You’ll also develop the critical and research skills you need to study politics, and learn about political theory and different political systems.
Core modules in Year 2 will give you a broad and deep understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and you’ll be introduced to econometrics. In addition, you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules in both subjects so you can begin to develop your own interests.
These will include one module on political theory and others focusing on governments and political systems, as well as a broader range of topic such as security studies, theories of development and international relations. In economics, you could learn more about theories of economic growth or macroeconomic policy, as well as specialised modules in transport, labour or health economics among others.
In your final year you’ll apply your knowledge and skills to your dissertation - an independent research project on a topic of your choice. Around this, you’ll build your own programme of study in both subjects, with topics as diverse as economic development, global economic co-ordination, political psychology, international banking and finance or gender and violence.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Economics and Global History 10 credits
- Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
- Studying and Researching in POLIS 5 credits
- Comparative Politics 20 credits
- Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas 20 credits
- Mathematical Economics 10 credits
- Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 (for those without A-level Mathematics) 10 credits
- Statistics for Economics and Business 1 (for those with A-level mathematics with Mechanics) 10 credits
- Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
- Introduction to Econometrics 10 credits
- Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
- Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century OR Justice, Community and Conflict 20 credits
- Introduction to Health Economics 10 credits
- Industrial Economics 10 credits
- Macroeconomic Policy and Performance in Britain 10 credits
- How to be a Successful Policy Economist 10 credits
- British Central Government 20 credits
- Spin Doctors and Electioneering 20 credits
- State and Politics in Africa 20 credits
- Theories of International Relations 20 credits
- Security Studies 20 credits
- Dissertation 40 credits
- Environmental Economics 10 credits
- Modern Theories of Money and Monetary Policy 10 credits
- Global Economic Coordination and Governance 10 credits
- The Political Economy of Work 10 credits
- The End of British Politics? 20 credits
- Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe 20 credits
- Britain and the EU 20 credits
- Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience 20 credits
- Feminist Challenges to Political Theory 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you gain diverse skills. These will include seminars and workshops where you can discuss in more depth the topics set out in traditional lectures. We emphasise the importance of participation, presentation skills and group work.
The teaching structure varies depending on your level of study – for example, in Year 1 you might expect to have six or seven lectures and three or four seminars per week. However, independent study is also a vital element of the course, as it allows you to develop your research and critical skills while preparing for taught sessions.
You’ll also have a personal tutor – one of our academics – who will be on hand to offer you guidance and support on academic issues, such as module choices, as well as career and personal matters.
Modules will use a variety of assessment methods. As well as traditional exams, you could also be asked to complete projects based on essays and case studies, policy briefs, group presentations, work logs, research briefs, project proposals or development agency reviews. In your final year you’ll also submit a dissertation.
This degree combines two challenging subjects to equip you with a wide range of subject knowledge, in addition to skills in data analysis, research, critical thinking, communication and presentations that will serve you well in a variety of careers.
Politics provides a strong base for a career in political research and analysis, research bodies, interest groups, political consultancy, lobbying, the media, the civil service, local and national government, NGOs, charities and international organisations like the UN and World Bank. Economics leaves you equally well qualified for roles in management, banking, finance, the civil service and administration.
In addition, you’ll have the varied skill set needed for diverse careers in business, HR, law, broadcasting, journalism, marketing and communications or further study and academia.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.