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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

Introduction into this course

Welcome to this course! Here we present the instructor and his team, what we will do in the upcoming modules, and what is exactly Political Economy. You play an important role in this module. We would also like to hear who you are and what are your expectations from this course. Don't forget to read before that our academic standards and tips and tricks that will help you succeed in this course. Good luck!

4 videos (Total 22 min), 7 readings
4 videos
International Political Economy6m
7 readings
Meet the instructor & his team5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey10m
Tips for studying online5m
Being successful in an international virtual learning community5m
Behaving in an academic way5m
Reading for International Political Economy30m
2 hours to complete

Data used in Political Economy

Basic Data. Reviews the basic data of population, output and development used to make international comparisons between countries.

11 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Visualization: World Map of Population2m
Output (GDP current values)6m
Visualization: World Map of GDP (Current Values)3m
Output (GDP PPP)7m
Visualization: World Map of GDP PPP3m
Visualization: World Map of Human Development Index3m
1 reading
Reading for Data in Political Economy30m
1 practice exercise
Data used in Political Economy20m
2 hours to complete


Trust. Argues for the centrality of trust in explanations of differences in wealth and poverty between nations but highlights difficulties in measuring it and in explaining the direct of causality.

6 videos (Total 44 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Visualization: World Map of Trust3m
Causes and Consequences8m
Correlation and Regression8m
1 reading
Reading for Trust30m
1 practice exercise
2 hours to complete

Society and Fragmentation

Inequality and Fragmentation. Examines how society can be fragmented along lines of religion, language, ethnicity and income

9 videos (Total 52 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
9 videos
Visualization: World Map of Linguistic Diversity2m
Religious Fragmentation6m
Visualization: World Map of Religious Diversity1m
Income and Wealth Inequality9m
Visualization: World Map of Income Inequality4m
Inequality, Fragmentation and Trust8m
1 reading
Society and Fragmentation30m
1 practice exercise
Society and Fragmentation20m
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Top reviews from Political Economy of Institutions and Development

By HTJan 17th 2018

It was really an amazing course. I like Prof Griffith's approach and his diligence. I have learnt a lot and the course helped me to sharpen my understanding about political economy. Thanks a lot.

By HLOct 17th 2017

It was very engaging with an appropriate mix of qualitative and quantitative. I particularly enjoyed the walk through the great thinkers at week 11.



Richard Thomas Griffiths

Prof. dr.
Faculty of Humanities

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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  • The book 'Configuring the World. A critical Political Economy approach' (April 2016) was written by Prof. Richard Griffiths and is available through www.configuringtheworld.com or HIPEresearch.com - $32.49 for a hard cover / $9.99 for an ebook

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