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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) International Relations

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) International Relations Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS15
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This degree will provide you with an excellent education across the range of international relations topics in a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research. You will gain an appreciation of the historical evolution of the international system, as well as engage with key dilemmas and debates dominating international politics today. We aim to ensure that you’ll be able to understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories in the study of international relations and to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues. This degree will give you a solid grounding in understanding international issues together with the opportunity to specialise in a particular region or special subject, such as foreign policy or area studies.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide an excellent education across the range of International Relations, from core to specialist, in a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research
2. To enable students to appreciate the historical evolution and contemporary character of world politics, from both the system and actor perspectives
3. To enable students to understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories in the study of international relations, and to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events and issues
4. To develop students' competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills
5. To offer students a wide range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree
6. To equip graduates to be questioning and productive members of society





 

4. Programme Structure

Your BA International Relations programme is a three year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into three ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also 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 BA (Hons) International Relations 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.

Depending on your programme you can also take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling and demand.

Stage 1


Stage 1: 45 credits of compulsory modules, 75 credits of optional modules

Three core modules will introduce you to the historical development of the international political system, key theories of international politics and problems in contemporary international politics.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL1017 Globalisation of World Politics 15No
POL1018 The Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century 15No
POL1045 International Politics of the Global South 15No

Optional Modules

Students to choose a minimum of 45 and a maximum of 75 credits from stage 1 of the International Relations Programme.

Please note that modules are subject to change and not all modules are available across all programmes, this is due to timetable, module size constraints and availability.

View option modules here

Stage 2


Stage 2: 60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

You will take four core modules, which build upon foundational study in year one, offering you an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding across the discipline.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL2020 Contemporary Theories of World Politics 15No
POL2057 Security Studies 15No
POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy 15No
POL2128 Introduction to Research Design in Politics and International Relations 15No

Optional Modules

Students to take a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 credits from stage 2 of the International Relations Programme.

Please note that modules are subject to change and not all modules are available across all programmes, this is due to timetable, module size constraints and availability.

View option modules here

Stage 3


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

You will write a dissertation on a topic of personal interest supervised by a member of academic staff.  You’ll study three further optional modules that can be selected from a range of around 15 options. All third year modules take the form of two-hour weekly seminars convened by academic staff with dedicated research expertise in the area concerned.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

Students to take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits from stage 3 of the International Relations Programme.

Please note that modules are subject to change and not all modules are available across all programmes, this is due to timetable, module size constraints and availability.

View option modules here


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. Understand the nature and significance of politics as a global activity
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of historical evolution and contemporary character of world politics
3. Apply concepts and theories to be used in the study of international relations to the analysis of political ideas, practices and issues in the global arena
4. Evaluated different interpretations of world political issues and events.

1-4 are developed in the core level 1 IR modules. Specialist knowledge is then developed in stages 2 and 3  Most politics level 2 and 3 modules are applicable to the development of subject skills in international relations. Nonetheless student choice in these stages is structured to ensure that at least one taught module and a dissertation focusing on an aspect of international relations is taken in stage 2 and stage 3

These skills are summatively assessed through a combination of term-time essays, presentations. The combination of and length of essays, presentations and exams will vary from one module to the next in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies according to credit value in conformity with College Assessment Norms ILOS 1-4

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:

5. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
6. Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and critically analyse subject material
7. Manage own learning self-critically

These skills are developed  throughout the degree programme with progression in 5 and  6 as students move from stage to stage. 7 is developed through self assessment of assignments, staff feedback on formative assignments and student self -appraisal.

5 and 6 term-time essays, oral presentations , examinations and the dissertation. 7 not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement)

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:

8. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing
9. Use information and communication technology (ICT) for the retrieval and presentation of information
10. Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management
11. Collaborate with others to achieve common goals

Presentations, class discussions and written assignments. Group work in tutorials (stages 1 and 2) and tutorials (stage 3)

8 and 10 are assessed through presentations, written assignments, examination and the dissertation. 9 written assignments that require ICTfor the retrieval and presentation of information. 11 not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement)

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

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

As an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies you will be allocated a Personal Tutor at the commencement of your studies.  In normal circumstances your Personal Tutor will remain your tutor throughout your study programme. Your Personal Tutor is normally available through scheduled office hours, but should also see you as a matter of course three or four times a year (depending on your year of study); these meetings may typically commence soon after registration. These meetings will take place once or twice mid-year to discuss your progress and to perhaps consider Personal Development Planning (ePDP) and once to discuss your overall performance. The ePDP is a particularly useful developmental tool which you are encouraged to utilize and which is accessible though the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE).

You should feel that you are able to approach your personal tutor for advice, pastoral support or academic support in a wider sense.

Library, ELE and other resources provided to support this programme:

The Library offers you core services for learning and research.  Whilst the various locations house a large collection of materials and services, many of our resources are available online through this website http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/ for you to use at home, work or wherever you are located for your study. Each discipline has a subject librarian on hand to help you to find resources and we also work with tutors to digitize reading lists for inclusion in the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE).

Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) is used throughout the University to make course materials

available online. You will be able to access module information, presentations, handouts, reading materials as well as interacting with other students and your tutors. Many tutors use ELE to run assessments and set coursework assignments. In addition to the materials provided by your tutors, there are various other resources available on ELE to help you in your studies, for example, you will be able to access your ePDP, the University’s online PDP system, which has been developed to help you keep an ongoing record of your academic, work and extra-curricular experiences, and help you develop action plans and personal statements.

The University provides a range of IT services, including open and training clusters of PCs (available on a 24/7 basis). In the Social Sciences and International Studies College this includes a 24/7 suite in Amory, based in the Law Library and a second one in the St Luke’s Campus Library. These suites are accessible by swiping your university card.  The majority of the College also has access to the university’s wireless network. Network access is

available from the majority of rooms in University halls of residence through the ResNet system.

At St Luke’s there is also a college-based open access suite (South Cloisters 14) providing access to another 20 machines. Entry is again made by use of your university card and it is open from 8.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday. 

All of these suites have the standard ‘palms’ printing systems in them (printing from credit held on your university card).  At the St Luke’s Campus there is also a cash-based printing service at the GSE Print Unit based in South Cloisters.   

Please see link below for further information on the IT Services facilities on the Exeter Campuses: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/media/universityofexeter/forum/public/Study_map_A4_2pp_Term3.pdf

Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and Cornwall campuses.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

 

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

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) International Relations

19. UCAS Code

L250

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date

31/01/2012

Date of last revision

11/01/2021