Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3206: The Political Economy of the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics:
1. The development of modern European states
2. The problem of credible commitment in economic policy
3. Sovereign debt
4. Fiscal and state capacity
5. The political economy of economic reform
6. The expansion of the franchise: explanations and consequences
7. The development and reform of civil services
8. The state and infrastructure provision

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2020 Lectures (1 hour each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2020 seminars with student presentations (1 hours each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching4Assessment workshops (2 hours each)
Guided independent study200Reading, thinking and preparing for lectures and tutorials
Guided independent study56Assignment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

The module will be supported by ELE materials, including links to core texts
ELE – vle.exeter.ac.uk