Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3079: Money and Policymaking in the US

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Amy McKay (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Policymakers are affected to a largely unknown extent by the money that lobbyists spend pressuring politicians and keeping them in office. We will examine who these lobbyists are, how and when they get what they want from government, how they use money to support their efforts, and most importantly, the effect of lobbying and money on US public policies.  This module will use play-acting simulations and data analysis techniques so that you can investigate for yourself the effects of money in policymaking.  By the end of the module you will have developed a clear conception of the mechanics of lobbying and a sophisticated opinion about the influence of money in policymaking.

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