Each year you will take three course units in Economics and one in Politics.
In the first year, you will take Principles of Economics, Quantitative Methods in Economics I and the Economics Workshop. These will provide the analytical framework of economics and the quantitative and statistical tools used in the field. In the second year, you will take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Methods, and in the final year you will have the choice of three Economics course units, including an optional dissertation, giving you the opportunity to specialise.
You'll also gain a grounding in politics and international relations by analysing and criticising classic and contemporary texts. You'll study the growth of globalisation and its effects on nations, regions and their dealings with each other. Your studies will address questions such as; how have policy makers guided the evolution of the world's different systems of government? Is democracy a universal pattern that can be applied regardless of history and culture? And how well are international institutions performing in advancing human rights and the rule of law?
Throughout the course, you will:
- appreciate and apply the core theories of micro and macroeconomics
- understand and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse and solve economic problems
- map the political currents that have shaped our world and understand how they interact with each other – and how the models underlying them can be challenged
- appreciate the theory and practice of diplomacy, the mechanisms of international consensus-building, and the role of transnational institutions.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
The websites of the Department of Economics and the Department of Politics and International Relations give detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.