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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History and Business

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History and Business Programme codeUFA3HPSSBECA
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This degree programme brings together a historical focus to a range of issues and challenges facing societies today with a range of skills and knowledge for the modern business world. It equips you with the critical skills required in both History and Business Studies to understand the power of the past in shaping the present and the range of organizational, economic, and institutional forms that impact our lives today. Studying History and Business together will give you a better understanding modern issues such as globalization; ethnic conflict; organizational models and behaviours; migration and displacement; scientific and technological change; the climate and environmental crisis; and sustainable approaches. You will study the forces of state-building, empire, modernity, colonialism, racism and capitalism over time and across geographical space as well as thinking about what might constitute responsible business activity in the future. You will investigate patterns of continuity as well as change and how these can impact all aspects of social and work life. Not only will you become confident in analysing and challenging traditional theories and assumptions, you will also develop critical skills in archival research, interpretation, global connectivity, management and entrepreneurial activity, and economic challenges of the future.

As with all our degrees, research is integral to our work as a department and members of staff are nationally and internationally recognized for the intellectual contributions, research activities and publications they have made in their fields. Our historical expertise is concentrated in the modern period, from the sixteenth century to the present day, incorporating social and cultural history, political and intellectual history, local and global histories across a range of geographical areas, including the Far and Middle East, Europe, Ireland and Britain and the Americas. You will benefit from world-class research-led teaching and will join a close-knit community of scholars and students.

Both History and Business will involve practical skills and engagement with real world applications of what you learn. Employability skills are embedded in the degree, with opportunities to study and work within public history and heritage organizations or gain experience within the private sector. Flexibility is central to the degree, meaning you can pursue your own interests through a range of elective modules offering a range of different types of pedagogical and practical experience.

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

This programme is intended to help you develop your research and analytical skills required in History and Business through a structured framework of study.

The programme further aims to:

  • Offer you an excellent Honours-level education in History and Business
  • Introduce you to a wide range of historical problems and the main analytical and critical approaches of the discipline.
  • Cover all core aspects of business, as well as the relationship between business and society, sustainable business practices and the role of technology in business.
  • Incorporate extensive work placements allowing you to build a portfolio of proven work experience and practical as well as transferrable skills, from project management through to business consultancy in both the private and third sectors.
  • Produce graduates who can engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems in both disciplines by critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.
  • Develop independent critical thinking and judgement.
  • Foster a range of academic and personal skills necessary for further study or employment after your degree.

4. Programme Structure

The BA (Hons) History and Business 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.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

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

You must ensure you complete a minimum of 150 credits in each discipline across the programme, with a minimum of 30 credits in each at Stage 3.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

 

Stage 1


Stage 1: 90 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits from Business and 30 credits from History. Students must pick the 30 remaining credits from History option modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC1604 New Approaches to History 15No
HIC1602 Crafts of Research and Writing 15No
BEP1010 Business and Society 15No
BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations 15No
BEP1080 Theory and Practice of Management 15No
BEP1160 Business History 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISP S1 BA CH His&Bus opt 2023-4
HIC1306 World History: Globalisation 15 No
HIC1605 European History: Politics and Society 15 No
HIC1603 Public History 15 No
HIC1305 World History: Science, Environment and Sustainability 15 No
HIC1007 People's History: Sources and Skills 15 No

Stage 2


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

Students must pick 60 credits of optional modules from Business and 30 credits of optional modules from History

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISP S2 BA CH His&Bus 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
HIC2334 Germany 1500-Present: A Cultural History 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
BEP2040 Strategic Concepts for Business 15 No
BEP2210 Circular Enterprise Economy 15 No
BEP2120 Digital Technologies and the Future of Work 15 No
BEP2100 European Study 0 No
BEP2070 Social Enterprise Management 15 No

Stage 3


Stage 3: 30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules - a minimum of 30 credits in each subject, and a maximum of 60 in either.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC3042 Interdisciplinary Final-Year Dissertation - Business 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HISP SF BA CH His&Bus 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
HUC3046 Negotiating Postcoloniality: History and Politics of Independent India 30 No
BEP3030 Globalisation and Internationalisation 15 No
BEP3010 Social and Technological Innovation 15 No
BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series) 15 No
BEP3070 Crisis: Change and Creativity in Organisations 15 No
BEP3011 Business and Climate Change 15 No
BEP2300 History of Black Entrepreneurship 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. Identify History and Business as linked fields.
2. Demonstrate understanding of the distinctive character and terminology employed both in History and Business Studies
3. Showcase an excellent critical and creative understanding of the use and significance of humanities-led research on issues of responsible business practice
4. Critically analyse recurring themes in both disciplines such as nature, culture, history, narrative, justice, sustainability, extractivism, decolonialism, political ecology, circular economy, Anthropocene
5. Demonstrate knowledge of dominant theories, methods and debates informing both the fields of History and Business Studies
6. Demonstrate critical and creative approaches to current and future business practices
7. Demonstrate an ability to communicate complex ideas surrounding sustainable practice in a real world context.

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 of History and Business study will increase over the course of the programme, culminating in the third year Dissertation or Placement modules. 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 – 7 are introduced in the core modules across the two disciplines at first year

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 or placement.

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:

8. Apply critical skills in the close, detailed analysis of textual and visual material.
9. Understand and engage critically with a variety of different disciplinary practices.
10. Critically evaluate various different forms of evidence in order to demonstrate understanding of audience, authorships, context (historical), production and intended audience.
11. Communicate effectively and coherently independent ideas central to both disciplines
12. Command a broad range of critical terminology employed across both academic and business sectors
13. Work collaboratively in workshops and assignments that require creative and sensitive responses to problem solving
14. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the Humanities & Business disciplines, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

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.

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 or placement.

 

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:

14. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
15. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of primary and secondary material.
16. 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.
17. Apply research skills for literary and historical material, and analyse, interpret and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its usefulness
18. Critically evaluate and deploy a variety of theoretical positions in both disciplines, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
19. Develop independent thought and judgment.
20. Collaborate with others in group work and activities, and work towards collective outcomes and solutions.
21. Plan and execute written and other forms of assessment
22. Work under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines.
23. Employ IT skills, including the ability to access and assess electronic material.

Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, work experience 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

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 Business

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

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision