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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS38
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This single honours programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year, are university-based; the third is spent at a university abroad. 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. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide an excellent education across the range of political studies, from core to specialist, in a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research.
2. To enable students to understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories of the discipline; to analyse, interpret and evaluate political events, ideas and institutions; and to relate the academic study of politics to questions of public concern.
3. To develop students' competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills.
4. 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.
5. To offer students a wide range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.
6. To equip graduates to be questioning and productive members of society.

4. Programme Structure

Your BA Politics with Study Abroad programme is a 4 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 4 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.This single honours programme is studied over three years and is university-based throughout that time.  Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the Unit.

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, under the University's rules on modularity, as part of the degree programme students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subject, choosing from modules in another department within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, or within another College.

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.

https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/ugmodules_exeter/

The BA Politics 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. Study Abroad students normally take a language module in year 1 and 2.

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

Stage 1


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

The first year will introduce you to key methodological and theoretical debates within the study of politics and provide foundational knowledge.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL1025 Classical Political Thought 15No
POL1029 Introduction to Comparative Politics 15No
POL1047 Global Sustainability Governance and Policy 15No

Optional Modules

Students to take a minimum of 45 credits and a maximum of 75 credits from Stage 1 of the Politics programme. 

Students will be free to choose credits from the pairs of the modules listed above.

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

Stage 2


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

The core modules in the second year will develop your understanding of the theory and practice of public policy, comparative politics and modern political thought.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL2046 The Economics of Politics 15No
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15No
POL2102 Explaining Public Policies 15No
POL2128 Introduction to Research Design in Politics and International Relations 15No

Optional Modules

Students to choose a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 credits from Stage 2 of the Politics programme. 30 credits may be required for study of a Language depending on the Study Abroad placement.

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

View option modules  here

Stage 3


Stage 3: 120 credits of compulsory modules

Students will spend the third year of their studies in a partner university. The year abroad comprises 120 credits. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3999 Year Abroad 120No

Stage 4


Stage 4: 30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules

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.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL3040 Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

Students to choose a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits from the Final Stage of the Politics programme

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


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Understand the nature and significance of politics as a 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

1  and 4 re developed across all programme stages moving from broad areas of politics in stage 1 to progressively ore specialised aspects at stages 3 and 4.

2 and 3 are present in some form in all Politics modules.  Development of 2 is ensured through the requirement of the students to 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.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
6. Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and critically analyse subject matter
7. Manage own learning self critically
8. Work at advanced level both orally and in writing in a foreign language

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme with progression in 5 and 6 as students move from stage to stage

7 is developed through self assessment of assignments, staff feedback on formative assignments and student self appraisal

8 is developed through language tuition at stages 1 and 2 and in the year abroad

5 and 6 are assessed through term time essays oral presentations and examinations

7 is not assessed

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:

9. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing
10. Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of information
11. Work independently,demonstrating initiative, self organisation and time maangement
12. Collaborate with others to achieve common goals
13. Advance linguistic competence independently

9  Developed in presentations, class discussions and written assignments and examinations

10 and 11 developed through presentations and written assignments

12 is developed through group work in tutorials stages 1 and 2 and seminars stage 3

13 is developed through oral and written work on the Exeter based language modules and through the year abroad

9 and 11 assessed through presentations, written assigments and examinations

10 is assessed through written assignments that require ICT for the retrieval and presentation of information

12 not assessed

13 assessed by oral and written work on the Exeter based language modules and through the year abroad

7. Programme Regulations

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

Classification

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

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and Cornwall campuses.

 

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

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

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

10. Admissions Criteria

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

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

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

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

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

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

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Politics with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

L240

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

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2008

Date of last revision

12/12/2022