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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages Programme codeUFA4EGLSML15
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages programme offers choice between the study of six major European languages and one Asian language, 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, culture, 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 of potential use for future careers. In addition, ‘content’ modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, literature and cinema, and are designed to complement the language study within the programme. As a whole, the BA (Hons) Modern Languages offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing compulsory elements with a choice of specialist topics to suit your individual aspirations and requirements.

 

Communications modules allow you to develop deep knowledge and understanding of a variety of historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to the study of communication technologies and the production, dissemination, and reception of media texts. From early print media, through the broadcast era, to the current era of networked digital media, these modules will allow you to interrogate the ways that communication technologies mediate social realities in specific historical and cultural contexts. Employability skills are embedded within the modules, and you will hone practical and professional skills that will prepare you for work across a range of jobs in the creative industries. Modules are taught by published experts in Communications and students benefit from access to world-leading resources, such as the Digital Humanities Lab, the Foreign Language Centre, and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. 

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your academic 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

A degree in Modern Languages combines the acquisition of language (henceforth language modules, compulsory 30-credit modules) and the study of the literature, culture, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice (henceforth content modules, largely optional 15- and 30-credit modules). The study of compulsory language and optional content modules is complementary.

The programme is designed to enable you to tailor your degree to your own strengths. The structure will help you to manage the increasingly challenging leap between school language study and university language study. The programme will allow you to add and to subtract languages, to shift emphasis between language and ‘content’, and to introduce new subjects during your journey of learning. Your progress and decisions along this journey towards a unique degree programme will be carefully supported and monitored by your academic tutor, with whom you will have regular meetings to monitor your academic progress and degree structure.

If you are studying two language disciplines you may eventually find that one language and culture appeals to you more, particularly if one of the languages is new to you or if you spend your Year Abroad in a certain country, and wish to focus on that language discipline in more depth. Alternatively you may find that your strength lies in the study of language and wish to learn three. Language learning remains at the core of your study: normally you must pass the language module of the previous level if you wish to study a content module in that same language at the higher level. In order for you to progress through the levels you must complete the compulsory language modules successfully.

The programme aims are to:

  • Train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking, writing and listening to your chosen language/s, which will enable you to communicate readily on a personal and professional basis;
  • Offer at the higher stages of the programme a range of options in the language, literature, history and cultures of the parts of the world where your chosen language/s is/are spoken. This will enable you, within the boundaries of a coherent degree programme, to develop your own particular interests;
  • Provide you with a variety of approaches (both traditional and innovative) to teaching and learning, and a lively and supportive studying environment which stimulates enjoyment and independent study;
  • Provide a broad and challenging intellectual education and a foundation of personal and key skills for entering the world of work on graduation, together with a suitable basis for the pursuit of further research in the relevant subject or subjects;
  • Use the research expertise of staff to promote a stimulating interaction of teaching and research within the flexible modular programme structure created by Modern Languages;
  • Enable you to become a reflective and autonomous independent learner.

4. Programme Structure

The BA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages is a 4-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme may also be taken part-time in up to seven years. This programme is divided into four stages with the third stage spent abroad. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

5. Programme Modules

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

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 are expected to balance your credits in each stage of the programme, taking 60 credits from Communications, and 60 credits from Modern Languages. On the Modern Languages side of your programme, you will normally take optional content modules appropriate to your degree stage and corresponding to your compulsory language module.

The College of Humanities, however, takes the view that in Combined Honours programmes you would be incapable of reaching a satisfactory standard in the chosen language if you took fewer than 60 credits per year in it. Accordingly you may not exercise the modularity option in Modern Languages (modularity is where you are permitted to take elective modules from other disciplines that are not included in the programme specification). However, it would be possible for you in certain cases, to exercise the right from the Communications side of your programme alone.

At stages 1, 2 and 4, you will take one compulsory language module amounting to 30 credits in total. At stage 3, you will spend a year abroad in one of the following ways:

  • on a suitable programme of study at an approved partner institution;
  • as an Assistant in a school under the scheme arranged by the British Council;
  • in approved paid or voluntary employment.

Please note that you are registered on the 4-year programme unless you have explicitly applied for, and been admitted to, the 3-year version. If you register for the 4-year programme but are subsequently unable to meet the requirements for study abroad you may apply to transfer to a 3-year version of your programme. Transfer from a 3-year to a 4-year programme is also possible up to the end of stage 2. All such transfers are subject to approval by the Director of Education. 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


60 credits of compulsory Communications modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language, 30 credits of optional Modern Languages modules

Compulsory Modules

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

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

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM1001 Perspectives on Communications 30No
CMM1002 Communications Challenges 30No
MLX S1 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [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

b 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. 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.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S1 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
MLM1013 A Brief History of Modern China (1861-Present) 15 No
MLX S1 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
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
MLF1018 The Devil is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15 No
MLX S1 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1021 Outside In: An Introduction to Outcasts and Outsiders in German-language Literature and Film 15 No
MLX S1 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15 No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15 No
MLX S1 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15 No
MLX S1 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15 No
MLR1006 An Emotional Experience: Russian Literature and the Expression of Feeling 15 No
MLX S1 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
MLS1068 An Introduction to the Literature and Film of Spain 15 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15 No
MLS1164 A Journey of Discovery: Hispanic Global Culture 15 No
MLX S1 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15 No
SML1208 Language, Culture, and International Relations 15 No
SML1002 Constructing Nature: Stories we Live By 15 No
SML1018 The Devil Is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15 No

Stage 2


30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language and 30 credits of core for Communications.
60 credits of optional modules (30 credits of Communications options, and 30 credits of Modern Languages options).

 

 

Compulsory Modules

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

c CMM2008 is a pre-requisite for taking either CMM3002 Communications Dissertation or CMM3003 Communications Practical Research Project in final year. In addition you also choose 30 credits of Communications options.

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

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM2008 Communications Research Methods [See note c above]30No
MLX S2 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [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

e Select 30 credits of Communications modules (You may only choose one communications in the Workplace module)

f Select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS S2 BA CH opt 2023-4 [See note e above]
ANT2090 Sound and Society 15 No
CMM2001 Communications in the Workplace 15 No
CMM2002 Communications in the Workplace 30 No
CMM2008 Communications Research Methods 30 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAS2090 Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory 30 No
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
PHL2125 Ethics of Emerging Technologies 15 No
POL2100 Political Conflicts in Europe 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC2034 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC2115 Deception 15 No
THE2043 Religious Literacy, Communication and Media 30 No
CMM2013 Introduction to Games Studies 30 No
CMM2010 Professional Writing 30 No
CMM2011 History of Communications 30 No
CMM2012 Communications and the Climate Crisis 30 No
CMM2009 Communications in the 21st Century 30 No
MLX S2 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLM2002 Politics of Contemporary China 15 No
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15 No
MLX S2 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLF2076 Subversive Texts: Baudelaire and Rachilde 15 No
MLF2005 Classical myth in French and francophone cinema 15 No
MLF2069 East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature 15 No
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15 No
MLF2070 Violence and Virtue: Early Modern French Theatre 15 No
MLF2074 Translating Exile: Contemporary Francophone Women Writers 15 No
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15 No
MLF2056 Provoking Thoughts - French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century 15 No
MLX S2 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLG2003 Youth and Age: Generations in German Fiction and Film 15 No
MLG2019 Gender, Race and Migration in 20th and 21st-century German Literature 15 No
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics 15 No
MLX S2 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLI2019 Italian(s) in the World 15 No
MLI2018 Love (and Marriage?) in Contemporary Italian Film Comedy 15 No
MLX S2 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15 No
SML2002 Cultural Connections in Southern Africa: Literature and Film 15 No
MLP2002 Portuguese as a Global Language 15 No
MLX S2 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLR2021 Understanding Russia 15 No
MLR2024 Exploring Revolution: The Making of Soviet Society and Culture in the 1920s 15 No
MLX S2 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLS2070 Catalonia Is Not Spain? Modern Catalan Culture in Context 15 No
MLS2158 "What is Love? And Do I Need It?" An Introduction to Spanish Renaissance Love Poetry 15 No
MLS2072 Place and Identity in Contemporary Venezuelan Culture 15 No
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15 No
MLS2061 The Latin American Short Story 15 No
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15 No
MLS2073 Literary Non-Fiction in Argentina: When Writing Meets the Real 15 No
MLX S2 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2003 Research Skills in Languages and Cultures 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules.

You must take one of these modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S3 Compulsory Year Abroad Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
SML3010 Work and Study Abroad 120 No
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University (with Assessment in the Foreign Language) 120 No
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad 120 No

Stage 4


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

 

 

Compulsory Modules

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

h Select one Dissertation module only from those listed

i Select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM3002 Communications: Dissertation [See note h above]30No
CMM3003 Communications: Practical Research Project [See note h above]30No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation [See note h above]30No
MLX Final Stage Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note i above]
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills 30 No
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30 No
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30 No
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills 30 No
MLP3111 Advanced Portuguese Language Skills 30 No
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills 30 No
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30 No

Optional Modules

j Select 30 - 60 credits of optional Communications modules (depending on dissertation chosen).

k select 0 - 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language (depending on dissertation chosen).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS SF BA CH opt 2023-4 [See note j above]
DRA3050 Creative Industries Management 30 No
EAF3515 Something to See: War and Visual Media 30 No
HIH3617 News, Media and Communication 30 No
POL3000 Deadly Words: The Language of Political Violence 15 No
POL3051 The Media in Europe 30 No
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
CMM3004 Social Media and Society 30 No
MLX Final Stage Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLM3009 China through the Lens: Cultural Translation and Self-Presentation 15 No
MLM3008 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature 15 No
MLM3011 China and the Third World: Foreign Relations and Nation Building in China in the Cold War Era 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
MLX Final Stage French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15 No
MLF3078 Philosophers, Prophets, and Mystics in French Culture 15 No
MLF3050 Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court 15 No
MLF3079 Sex, Subversion and Censorship: Libertine Literature in Seventeenth-Century France 15 No
MLF3080 Les Miserables from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day 15 No
MLF3046 Dialectology in France 15 No
MLF3075 First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature 15 No
MLF3081 Sexual Politics: Gender Dynamics in Early Modern France 15 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
MLX Final Stage German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k 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
MLG3040 Sex, Sciences and the Arts 15 No
MLX Final Stage Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15 No
AHV3002 Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLI3033 Multicultural Italy 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
MLX Final Stage Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLP3009 Afro-Brazil: Transatlantic Identities in Culture 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
MLX Final Stage Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
MLR3026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
MLX Final Stage Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15 No
MLS3112 Spanish Modernists: Narratives of Identity, Gender and Nation 15 No
MLS3071 The Chilean Road to Socialism (1970-1973): What Happened and Why? Elements for a Debate 15 No
MLS3067 "Monster of Nature and Phoenix of Wits." An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega 15 No
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15 No
MLS3066 Almodovar's Spain: Cinema and Society 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
MLX Final Stage Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note k above]
SML3013 Through the Language Lens: the Relationship between Language, Culture and the Mind 15 No
SML3015 Dissertation 15 No
SML3043 Migration and Multilingualism 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
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30 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. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the historical development of a range of communication technologies.
2. Identify, evaluate, and appreciate a variety of methodological approaches and critical traditions within communication studies.
3. Apply a range of critical theories to the study of communication technologies and media texts.
4. Interrogate and analyse media texts within their particular contexts of production, dissemination, and reception.
5. Position debates about communications within a wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
6. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of communication technologies and media texts; utilise appropriate bibliographical style.
7. Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and fluency in the production and comprehension of your chosen language/s, both orally and in writing.
8. Communicate effectively and appropriately with native and other competent speakers of your chosen language/s in an academic context, both orally and in writing.
9. Understand and analyse the structures and registers of your chosen language/s.
10. Show detailed knowledge of aspects of history and culture in the parts of the world where your chosen language/s is/are spoken, and evaluate them critically, using appropriate methodologies.
11. Analyse and interpret texts in your chosen language/s (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.

ILOs 1-6 are acquired through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme. The degree of specialisation of subject knowledge increases during the programme, culminating in the dissertation. Modules at stage 3 are most closely related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module. The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. On team-taught modules you will normally engage in both lectures and seminar groups. In smaller options you will normally spend most of your contact time in seminar groups and workshops.

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

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 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.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, audio-visual and written essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project. Essays, exams, and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills in ILOs 1-11.

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:

12. Apply critical skills in the analysis of communication technologies and media texts.
13. Articulate knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts and theories relating to communication and media.
14. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data in order to frame questions and answer questions relevant to academic study and the graduate workplace.
15. Demonstrate the ability to sustain fluent arguments and analysis in writing and in presenting ideas to others.
16. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.
17. Demonstrate understanding of the linguistic principles required to assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language.
18. Examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts.
19. Examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts.
20. 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.
21. Demonstrate receptiveness to foreign cultures and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.

These skills are developed throughout the programme in all modules, with the emphasis becoming more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion), and reinforced through the range of modules across all four stages. They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation and special subject modules.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, log-books, web-based assessments, essays, oral and written exams, other written reports/projects, and (if chosen) a 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:

22. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
23. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of material, both textual and visual.
24. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive methodological and interpretative skills of the subject areas.
25. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
26. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
27. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
28. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
29. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work over both short and long timescales.
30. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets

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 through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project.

ILOs 22-27 are also strongly developed over the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other audio-visual and/or written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module; the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

ILO 28 is associated especially with the range of group presentations taking place in modules during the programme. Group presentation assessment brings into focus an important range of skills for students, including sharing workloads, responsibility for tasks, team working, collaborative and communicative skills. Individual contributions to group work are also assessed individually, most often in the form of a reflective presentation report.

ILOs 29-30 are also accomplished during the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations and end of module exams, which occur through the programme.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to the final stage of the BA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages you must pass one of the non-condonable Study or Work Abroad modules, SML3010, SML3020, or SML3025. If you fail one of these modules you will be transferred to the 4-year BA (Hons) Communications and Global Cultural Studies programme. The 4-year BA (Hons) Communications and Global Cultural Studies programme is only available as an exit route from the BA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages following failure at stage 3. If you are transferred to the BA Communications and Global Cultural Studies, your degree classification will be calculated from the credit-weighted average marks for stages 2 and 4 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

Programme-specific Award Rules

You will enter initially to study the BA (Hons) Communications and Modern Languages, but your final degree title will reflect the languages you have studied. Languages studied in equal or near-equal proportion at the second and final stages are placed in alphabetical order and separated by the conjunction 'and', eg ‘French and German’, or ‘French, German and Italian’. Equal or near equal proportion means, for a two-language degree, ratios such as 150:120 or 165:105 credits, or for a three-language degree, a ratio such as 60:90:120 (this total includes the credits gained on your year abroad, which for degree title purposes count as 30 credits in the language discipline of the relevant country). A language studied for 60 or 90 credits would normally be included in the degree title after the conjunction ‘with’. However, the languages in the three-language degree represent an exception to this practice; all 270 credits must be spread across the three languages (i.e. no modularity is allowed), and a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 120 credits are allowed for each of the three languages. This is because the emphasis in this particular degree is on language acquisition (i.e. all three language disciplines are taken as compulsory language modules at the final stage (NQF level 6)) and the degree title reflects this qualitative difference. When two languages are studied alongside a 30-credit non-Modern Languages subject at the second and final stages (NQF levels 5 and 6) (120 – Language A including year abroad credits; 90 – Language B; 60 – subject outside Modern Languages), the title will be ‘French with German’, but the non-Modern Languages subject will appear on the transcript. A language may not stand in the title alone (i.e. BA German) or with the conjunction ‘and’ (i.e. BA French and German), unless the final credits include 30 credits of the compulsory language module from the final stage (NQF level 6). In addition, in order to graduate in a single language discipline, you must have at least 180 credits in that language discipline from the second and final stages (NQF levels 5 and 6). In order to graduate in two language disciplines with ‘and’ in your degree title, you must have studied at least 105 credits in each language discipline, counting credits from both the second and final stages (NQF levels 5 and 6). In both cases this credit total includes the 120 credits gained on your year abroad, which according to departmental conventions will count for 30 credits in the language discipline of the relevant country. A language can normally only be mentioned in a degree title if it is studied for at least 60 credits, within either of the second and final years or spread across both (e.g. 30 credits in each year). Such minor languages are placed at the end of a degree title after the word 'with' (the three-language degree constitutes a special exception to this rule – see note above).

An example using French would be:

  • "... with French" – minimum of 60 credits, comprising 30 credits of French language at stage 2 (NQF level 5) and a further 30 credits either of French language, or relevant French option modules at stage 2 (NQF level 5 or higher).
  • "... with French Studies" – minimum of 60 credits of relevant option modules from the second and final stages (NQF level 5 or higher), which do not include language modules.
  • "with proficiency in French" – 60 credits of French language modules studied over two stages, between stages 1 and 4 (NQF levels 4 to 6), or a language studied for 60 credits outside the seven Modern Languages’ languages, may be included in the title with the addition of 'with, for example, proficiency in French' or 'with proficiency in Portuguese'.
  • "with proficiency in advanced French" – 60 credits of French language modules studied at advanced level/post A-level over stages 1 and 2 (NQF levels 4 and 5), or a language studied at advanced level/post A-level for 60 credits outside the seven Modern Languages’ languages, may be included in the title with the addition of 'with, for example, proficiency in advanced French' or 'with proficiency in advanced Portuguese'.
  • The only non-language subject which may appear in a degree title conferred by Modern Languages is TESOL, which will be awarded after “with”, e.g. “French with TESOL”, when 60 credits of TESOL modules (ELC2800 and ELC3800) have been studied.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

As a student of Modern Languages you will have an academic tutor for your entire programme of study who will be available at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme.  An academic 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.

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9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

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) Communications and Modern Languages

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

07/01/2020

Date of last revision

09/02/2023