Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"
Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"
Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"
Political economy investigates economic issues with a close integration with political, institutional, social and international processes. Major political economy themes include the world economy and international power, technological change and digitalisation, the international organisation of production, changes in employment and labour, income distribution and inequalities, the role of economic policies at the national, European and global levels. The aim of the course is to provide students with:
- an ability to develop research ideas and questions on economic issues into a research project that is relevant, conceptually solid, logically consistent and empirically feasible.
- an understanding of the research themes and streams of literature in political economy and social sciences that may provide the background, context and analytical tools for the research project.
- an ability to identify the appropriate methodological tools – both quantitative and qualitative – for addressing the research questions, including knowledge of relevant databases, selection of case studies, collection of relevant qualitative information.
- an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their project, and of how the results may contribute to scientific knowledge and policy debates.
Provide students with the conceptual, analytical, empirical and policy tools needed to develop a research project on political economy