GV482      Half Unit
Political Science and Political Economy: Advanced Topics

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Valentino Larcinese


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy and MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students should either have attended GV481 or be able to show a sufficiently strong background in political economy and in statistics in order to take this course.

Course content

This course presents cutting-edge research material on some specific topics. The topics vary each year and, in the past, have included identification and causality in empirical research, mass media and voting behaviour, the design of electoral systems, text analysis, the repeal of corn laws, deliberation and monetary policy. A number of guest teacher are invited each year to illustrate the state of the art in their research field and to cover some of their own research.


22 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to give at least one presentation and to submit a piece of formative work (problem set/ essay)

Indicative reading

Mostly journal articles. The reading list varies each year.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words).

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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