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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics and Sociology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS37
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Students on this programme take the core modules in politics and sociology in order to gain the foundations of these two disciplines. Opportunities for studying optional modules are also available and you’ll be free to take any module on either side of the programme which interests you. In the final year, you’ll take a dissertation in either sociology or politics, depending on your own area of interest.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To produce graduates from the programme that are useful, productive and questioning members of society.
2. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Politics through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the discipline.
3. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Sociology through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of how societies, institutions and practices of all kinds came into being, how they are currently organised, and how they might change in the future.
4. To develop students' competence in the specific skills required in Sociology and in Politics, and in core academic and personal and key skills.
5. To offer a wide range of choice within the programme of study, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.
6. To offer students the opportunity to develop their skills and capabilities (including linguistic skills, where appropriate) through the pursuit of study in another University in a different geographical and cultural setting.

4. Programme Structure

This joint honours programme is studied over four years and is university-based during years 1,2 and 4 with year three spent abroad on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange.

It is comprised of four stages, of 120 credits per stage, each of which normally occupies an academic year so that it requires four years to accumulate the 480 credits required for a final award. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the College.

The programme is divided into units called modules. Each module studied successfully contribute 15 or 30 credits toward the degree. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload and one credit is nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. The 'level' of a module (designated by the first number in the module code) indicates its position in the progressive development of academic abilities and/or practical skills. The degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules and as part of the degree programme students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subjects, choosing from modules in another department within the College of Social Sciences, or within another College. Given the demands of this joint honours programme, students will not be able to choose 30 credits outside their programme at Stage 1. However, they will be able to do so at both Stages 2 and 4.  The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is normally based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the Department (normally given by the student’s personal tutor). Modules are not all available every year; options are offered each year at the discretion of Departments. A module may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows, and if the module or an equivalent module has not been taken previously.

Assessment at Stage 1 is formative and does not contribute towards the overall mark for the degree programme, although an overall pass is necessary for progression to Stage 2. Further information on the weighting of your programme for calculating your degree can be found at:-

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/student/undergraduate/collegehandbook/assessmentandfeedback/

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.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

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

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

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

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1037 Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15No
SOC1038 Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15No
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Field and Case Studies 15No

Optional Modules

Students take 60 credits from the Level 1 Politics Programme.

View option modules here.

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

If required, Foreign Language Centre module(s) appropriate to intended study in Stage 3 30 Credits

Stage 2


120 credits of option modules

Optional Modules

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from Level 2 of the Sociology Programme

View option modules here

 

AND

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from the Level 2 Politics Programme

View option modules here.

 

 

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

Stage 3


Students spend this stage in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the credits gained at the partner institution

Stage 4


The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

Optional Modules

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from Level 2 of the Sociology Programme

View option modules here

 

AND

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from the Level 2 Politics Programme

View option modules here.

 

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


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 system operating at the national, European and international level
4. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events.
5. Show at least a basic knowledge of EITHER international relations theory OR political theory OR theories of comparative government, according to the elective modules taken at stage 1.
6. Achieve level of knowledge and competence commensurate with national Politics benchmarks
7. Demonstrate an analytical understanding of Sociology, taking into account different sociological perspectives, modes of social analysis and their concomitant theoretical and conceptual frameworks (benchmark 6.1.1).
8. Show awareness of the social, political, historical, and economic origins of Sociology
9. Show knowledge of a variety of methods of social investigation, including ethnographic and survey methods, questionnaire and interview design (benchmark 6.3.3).
10. Ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner (benchmark 6.1.8).
11. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies (sociology benchmark 6.2.1).
12. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies (benchmark 6.2.2).
13. Demonstrate understanding (at increasing depth, according to level) of issues (increasingly complex, according to level) arising from the subject matter of the elective modules taken.

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 is developed initially at Stage 1 according to which elective modules are taken, and at least one will be developed further thereafter according to the elective modules taken.
6 All modules contribute.
7 Is developed on all modules, and is a core aim of the whole programme.
8-10 are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1037, SOC1038, SOC1019 and SOC1020 and are developed on subsequent modules;
9 is developed through practical and teamwork on SOC2004. A11-A12 is developed through similar methods on SOC1037, SOC1038, SOC1019 and SOC1020, and further developed on subsequent modules. A13. Is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays 1-13, oral presentations1-13, and examinations 1-13 (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project, Sociology or Politics Dissertation work 1-13). The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined. 

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:

14. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources (benchmark 6.1.3).
15. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research (benchmark 6.1.1).
16. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages (benchmark 6.2.3).
17. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research
18. Think and write broadly about large themes.
19. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
20. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence (benchmark 6.2.4).
21. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence (benchmark 6.2.3).
22. Collate data from a range of sources (benchmark 6.2.2).
23. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work
24. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work (benchmark 6.3.6).
25. Present work and answer questions orally.
26. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner (benchmark 6.3.6).
27. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as students move from stage to stage.

They are developed through lectures and seminars 14-27, written work 14-27, and oral work 14-27 (both presentation and class discussion). 

These skills are assessed through term-time essays 14-27, assessed presentations 14-27, and examinations 14-27. 

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:

28. Undertake independent study and ability to work to deadlines.
29. Word process and access the world-wide web.
30. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
31. Evaluate own work.
32. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature.
33. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations
34. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
35. Interact effectively with peers and staff
36. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups
37. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.

28 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.

29 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through the requirement on students to use the WWW to access texts and other teaching materials.

30 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

31 is encouraged and developed throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal system which takes place in the inter-semester week of Spring Term.

32 is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations.

33 is developed through seminars, which form part of all modules.

The skills in 34, 35 and 36 are developed to some extent in all modules, through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism both collective and individual.

37 is developed through the Politics or Sociology Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline. 

The skills in 28, 29 and 30 are assessed in all modules.

30 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation.

31 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal exercise conducted in the inter-semester week in Spring Term.

32 Timed examinations are used in most modules except SOC2004, and dissertation.

33, 34, 35, and 36 are a continuous part of formative assessment on all modules.

37 is covered by the Dissertation (in either subject). 

7. Programme Regulations

For UG programmes, assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks of the second, third and fourth stages weighted 4:2:8  

Classification

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

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and Cornwall campuses.

 

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

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

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

10. Admissions Criteria

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

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

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

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

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

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

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

LL23

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Politics and international relations
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2010

Date of last revision

14/06/2012