Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
At level 4 you take four introductory modules worth 30 credits each:
- Ideas, Ideologies and Conflicts is an introduction to political theory and an exploration of why central political ideas and concepts influence our understanding of the world around us.
- Political Economy and Public Policy provides an introduction to the main theories and concepts in economics, and to debates about major issues in public policy that are informed by economic analysis.
- UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics introduces the comparative approach to politics and government, in addition to building a foundation understanding of the politics and governance of four key members of the European Union: the UK, Germany, Italy and France.
- World Politics takes a critical look at the study of world politics, emphasising that there are different and competing perspectives on how to approach the subject, drawing on perspectives from both international relations and international studies.
Each unit is assessed by one essay and a two-hour unseen examination.
Levels 5 and 6
At level 5 you must take at least one 30-credit Politics unit from a range of choices which currently includes:
- An(other) Japan: Politics and Popular Culture (30 credits)
- An(other) IR (15 credits) (subject to approval)
- Chinese Politics (30 credits)
- Comparative European Politics (30 credits)
- Contemporary International Relations Theories (15 credits) (subject to approval)
- Life: a User’s Manual (30 credits)
- Modern Political Theory (30 credits)
- Political Economy (30 credits)
- Themes and Issues in British Politics since 1945 (30 credits)
And at least one 30-credit Economics unit from a range of choices which currently includes:
- Africa in the Global Political Economy (30 credits)
- Political Economy (30 credits)
And a further 60 credits chosen either from the lists above or 30 credits from the list above and 30 credit unit approved from another department at Goldsmiths.
At level 6 you are required to write a dissertation on a subject of your choice in the broad disciplines of politics, public policy and economics.
You must also take at least 30 credits from a range of choices which currently includes:
- Anarchism (15 credits)
- An(other) China (15 credits)
- Art War Terror (15 credits)
- Britain in the EU (15 credits) (subject to approval)
- European Union and Immigration: The Contours, Politics and Economics of New Policy Domain (15 credits)
- Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention (15 credits)
- Party Systems and Electoral Systems (15 credits)
- Politics and Welfare (15 credits)
- Politics of the African City (15 credits)
- Beyond all Reason (15 credits)
- Public Policy Analysis (15 credits)
- Discourse, Power and Politics (15 credits)
- Rhetoric and Politics (15 credits)
- Risk and Politics: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
- Technology and Political Mobilisation (15 credits) (subject to approval)
At least 30 credits of Economics units from a range of choices, which currently includes:
- Political Economy of the European Union (30 credits)
- New Radical Political Economy (30 credits)
And a further 30 credits chosen either from the above lists.
Find out more about the units listed above.
To be awarded a degree in Economics, Politics and Public Policy you need to take at least 120 credits of politics units and at least 120 credits of economics units over the entire length of the degree.
Most units in the first and second years are assessed by a combination of written essays and unseen examinations. In the third year, there is a greater focus on coursework, and a substantial dissertation on a topic chosen by you.