Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme addresses the practice of politics in the ‘real'world’, in which every political choice is simultaneously an economic act, and every economic decision has indelible political consequences.

By studying the connections between economics, politics, and public policy, you’ll explore how political conflict and economic cooperation go hand in hand. You’ll see that the most important political questions we face concern the economic rules we use to coordinate our activity.

You’ll develop the tools to explore and understand these political economic questions. You’ll see that the government actors who seek to address these questions in practice–from the most powerful Cabinet ministers to the bureaucrats who work at the street level–face the same basic dilemmas and difficulties as every other human in history. Put differently, our political economic questions and problems are inescapably social, and have their roots in even the most mundane of our daily activities.

It has taken economists almost a hundred years for economists to fully understand this, and you’ll see on this programme that the political, social and economic implications of this fact have still yet to be elaborated.

With the skills provided by, and in the modules studied within the BA Economics, Politics and Public Policy degree programme, you’ll be a part of this fascinating on'going project.

Course Modules

At Level 4 students take the following compulsory modules:

Political Theory and Ideologies

UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics

World Politics

Students also take either: Introduction to Political Economy and Introduction to Economic Policy or Introductory Economics.

At Level 5 students study either: Political Economy or Topics in International Economics and International Political Economy 1. Their remaining 90 credits are made up from the list of options currently available in the Department.

At Level 6 students write a research dissertation worth 30 credits and also select 60 credits from the following Political Economy/Economics modules:

New Radical Political Economy

Finance and the Global Political Economy

Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection

International Political Economy 2

Liberal Government and Power

The Politics and Economics of Immigration

The remaining 30 credits are then taken from the available list of modules in the Department.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees