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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History and Geography

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History and Geography Programme codeUFA3HPSGOACB
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This exciting degree programme brings critical focus to a range of issues and challenges facing societies today. It provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn the skills required in History and Geography to better understand how the past shapes the present and how we imagine the future. You will discover how interdisciplinary studies in History and Geography engage with modern issues and challenges, including globalisation, ethnic conflict, migration and displacement, scientific and technological change, and the climate and environmental crisis. The programme allows you to explore the complex interactions between human societies and the physical environment through time and across space. You will come to understand the multiple meanings and interactions of a range of themes and challenges including place and landscape, the local and global, regional and national identity, the politics of sustainability and everyday environmentalism.

Our programmes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to compete in today’s graduate job market. Through your studies in History you will gain invaluable skills in archival research and critical analysis; and through your studies in Geography you will gain further skills in interpretation and fieldwork. The programme offers employability opportunities including work experience with museums, galleries, heritage institutions and similar organisations. From your first-year of study, lecturers and tutors will help you to gain a range of research and transferable skills including independent research, critical approaches to narrative and interpretation, verbal and written communication, and collaborative working. Fieldwork forms an important component of our degree programme, and you will get to enjoy learning on one-day field trips and residential field schools.

As with all our degree programmes, research is integral to the departments of History and Geography and members of staff are nationally and internationally recognised for the intellectual contributions, research activities and publications they have made in their fields. You will benefit from world-class research-led teaching and will join a close-knit community of scholars and students. Our research and teaching culture in Penryn, Cornwall, places emphasis on interdisciplinary thinking and learning.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BA (Hons) History and Geography programme explores the social and physical, historical and spatial interactions that have shaped human history and natural environments. It aims to provide you with a broad understanding of local and global histories and the complex interrelationships between human societies and physical environments to help you develop your research and analytical skills. Through in-class learning and field work, you will discover your interests through curiosity-driven learning across disciplines. You will develop a range of skills that will help you understand and apply your learning in History and Geography through a structured framework of study.

The programme further aims:

  • To offer you an excellent Honours-level education in History and Geography in a friendly, supportive and flexible learning environment.
  • To develop your knowledge and understanding of the skills required in the study of both History and Geography and the importance of cross-disciplinary work and interdisciplinary thinking.
  • To introduce you to a wide range of societal, cultural, political and environmental challenges and the main analytical and critical approaches of each discipline and in dialogue with one another.
  • To encourage you to engage in curiosity driven work in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems in the two disciplines employing critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.
  • To maximise your enjoyment of learning through a stimulating and effective learning environment including lectures, seminars, field-based activities and supervised research projects.
  • To develop your confidence and adaptability as independent learners and critical thinkers.
  • To foster a range of academic and personal skills necessary for further study or employment after your degree through a mixture of methods including essays, oral presentations, group work, seminar participation, independent research, field-courses and workshops.

4. Programme Structure

The BA (Hons) History is a 3-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 stages. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Faculty website:

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

The History and Geography degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Across Stages 2 and 3, students must take a minimum of 105c in each discipline, up to a maximum of 135c in each discipline. Our interdisciplinary dissertations may count as 15c per discipline for this calculation.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Stage 1


Stage 1: 60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC1602 Crafts of Research and Writing 15No
HIC1604 New Approaches to History 15No
GEO1401B Approaches to Geographical Knowledge 15No
GEO1413 The Geography of Cornwall 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISP S1 BA CH His&Geo opt 2023-4
HIC1603 Public History 15 No
HIC1007 People's History: Sources and Skills 15 No
HIC1306 World History: Globalisation 15 No
HIC1305 World History: Science, Environment and Sustainability 15 No
HUM1005 Climate Emergency - An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 15 No
HIC1605 European History: Politics and Society 15 No
GEO1408B Global Issues in Environmental Science 15 No
GEO1410 Introduction to Human Sciences 15 No
GEO1418 Granite Landscapes and Society 15 No
GEO1414 Geography Tutorials 15 No
GEO1419 Introduction to data science 15 No
GEO1405B Earth System Science 15 No

Stage 2


Stage 2: 30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

You must take either HUC2002 OR HIC2200.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities 30No
HIC2200 Public History Project 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISP S2 BA CH His&Geo opt 2023-4
HIC2028 Art and Archaeology in Post-Colonial Nations 15 No
HIC2029 Histories of Everyday Life in Modern Cornwall 15 No
HIC2200 Public History Project 30 No
HIC2316 The Occult in Victorian Britain 15 No
HIC2323 Early Modern History 1500-1700: A Social History 15 No
HIC2324 Organised Crime in USA 15 No
HUC2001 Humanities in the Workplace (Penryn) 15 No
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities 30 No
HUC2012 The Age of Unreason? Modernity and its Discontents 15 No
HUC2013 Enlightenment and the Age of Reason: Philosophy, Politics, Society 15 No
HUC2014 Mapping and the Environmental Imaginary: History, Literature and Politics 15 No
HUC2015 Revolution and Abolition: History and Legacies of the Atlantic Slave Trade 15 No
GEO2442 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy 15 No
GEO2445 Rural Social Issues 15 No
GEO2449 Green Consultants 15 No
GEO2453 Social Innovation Consultants 15 No
GEO2454 Waste and Society 15 No
GEO2458 People and Nature 15 No

Stage 3


Stage 3: 30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC3041 Interdisciplinary Final-Year Dissertation - Geography 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISP SF BA CH His&Geo opt 2023-4
HIC3300 Britain and the Telecommunications Revolution 30 No
HIC3303 The Three Klans: Ethno-Politics in the 19th and 20th Century US 30 No
HIC3310 Regionalism, Localism, and Ideas of Home in Modern European History 30 No
HIC3311 Indigenous History, Colonialism and Identity in Western Canada 30 No
HIC3313 Gender, Power and Identity in Early Modern England 30 No
HUC3016 Irish Stories: History, Politics, Literature and Heritage 30 No
HUC3045 Myth in the Modern World: From the Classics to Conspiracies 30 No
GEO3437B Climate Change and Society 15 No
GEO3457 Geographies of Democracy 15 No
GEO3467 Human-Animal Interactions 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. 1. Offer an excellent Honours-level education in History and Geography that explores the interconnections between the disciplines
2. 2. Introduce you to a wide range of problems dealt with in History and Geography, and the main analytical and critical approaches of the two disciplines.
3. 3. Introduce you to the temporal and spatial relationships in shaping physical environments and human histories.
4. 4. Summarise the diversity and connectedness of places at various spatial and temporal scales.
5. 5. Produce graduates who can engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems by blending detailed and broad levels of critical analysis.
6. 6. Identify and evidence the key theoretical and methodological contribution of History to current societal and environmental challenges dealt with in Geography.

ILOs 1-6 will be developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, student study groups and field work. The degree of knowledge and competency in handling the themes and issues in History and Geography will increase over the course of the programme, culminating in the third year Dissertation module. Optional modules at second and third year most closely relate to staff research specialisms. Teaching methods vary according to each module. Some modules will be team-taught, others will be taught by individual staff.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted.

ILOs 1 – 6 are explicitly introduced in core and optional first year modules. Throughout your degree you will benefit from an emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching and assessment.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, participation diaries, log-books, web-based assessments, creative portfolios, essays, reports, research projects, and the final year dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Evaluate the diversity of approaches to the generation of knowledge and understanding in the disciplines of History and Geography.
8. Apply critical skills in the close, detailed analysis of textual, visual and geographical material.
9. Critically evaluate various different forms of evidence in order to demonstrate understanding of audience, authorships, context (historical), production and intended audience.
10. Command a broad range of critical terminology employed by Historians and Geographers.
11. Work collaboratively in workshops and assignments that require creative engagement with historical and geographical issues and sensitive responses to problem solving.
12. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the Humanities and Social Science disciplines, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

ILOs 7 – 12 These skills are developed throughout the programme in all modules, in lectures, reading groups, workshops, fieldwork and seminars. They are further developed in independent study, written work, and oral work (both in presentation, seminar discussion and field work activities), and reinforced through the range of core and optional modules across all stages. Collaborative and creative work is specifically introduced in HUM1005 Climate Emergency! at level 1, and other optional modules available.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, participation diaries, log-books, web-based assessments, creative portfolios, essays, reports, research projects, and the final year dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

13. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
14. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of primary and secondary material.
15. Assimilate complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive interpretative skills of the subject areas.
16. Apply research skills for historical and geographical material, and analyse, interpret and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its usefulness
17. Collaborate with others in group work and activities, and work towards collective outcomes and solutions.
18. Employ IT skills, including the ability to access and assess electronic material, and effectively interpret quantitative and qualitative data.

ILOs 13 – 18 Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, field work and other learning activities throughout the programme.

The assessment of these skills is maintained throughout the three year programme. through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, creative portfolio work, web-based assessments, essays, field work and projects, group work and final year dissertation or placement.

7. Programme Regulations

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook.

 

Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will have an academic personal tutor for your entire programme of study who is available at advertised ‘office and feedback hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme. A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History and Geography

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

Level 1

23. Dates

Origin Date

25/07/2022

Date of last revision

25/07/2022