Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3206: The Political Economy of the State

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content might vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:  

Term 1 The historical evolution of capitalism and nation-states

  1. The development of modern European states: institutions and capacity
  2. Capitalism and ‘the first wave of democratization’
  3. Gender and economic and political change 
  4. Social spend, the welfare state and democracy
  5. State led growth ’

Term 2 Varieties of capitalism in a global economy

  1. ‘Varieties of Capitalism’
  2. Varieties of Capitalism beyond ‘the core’
  3. The transformation of labour markets and institutions
  4. Digital economy, platforms and regulation
  5. Welfare and equality in contemporary capitalism

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 hour 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