Undergraduate Module Descriptor


POL3079: Money and Policymaking in the US

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

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

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

Academic staff

Dr Amy McKay (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

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.

Module created

22/01/2014

Last revised

06/03/2015