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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics and Global Cultural Studies (3-year)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics and Global Cultural Studies (3-year) Programme codeUFA3HPSSML24
Study mode(s)Full Time
Level 1
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Politics and Global Cultural Studies (3-year) programme is an exit route only and not available for direct application.

This programme will give you a thorough grounding in the main themes and methods of two progressive disciplines, Politics and Modern Languages. This Combined Honours degree enables you to divide your time equally between these related subject areas. While at the University of Exeter, you will study half of your modules from Modern Languages and the other half from Politics.

In studying Politics you will gain a sound knowledge of the four principal areas of study: political thought, international relations, comparative government, and public policy. You will also gain a wider understanding of the world by focussing on both the theoretical and practical problems of politics through a combination of core compulsory modules and specialised optional ones. The programme combines an academic grounding in the study of political science with access to current issues and practical experiences.

The Modern Languages side of the programme offers choice between the study of one of seven major languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish), taught by experienced language specialists including native speakers and academic staff at the cutting edge of research in their particular discipline. Progression through the programme will combine the acquisition of language with the study of the literature, history, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice. You will develop a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking your selected language, providing you with valued skills for future careers. A carefully arranged choice of modules enables you to focus more towards language skills or to learn about the society in which a particular language is spoken. These cultural modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, literature and cinema; they complement the language study within the programme and further ground your understanding of the language of your choice.

As a whole, BA Politics and Global Cultural Studies offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing core elements with a choice of specialist topics to suit your individual aspirations and requirements.

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 aims to develop your competence in the subject-specific and research skills required in both Politics and Modern Languages, through extended engagement with your chosen languages and through relevant methodological, critical and theoretical contexts. As you progress through the programme, you will acquire a thorough grounding in the core principles of Politics and Modern Languages through study which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing language, culture, politics and international relations. In Modern Languages modules, you will train towards a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking, writing and listening, with the aim of enabling you to communicate readily in personal and professional arenas. Politics and Modern Languages offer detailed subject knowledge, broad coverage and a wide range of choice. You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring of your progress. You will also be able to develop your independent study skills through individual research.

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in these or in related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject-specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. Politics and Modern Languages encourage you to become a global citizen, a questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including Translation, Museums, Consultancy, Market Research, the Civil Service, Education, Teaching, New Media Industries, Journalism and Publishing, Research, Charities, Information Science, Advertising and Public Relations.

4. Programme Structure

The BA (Hons) Politics and Global Cultural Studies (3-year) is a three-year full-time programme of study at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme may also be taken part-time in up to 6 years. This programme is divided into three stages. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

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.

At all stages, you will take one compulsory language module amounting to 30 credits in total.

On this 3-year programme, transfer to which is permissible in exceptional circumstances only, you are encouraged wherever possible to spend a period of residence in countries where the language of study is spoken during a vacation before progressing to the final stage. The Programme Director for the relevant language discipline can advise you on the most appropriate way of gaining experience of independent learning for your individual circumstances.

Transfer from the 3-year to the 4-year programme is possible up to the end of stage 2. All such transfers are subject to approval by the Director of Education and are only permissible in exceptional circumstances. Where you have completed the degree programme in three years, the words ‘Three-Year Programme' will appear on your degree certificate; otherwise the titles of the 3-year and 4-year versions of a degree programme are identical.

Stage 1


30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language and 90 credits of optional modules (including 60 credits of Politics modules, and 30 consisting of content related to your chosen language.

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

a select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language

b select 60 credits of optional Politics modules

c select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; on the Modern Languages side of your programme, you may select a maximum of 15 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules for the year. Please note that certain modules may only be available to students on Single Honours programmes, or to students who have taken a particular language module. This information will be given in the pre-requisites or co-requisites section of the relevant module descriptor. Please note for students of Modern Languages Portuguese (Single Honours or Combined Honours) MLP1002 is compulsory. For FLC students or other non-Modern Language students, it remains optional

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S1 BA comp language 2020-1 [See note a above]
MLF1001 French Language 30 Yes
MLF1052 French Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLG1001 German Language 30 Yes
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLI1001 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLI1052 Italian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLM1052 Beginners Chinese 30 Yes
MLP1052 Portuguese Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLR1001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLR1030 Russian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLS1001 Spanish Language 30 Yes
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30 Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL S1 BA Politics SH opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
POL1001B State of Britain 15 No
POL1006 State and Society 15 No
POL1017 Globalisation of World Politics 15 No
POL1018 The Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century 15 No
POL1019 Power and Democracy 15 No
POL1020 Politics in Europe 15 No
POL1023 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
POL1025 Classical Political Thought 15 No
POL1026 Early Modern Political Thought 15 No
POL1028 Introduction to Strategic Studies 15 No
POL1045 International Politics of the Global South 15 No
SSI1005 Introduction to Social Data 15 No
SSI1006 Data Analysis in Social Science 1 15 No
MLX S1 BA French opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLF1014 Love and Death in French Culture 15 No
MLF1015 War and Conflict in French Literature 15 No
MLF1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No
MLF1103 The French Language, Present and Past 15 No
MLF1105 An Introduction to French Thought 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15 No
SML1105 Reason and Existence: An Introduction to French Thought 15 No
SML1015 War And Conflict In French Literature 15 No
MLX S1 BA German opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1018 Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film 15 No
MLG1020 Made in Germany: the History and Culture of a Global Brand 15 No
MLX S1 BA Italian opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15 No
MLI1055 Introduction to Italian Linguistics 15 No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15 No
MLX S1 BA Chinese opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
MLM1012 Modern China, a Brief History: 18th to 20th Century 15 No
MLX S1 BA Portuguese opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15 No
MLP1003 Language Encounters in the Portuguese-speaking World 15 No
MLX S1 BA Russian opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLR1005 Chekhov's Major Plays 15 No
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15 No
MLX S1 BA Spanish opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
MLS1016 Gender Perspectives 15 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
MLS1065 The Making of Modern Spain 15 No
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15 No
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
MLX S1 BA ML opt 2020-1 [See note c above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15 No
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
SML1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
SML1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language, 60 credits of optional modules in Politics and 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language.

Subject to selecting 120 credits in the stage overall, you must:

d select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

e select 60 credits of optional modules in Politics.

f select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; on the Modern Languages side of your programme, you may select a maximum of 15 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year. It is your ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit responsibility to count.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S2 BA comp language 2020-1 [See note d above]
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLF2152 Intermediate French 30 Yes
MLG2001 German Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLG2052 Intermediate German 30 Yes
MLI2001 Italian Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLI2051 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLM2052 Intermediate Chinese (One) 30 Yes
MLP2052 Intermediate Portuguese 30 Yes
MLR2001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral I 30 Yes
MLR2030 Intermediate Russian 30 Yes
MLS2001 Spanish Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLS2156 Spanish Language (ex-beginners) 30 Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL S2 BA Politics SH opt 2020-1 [See note e above]
POL2020 Contemporary Theories of World Politics 15 No
POL2025 Health Policy in Comparative Perspective 15 No
POL2026 Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas 15 No
POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy 15 No
POL2047 American Politics 15 No
POL2050 Political Philosophy 15 No
POL2051 War and Peace in the Middle East 15 No
POL2052 Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility 15 No
POL2057 Security Studies 15 No
POL2075 Integration and Disintegration in the European Union 15 No
POL2081 Thinking about Race: Perspectives from the Biological and Social Sciences 15 No
POL2082 Changing Character of Warfare 15 No
POL2086 Strategy and Psychology in Foreign Policy 15 No
POL2097 Behavioural Public Policy and the Nudge Agenda 15 No
POL2098 What is Law? Jurisprudence from Stone Tablet to Brain Imaging 15 No
POL2099 The Politics of Social Justice 15 No
POL2100 Political Conflicts in Europe 15 No
POL2102 Explaining Public Policies 15 No
POL2103 The Logic of Democracies and Dictatorships 15 No
POL2106 America in the World 15 No
POL2107 Gender and Comparative Public Policy 15 No
POL2108 The Legal Regulation of Civil Society 15 No
POL2115 British Foreign Policy 15 No
SSI2005 Data Analysis in Social Science 2 15 No
SSI2006 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SSI2007 Data Analysis in Social Science 3 15 No
POL2079 Contemporary Public Debate in an Age of 'Anti-Politics' 15 No
POL2116 Political Economy of Armed Conflicts 15 No
POL2114 Issues in Modern British Politics 15 No
MLX S2 BA French opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLF2003 Freedom and French Realism 15 No
MLF2012 Evolution of the French Language 15 No
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15 No
MLF2056 Provoking Thoughts - French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century 15 No
MLF2065 Contemporary French Film: Issues and Debates 15 No
MLF2066 Intimate Spaces of the French Enlightenment 15 No
MLF2071 'Paris je t'aime': Writing the City 15 No
MLF2075 Rap ta France: Narratives of National Identity in French Rap 15 No
MLX S2 BA German opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLG2003 Youth and Age: Generations in German Fiction and Film 15 No
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics 15 No
MLG2019 Gender, Race and Migration in 20th and 21st-century German Literature 15 No
MLG2047 Language in the Goethezeit 15 No
MLX S2 BA Italian opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLI2018 Love (and Marriage?) in Contemporary Italian Film Comedy 15 No
MLI2207 Narratives of Child Sexual Abuse 15 No
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLX S2 BA Chinese opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLM2010 Reading China: from Mandarins to Revolutionists 15 No
MLM2011 Encounters and Entanglements: Chinese Art in Global Perspective 15 No
MLM2012 Politics of Art: a Cultural Studies Perspective on Modern China 15 No
MLX S2 BA Portuguese opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLP2002 Portuguese as a Global Language 15 No
MLP2005 Travelling Identities in the Lusophone World 15 No
MLX S2 BA Russian opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLR2021 Understanding Russia 15 No
MLR2023 A Russian Carnival of the Animals 15 No
MLR2024 Exploring Revolution: The Making of Soviet Society and Culture in the 1920s 15 No
MLX S2 BA Spanish opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLS2017 Images of Dissent: Spanish Film under Franco 15 No
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15 No
MLS2060 Love and Death in Spanish Drama 15 No
MLS2067 Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931-1953 15 No
MLS2070 Catalonia Is Not Spain? Modern Catalan Culture in Context 15 No
MLS2072 Place and Identity in Contemporary Venezuelan Culture 15 No
MLS2159 Key Modern Poets from Spain and Latin America 15 No
MLS2160 Fiction in Post-War Spain: Voices of Conformity and Subversion 15 No
MLX S2 BA ML opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15 No
SML2243 Text and Image in Early European Culture 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No

Stage 3


60 credits of optional Politics modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language and 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language

Subject to selecting 120 credits in the stage you must:

h select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

select 60 credits of option modules in Politics.

jselect 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; you may select a maximum of 15 credits of the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year, these are additional to SML3015. You may, alternatively, take SML3030. Please note you may only select one dissertation module across the two programmes. It is your responsibility to ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit count.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX SF BA comp language 2020-1 [See note h above]
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30 Yes
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30 Yes
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills 30 Yes
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills 30 Yes
MLP3111 Advanced Portuguese Language Skills 30 Yes
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills 30 Yes
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30 Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL SF BA Politics SH opt 2020-1 [See note i above]
POL3000 Deadly Words: The Language of Political Violence 15 No
POL3040 Dissertation 30 No
POL3051 The Media in Europe 30 No
POL3069 Globalisation and the Politics of Resistance 30 No
POL3074 The Politics of Climate Change 30 No
POL3076 Research Design for Dissertation 30 No
POL3077 Global Environmental Politics and Policy 30 No
POL3080 The International Politics of Religion 30 No
POL3088 Forced Migration, Refugees and International Relations 30 No
POL3120 War and Public Opinion 30 No
POL3132 Globalisation and Democratic Politics: the End of the Nation State? 30 No
POL3136 Political Psychology 30 No
POL3172 Political Participation 15 No
POL3180 Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections 30 No
POL3196 Democracy in the European Union 30 No
POL3204 Politics through the Life Course 30 No
POL3206 The Political Economy of the State 30 No
POL3207 Realism and International Security 15 No
POL3208 Maritime Power and Security in Global Politics 15 No
POL3217 Feminist Political Theory 30 No
POL3227 Politics, Elections, and the State in Africa 30 No
POL3228 From the Shadows into the Light: Political Advisers and Policy Making 30 No
POL3234 Religion, Politics and Policy in Europe 30 No
POL3237 The Rise and Decline of New Political Parties 15 No
POL3254 International Relations in Global History 30 No
POL3257 Understanding Terrorism and Counterterrorism 30 No
POL3258 The Politics of Humour 30 No
POL3260 Russian Foreign Policy 15 No
POL3261 Becoming an Actor in World Politics: International and Transnational Recognition 30 No
POL3262 The Idea of Human Rights 15 No
POL3263 Political Economy of Development 15 No
POL3161 Policy Analysis for the Real World 15 No
POL3178 Policy Analysis for the Real World 30 No
POL3255 Deliberating the Environmental Emergency: The Citizens' Assembly 30 No
POL3256 Trumping the Mainstream: The Populist Radical Right and Democratic politics 30 No
POL3259 Climate Justice 30 No
MLX SF BA French opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLF3006 The Invention of Modern Love 15 No
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15 No
MLF3046 Dialectology in France 15 No
MLF3050 Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court 15 No
MLF3069 Writing Women and Strange Monsters 15 No
MLF3073 Proust's a la Recherche du Temps Perdu 15 No
MLF3075 First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature 15 No
MLF3078 Philosophers, Prophets, and Mystics in French Culture 15 No
MLF3080 Les Miserables from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day 15 No
MLX SF BA German opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15 No
MLG3039 What Did the German Kaiserreich Do for Us? Questions to a New Nation (1870-1914) 15 No
MLG3040 Sex, Sciences and the Arts 15 No
MLX SF BA Italian opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLI3028 Italian Varieties and Dialects 15 No
MLI3029 Italian Film Through Stardom 15 No
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15 No
MLX SF BA Chinese opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLM3009 China through the Lens: Cultural Translation and Self-Presentation 15 No
MLX SF BA Portuguese opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLP3002 Afro-Brazil: Ideas of Africa in Brazilian Fiction 15 No
MLP3005 Changing voices: tracing the development of Portuguese over time 15 No
MLX SF BA Russian opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLR3019 Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin 15 No
MLR3026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature 15 No
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
MLX SF BA Spanish opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15 No
MLS3065 Spain and 1898: from Disaster to Modernity 15 No
MLS3066 Almodovar's Spain: Cinema and Society 15 No
MLS3067 "Monster of Nature and Phoenix of Wits." An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega 15 No
MLS3068 Staging Conflicts: Spanish Romantic Drama 15 No
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15 No
MLX SF BA ML opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
SML3013 Through the Language Lens: the Relationship between Language, Culture and the Mind 15 No
SML3015 Dissertation 15 No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30 No
SML3036 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
SML3040 Women in Translation: Gender and Publishing in the 21st Century 15 No
SML3041 Green Matters in Modern Languages and Cultures 15 No
SML3042 Transcultural Devon: Creating, Analysing and Subtitling Interviews in the Context of Migration 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 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. Understand the nature and significance of politics as a human activity.
2. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different political systems operating at the national, European and/or international level.
4. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events.
5. Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and fluency in the production and comprehension of your chosen language, both orally and in writing.
6. Communicate effectively and appropriately with native and other competent speakers of your chosen language in an academic context, both orally and in writing.
7. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to analyse he structures and registers of your chosen language.
8. Show detailed knowledge of chosen aspects of the history and culture of the relevant country or area and ability to evaluate then critically, using appropriate methodologies.
9. Analyse and interpret texts in your chosen language (including non-literary texts and other media e.g. film) in relation to their cultural, historical and generic contexts, and articulate your understanding orally and in writing.
10. Show ability to use the target language ad to undertake and present the results of an extended project, while living and working in the target-language environment.

1 and 4 are developed across all programme stages, moving from broad areas of politics in stage 1 to progressively more specialised aspects at stages 2 to 3.

2 and 3 are present in some form in all Politics modules. Development of 2 is ensured through the requirement that students take two theory modules in Stage 1 and at least one theory module in Stages 1 and 2.

3 is also ensured through directed module choice embedded in programme pathways at Stages 1 and 2.

5-7 are developed through the core modules on written and oral language. This is achieved through a combination of written work (essay-writing, translation and comprehension of texts in a variety of styles and registers) and oral practice (classes in small groups with native speakers).

8 and 9 are developed through the optional modules taken

10 is developed through the year abroad.

Core language modules at Stage 1 include an introduction to language-learning strategies, with subsequent stages requiring you to make systematic use of the self-access material available in the library, in the Foreign Language Centre, and via web-based resources. Language modules at each stage use authentic materials in the chosen language/s, both written (texts in a variety of styles and registers) and spoken (oral classes with native speakers, together with use of TV and the electronic media). These forms of target-language material are used in a variety of ways, including reading or listening comprehension, translation, and production of related material in the chosen language/s through exercises such as summarising, essay-writing and oral presentations. Instruction is reinforced by regular formative assessment. Formal grammar is usually taught, both in seminars and through guided study of a textbook, at a level appropriate to each stage of the programmes and to level of achievement at the outset of the programme.

These skills are assessed through a combination of the following:
Term-time essays 1-9
Presentations 1-10
Examinations in modules from the Politics programme 1-9
In addition to written and oral coursework in Modern Languages modules. 1-10

10 is assessed through the year abroad.

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:

11. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
12. Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information, and critically analyse subject material.
13. Manage own learning self-critically.
14. Demonstrate understanding of the linguistic principles required to assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language.
15. Examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts.
16. Demonstrate understanding of generic conventions and the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience.
17. Show understanding of the variety of approaches to research in the field of languages and related studies, and of the reasons why such approaches may change.
18. Demonstrate receptiveness to foreign cultures and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.
19. Demonstrate receptiveness to foreign cultures and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, with progression in 11 and 12 as students move from stage to stage:

13 is developed through self-assessment of assignments, staff feedback on formative assignments, and student self-appraisal.

14 is developed through the core language modules throughout the programme, in students language work and in feedback from lecturers (in the form of both written comments and explanation in subsequent classes).

15-17 are developed through lectures and seminars in optional modules, with progression from a relatively high level of input from lecturers at stage 1, to greater student autonomy at later stages. Modules at stages 3 and 4 (and to a limited extent also at stage 2) are related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module, giving students an insight into relevant research issues.

18 is implicit in all study of the language and cultures of another country, and all modules challenge students to reflect critically on their receptiveness to foreign cultures. The ability to articulate this self-reflection is a specific element in the year-abroad modules.

19 is developed through the year abroad.

11 and 12 are assessed through term-time essays, oral presentations, and examinations.
13 is not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement).
14 is assessed by the strategies described for the core language modules under A above.
15-17 are assessed by course essays and end-of-year examinations, also as described under A above.
18 is assessed in the year abroad modules SML3010, SML3020 & SML3025, and is an implicit requirement for successfully completing modules for credit at a foreign university

19 is assessed through the year abroad.

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:

20. communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing;
21. use information and communication technology (ICT) for the retrieval and presentation of information;
22. work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management;
23. collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
24. show ability to adapt to the culture and working practices of a foreign country.

20 is developed in presentations, class discussion and written assignments.
21 and 22 are developed through presentations and written assignments. 23 is developed through group work in tutorials (stages 1 and 2) and seminars (stage 3).

24 is developed through the year abroad.

20 and 22 are assessed through presentations, written assignments, and examinations.
21 is assessed through written assignments that require ICT for the retrieval and presentation of information.
23 is not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement).

24 is assessed through the year abroad.

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

All students within Politics and Modern Languages have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who is available at advertised ‘office 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.

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) Politics and Global Cultural Studies (3-year)

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

[Honours] Politics and international relations
[Honours] Languages and related studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

23/08/2019

Date of last revision

15/02/2023