Politics and Economics (BSc Econ)

An understanding of economics deepens our understanding of politics and vice versa making Politics and Economics an ideal study combination.

Politics is a fascinating subject that has a significant impact on our everyday lives. The field of politics allows students to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability.

This programme aims to enable you to develop a thorough understanding of economic analysis and to encourage you to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wide range of social and political issues.

Studying Economics at Cardiff will provide you with rigorous training that will be a useful grounding for your future career.

Is austerity economics the way to more sustained economic growth in the future? Should Europe retain the single currency? How can the NHS be reformed to increase efficiency and equity? These are just some of the many issues and debates which may lead students to study Economics with Politics.

An Economics degree at Cardiff University provides students with a thorough understanding of economic analysis and aims to stimulate students to value this analysis in understanding economic problems and a wider range of social and political issues.

As Economics is a numerate subject, some modules have a quantitative element. Whilst all students undertake a module in applied statistics in the first year, for Politics and Economics students the Year 2 and Year 3 specialist econometric modules are optional.

Key facts

UCAS CodeLL12
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
Typical places available
Typical applications received
Typical A level offerNormally, grades AAB from any combination of three A-level subjects excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34 points. Minimum of 5 in standard level Maths and English.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Politics and International Relations, Economics

Admissions tutor(s)

Mr Jonathan Kirkup, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. The degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.

Year one

You start by studying core Politics and Economics modules.

Year two

In your second and final years you choose half your modules (in terms of credits) from Politics and half from Economics.

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
International Economic HistoryBS355620 credits
EconometricsBS355120 credits
Labour EconomicsBS355820 credits
Microeconomic AnalysisBS356620 credits
Macroeconomic AnalysisBS356520 credits
International TradeBS356820 credits
Industrial EconomicsBS357220 credits
Economics of BankingBS357120 credits
International FinanceBS355520 credits
Financial EconomicsBS355420 credits
The Economics of DevelopmentBS357320 credits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL938820 credits
European Mind in the 20th CenturyPL939020 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
International Politics of the Middle EastPL937520 credits
The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsPL937620 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
Social WelfareBS357420 credits
The History of Thought in International RelationsPL931120 credits
Political Economy and the Devolved UKPL931220 credits
Female Voices in Political TheoryPL931320 credits
Justice and the Politics of International LawPL939720 credits
Free Speech in a Multicultural SocietyPL931420 credits
The Politics of Violence and the Violence of PoliticsPL931520 credits
Devolution in Practice: Welsh Law and Politics Work PlacementPL931020 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Politics

Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.

Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.

Economics

Cardiff Business School's teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons from their most recent research into the classroom, giving students access to the latest information and critical business thinking.

You will find that the phrase 'learning and teaching' is commonly used in UK universities. This phrase emphasises the two-way nature of the process in which you will be taking part. You, we hope, will be doing the learning; we will be providing not only teaching, but also many other things which contribute to a good environment for learning, such as computer resources, a  well-stocked library, suitable lecture rooms, and so on.

The Business School and University will provide good quality teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to the needs and views of you, our students. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (classes/seminars/workshops/tutorials). 

In the lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of an aspect of the module content (as well as giving opportunities for the student to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Independent study

All modules will require a considerable element of independent study alongside the formal scheduled teaching. Independent study is designed so that you can expand on the knowledge given to you during lectures, seminars and tutorials. Independent study is an important component of Higher Education because it helps you to develop the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation, which in turn leads to you developing transferable skills, helps you to learn how to respond to change and it is key to ensuring that you have sufficient understanding of the subject you are studying. The amount of independent study you are expected to undertake will increase throughout the duration of your degree as your expertise also increases.

Office hours

All academic staff in the Business School have designated office hours when they are available to meet with students and these are posted on their office doors along with their contact details. Office hours provide an important source of contact with your lecturers and enable you to ask questions you may not wish to ask in a large class setting. This time can help you to clarify anything you have been taught that is unclear or can give you advice on further reading or preparation for assignments.

Personal tutors

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree programme and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. It is normally the personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. Students are required to meet with their personal tutors at three points during the year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

Politics

In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

Economics

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Economics is an intellectually stimulating discipline and the skills of Economics graduates are often in demand by employers in both the public and private sector. Some Economics graduates take a period of additional training after completing their degree, a postgraduate course perhaps or a further training course which will allow them to convert to another profession such as accountancy or law. Whatever career you pursue, the skills acquired during your Economics degree (problem solving ability, quantitative techniques, analytical skills etc), will undoubtedly be welcomed by employers.

In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.

Jobs

  • Journalist
  • Government officer
  • Manager
  • Publisher
  • Lawyer
  • Banker
  • Accountant
  • Policy researcher
  • Civil servant

Duration

3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

Cardiff Business School admits around 550 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics admits around 230 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Applications received

Typical applications received

The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics = 1300

Cardiff Business School = 3500

Accreditations

QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

Politics and International Relations, Economics

Overview and aims of this course/programme

Politics

Politics at Cardiff is an exciting, extensive and challenging academic programme which covers a broad range of areas in the study of Politics, including International Relations, Political theory, European Union, domestic political systems and public policy.

Our students can study not just Single Honours Politics, but also International Relations & Politics and Joint Honours Politics with a wide range of other subjects, including Law, Economics, Sociology, History, Languages and other Arts subjects. Further our Cardiff-Bordeaux programme, which is an innovative four-year scheme, allows students to obtain both a Cardiff Politics Bachelor's degree and a Bordeaux Politics diplomafrom the prestigious Sciences Po in Bordeaux (one of nine Instituts d'Etudes Politiques in France).

In the Politics programme we aim at

·         Providing a flexible structure that facilitates a broad and balanced education in the key areas of politics

·         Producing  graduates with the intellectual and employability skills appropriate both for further study and for a range of working environments

·         Providing opportunities for students to fulfil their academic potential, acquire research and transferable skills, maximise their career potential and achieve personal growth

·         Providing students with a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of politics.

A degree in politics from Cardiff is highly respected by employers, both within the political environment and outside. Our graduates are able to demonstrate a wide portfolio of acquired skills, such as oral and written communication skills, research skills and analysis, teamwork, self-management and problem solving skills which are in demand across both public and private sectors.

Economics

The overall aim of the undergraduate joint programmes between Economics and Humanities is to provide students with an understanding of the method, content and scope of economic analysis and of the particular Humanities subject they follow.  The programmes equip students with a thorough grounding in the theory and techniques of the core subject areas of the disciplines studied. They offer a non quantitative approach to economics.  They look to stimulate students to appreciate the value of economics and of the humanities in understanding a wide range of social issues. 

The programmes offer students the opportunity across the three/four years of study to follow a number of economics modules that complement the humanities’ modules they choose. These include economic history, social economics, the economics of the EU, public finance, economic thought and welfare economics The programmes encourages a range of transferable skills that will be of value to students in their subsequent careers.

Specifically the Economics Component of the Joint Programmes with Humanitiesaims to:

·      inform students of the main features of the UK economy and the key changes that have taken place recently.

·      provide students with a sound understanding of the method, content and scope of economic analysis and a thorough grounding in the core subject areas.

·      introduce students to applied material in industrial economics, monetary economics and international trade.

·      provide students with an appreciation of the value of economic analysis in understanding a wide range of social issues.

·      develop in students the ability to apply economic analysis to theoretical debates in economics and to assess alternative arguments.

·      introduce students to data and research on the UK economy.

·      encourage students to apply economic analysis to evaluate alternative policy options.

What should I know about year five?

·         Attend all Lectures and seminars

·         Engage with all forms of in-course assessment to allow self-reflection on progress towards the learning outcomes

·         Engage in independent study in addition to taught study. Increasing independence of learning is expected as the programme progresses

·         To complete the required reading and self-directed study.

·         Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.

How is this course/programme structured?

The economics with humanities programmes are generally full-time 3 year programmes of study, involving compulsory and optional modules.  However, if they involve a language, some are four year programmes.  Students normally attain 120 credits each year and 360 in total.

Approximately one half of the modules the students complete are taught by the Business School’s Economics Section as part of the single honours Economics Degree Programme.  Approximately one half are taught by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Studies as part of their degree programmes. In year 1, only a third of module content is in economics, comprising a maximum of 40 credits.

Teaching and learning aspects of the programmes, particularly the economics elements, come within the remit of the Economic Board of Studies.  Full details of the programme structure, requirements, modules and credits are set out in the Business School’s Module Catalogue.

What should I know about year four?

Any equipment required will be supplied by the School

What should I know about year three?

Poltiics

This degree programme will allow you to develop a number of valuable skills. Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:

·           Gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;

·           Develop a reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement;

·           Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback;

·           Manage their own learning self-critically.

·           Communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;

·           Use communications and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information;

·           Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management;

·           Collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals. 

Economics

Please see Learning Outcomes

What should I know about the preliminary year?

Politics

 The Politics programme uses several different methods of teaching and learning. During your degree, you will attend lectures and participate in seminars. The lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi. The Seminars are kept small and usually average between 12-15 students. It provides an opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist students to integrate the information and ideas received from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. The seminars are also designed to give students an ample opportunity to participate and to provide close contact between them and members of the academic staff.

Furthermore, the programme is delivered through students’ independent reading, preparation of essays and presentations, as well as feedback on essays and presentations by academic staff.

We also host guest lectures, as an extracurricular activity, which features visiting guest speakers, usually eminent practitioners and academics involved in various aspects of international relations and politics.

Economics

A Knowledge and Understanding 

Core knowledge and understanding is taught and learnt through lectures, class materials and assigned reading, and this is further developed through the reading associated with written coursework. Worksheets and classes provide the means of reinforcing knowledge and understanding.

More advanced knowledge and understanding is acquired and developed by independent study, assignment & project work, library & computer based learning.

B Intellectual Skills     

Intellectual skills are acquired and applied through lectures, tutorials, class group work and exposure to relevant literature.  Work on the different modules and staff in the programme confronts the student with different methodologies and approaches.

Intellectual skills are developed progressively over the three/four years through classwork, coursework, written work and independent study.

C  Discipline Specific Skills

The students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own studies, and to think and work as independent learners, supported by teaching and the tutor system.

Economics discipline specific skills are acquired and applied through lectures, tutorials, class group work and exposure to relevant literature.  The different economics and humanities modules expose the student to a range of methodologies and approaches.

Discipline specific skills are developed progressively over the three/four years through classwork, coursework, written work and independent study.

What should I know about year one?

Politics

These programmes are assessed mainly by essays and examinations. Other forms of assessment include seminar presentations, class tests, book and article reviews, and dissertation.

Economics

A Knowledge and Understanding 

Knowledge and understanding are assessed summatively though coursework, computer exercises, assignments and projects, class tests and examinations.

Formative assessment is provided orally in classes for classwork. For coursework it is provided through general handouts and/or verbal explanation during a lecture.  Individual feedback, indicating, errors, strengths, weaknesses and direction for improvement is offered to each student.

B Intellectual Skills     

Intellectual skills are assessed summatively though coursework, computer exercises, assignments and projects, class tests and examinations.

Formative assessment is provided orally in classes for classwork. According to the level and the student’s individual intellectual development, feedback focuses on application, analytical skills and the development of critical abilities.                                                                                                                        

C  Discipline Specific Skills

Economics discipline specific skills are assessed summatively though coursework, computer exercises, assignments and projects, class tests and examinations.

Formative assessment is provided orally in classes for classwork. According to the level and the student’s individual intellectual development, feedback will focus on analytical skills and the development of critical abilities.

Other information

  • Each module uses the Central Learning website, a Virtual Learning Environment at Cardiff University. Through the Central Learning site you will have access to relevant materials for the module, such as multimedia materials, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, discussion groups, etc.
  • Academic Tutors have office hours for students to meet and discuss any learning queries as well as the opportunity in seminars.
  • The School has a wide programme of visiting speakers and guest lectures and students are encouraged to attend.
  • There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and on the skills that you will develop through a section on the Central Learning site called Planning Personal Development.
  • Furthermore, centrally the university has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Distinctive features

Politics

Graduates from this programme will be able to:

Politics programmes aim  to develop in students a critical understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including International relations, domestic politics of key European states, European Union politics and political theory, along with a command of associated transferable skills.

Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:

·           Identify and explain the central concepts of political science, and demonstrate familiarity with the vocabulary of political discourse;

·           Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of normative and empirical Political Theory;

·           Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national and European Union levels and international politics embracing global and regional studies;

·           Demonstrate particular expertise in Political Theory and/or European Politics and/or international relations in the case of Joint Honours students, and in the case of Single Honours students: for Political Theory this means a critical understanding of key ideas selected from the history of political thought and contemporary political theory; for European politics this means a critical understanding of the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national, European and/or regional level, along with an awareness of the social, economic and cultural contexts of political behaviour and theoretically-informed views of the factors that account for political change; for international relations this means a critical understanding of the nature of the international system and of global power structures, with main foci in terms of agencies such as States, International Organisations and other Transnational actors, along with an awareness of international political theories;

·           Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

·           Apply different concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and behaviour;

·           Examine and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events;

·           Make use of contemporary research, such as articles in refereed journals. 

Economics

Students who gain the award will have demonstrated achievement of the following economics Learning Outcomes:

A  Knowledge and understanding

Upon completion of the Economics Joint Programmes with Humanities a typical student should:

·      be familiar with the main features of, and recent changes in, the British economy.

·      have a sound understanding of the foundations of economic theory and contemporary problems.

·      be familiar with the main forms and sources of economic data and how they are used in economic analysis.

·      understand the key current economic policy debates.

·      have a basic understanding ofthe differences in methodology and analysis distinguishing economics from the humanities.

·      recognisehow economics can complement other academic approaches to specific social problems.

B Intellectual Skills     

Upon completion of the Economics Joint Programmes with Humanities a typical student should be able to:

·      appreciate the main areas of debate over the recent and current performance of the UK economy.

·      apply theoretical ideas to analyse contemporary problems and particular aspects of UK economic performance.

·      explain and critically evaluate specific economic theories.

·      work with economic data and statistics on topics they have covered.

·      analyse and evaluate social problems using the ideas, arguments and evidence of economics.

·      appreciate the limitations of economic methodology and analysis, and thereby recognise where and how  alternative approaches might generate valuable insights.

·      recognise the potential for bringing together economic and the humanities to better understand society and social welfare issues.   

C  Discipline Specific Skills

Across the various economics modules of the economics with humanities programmes, students are introduced to, acquire and are assessed on a variety of transferable economics discipline-specific skills. Upon completion of the programme a typical student should be able to:

·         simplify complex economic decision-making situations to produce analytical frameworks that facilitate both understanding and efficient problem solving.

·         apply deductive reasoning and logical analysis to economic issues.

·         integrate data, factual information, and research findings in an appropriate manner.

·         model economic behaviour, identifying key variables and relationships, determining predictions, and developing the comparative statics.

·         recognise the relevance of opportunity costs and marginal analysis to business decision making.

·         identify and analyse the ramifications of government and international policy for the development of firms, markets and the economy.

·         understand and evaluate the role of incentives and strategic thinking in determining individual agents’ behaviour and therefore in achieving economic goals.

·         evaluate current economic thinking and challenge established government policy.

·         compare and contrast different academic methodologies, and to develop an integrated approach to the relationship between the economy and other important aspects of social life.     

How will I be taught?

Politics

·      the opportunity to pursue a degree programme which develops the skills that are relevant to the academic world and the world of work alike

·      the emphasis on practical research skills that will benefit you throughout your career

·      the emphasis placed on independent learning in a supportive environment

·      Further information on schemes, modules, teaching methods and assessment can be found on the Politics website.

Economics

The distinctive features of the economics with humanities programmes include:

·         the opportunity to study in two subject areas and therefore experience two different social science perspectives;

·         the experience of learning within different teaching environments, interacting with students and staff across the university;

·         the opportunity to study in two main disciplines and therefore to appreciate the debates on the individual and society from different perspectives;

·         the intellectual challenge derived from exposure to critical analysis across the social sciences and the humanities;

·         the wide variety of modules and subject areas available to students within Economics, and across the Humanities;

Admissions tutors

Mr Jonathan Kirkup, Admissions Tutor


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