Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3079: Money and Policymaking in the US

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Topics covered may include the following:  the purpose of interest groups, what lobbying is and how it is done, laws that regulate lobbying and money in the US and other countries, current research on lobbying and policymaking, case studies of lobbying and policymaking, and related topics. Assignments include short strategic memos, one research essay, data analysis using a statistics package, in-class simulations of lobbying and policymaking.

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 & teaching activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study88Preparing for seminars: Reading and research
Guided independent study168Completing assessment tasks: Reading, research and writing

Online Resources

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