Programme Specification: MSc Political Economy of Europe * 1. Awarding Body 2. Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body, e.g. ESRC; BPS etc 3. Name of final award 4. Programme Title 5. Duration of the course 6. Based in the Department/Institute: 7. Relevant QAA subject benchmark statements 8. Application Code 9. First written/last amended LSE N/A MSc Political Economy of Europe Full-time 12 months; part-time 24 months European Institute N/A L2EU March 2006 / November 2012 10. The programme aims to: Provide students with an in depth knowledge and understanding of the European economy and polity, including different aspects of capitalism and the welfare state in Europe, economic and political integration, transition and enlargement in Central Europe, combining the main theoretical frameworks of political science, political economy and applied economic analysis. 11. Programme outcomes: knowledge and understanding; skills and other attributes The central objective of the programme is to offer students interested in the integration of capitalist democracies the opportunity to study the politics as well as in the economic outcomes of public policymaking. Students will learn to think like a political economist in the use of comparative case studies, in paying attention to institutional detail and in the evaluation of public policies. On successful completion, MSc students will have acquired the following skills: To produce lucid, coherent, analytic written papers on a topic related to European political-economic integration from an interdisciplinary perspective; To design, conduct and write up a brief research report on a topic of current developments in Europe directly related to their field of study; To make concise, clear, oral presentations based on sound analysis, robust evidence and arguments from more than one discipline; In MT 2010 the EI started a ‘Careers Forum’, in which representatives of possible employers (consultancies, media, lobbying groups, European institutions and their ‘satellites’ in Brussels, etc.) come and talk to students about their type of work. For further information relating to careers. 12. Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated Teaching and learning strategies There is generally a one-hour lecture and a 90 minute seminar per week. Some courses have started to experiment with 2-hr active seminars instead of the lecture + seminar model. In seminars, students give an oral presentation or participate in an equivalent exercise as designed by course conveners. Teaching is based on concepts and requires students to provide evidence for particular theoretical interpretations. Assessment strategies: The primary mode of formative assessment is through mandatory written essays and seminar presentations. Full-unit courses are examined by a three-hour written examination in June. Half-unit courses are examined by a two-hour written examination in June. A number of courses has introduced summative essays that count for 25% of the final mark of the course. The dissertation component, which comprises a quarter of the overall assessment, allows the student to make an in depth study of a topic of his or her own choice. As of the academic year 2010-11, support for the dissertation has been significantly enhanced. Students submit a preliminary proposal, on the basis of which they are assigned a supervisor, who guides them through the process of writing a 2-3000 word essay on the topic of the dissertation at the beginning of Summer Term. These essays, with revisions, form the basis of the final approval of the dissertation project. Additional guidance and advice is available after the exams. 13. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules and awards See the MSc Political Economy of Europe programme regulations. Additional information 14. Criteria for admission to the programme Applicants for the MSc Political Economy of Europe should have a good upper second or first class degree, or a GPA of 3.5 or better in any of the social sciences, including contemporary history and international relations. 15. Indicators of quality Steady demand for the programme and high qualifications required for admission. Consistently good examination results and favourable remarks by External Examiners. Student questionnaires and feedback via student liaison committees. The LSE Careers Centre website provides data on career destinations of LSE graduates. 16. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standard of teaching and learning The Teaching and Learning Centre is available to monitor and observe teaching and offers constructive advice on how to improve the standard of teaching and quality. Departmental TLAC review once every five years. The Teaching Learning and Assessment Committee which regulates all aspects of teaching quality; The Graduate Studies Sub-Committee which oversees all graduate programmes and ensures that significant changes to programmes and courses pass through a sequence of formal stages, so that curricular changes are appropriate and compatible with other developments. Departmental Teaching Committee. SSLC meetings in each term. Course teaching surveys by TQARO The Institute’s system of periodic review for its programmes Essays, Mock Exams, the exam, student evaluation forms, student questionnaires, regular contact with colleagues to discuss student’s progress and improvements to the course. * Formerly MSc European Political Economy until end 2011/12.