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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Sociology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Sociology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS39
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This degree is designed to introduce you to the sociological ways of thinking, seeing and investigating the social, cultural and political world we live in. The core modules in Years 1 and 2 concentrate on the skills, methods and theories of sociological inquiry, leading to increasing specialisation through optional modules in Years 2. The 3rd year of study taken in an institution abroad and the dissertation is taken in Year 4.

Theoretical modules cover the history and development of sociological theory, from Durkheim and Weber to Goffman, Garfinkel and Baudrillard, including contemporary debates on individualism, functionalism and interactionism and post-modern theories. Other core modules concentrate on the subject matter of sociology and encourage you to develop a critical understanding of the rise and transformation of modern societies from the 18th century to the present day, with a particular focus on the last three decades.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To offer a teaching and learning programme informed by a vibrant research culture.
2. To offer excellent learning opportunities for undergraduates in Sociology.
3. To produce graduates who will be useful, productive and questioning members of society
4. 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.
5. To produce graduates who are competent in the specific skills required in Sociology.
6. To produce graduates who are competent in core academic skills.
7. To produce graduates with a wide range of generic and transferable skills.
8. 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.
9. 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.

4. Programme Structure

This Single Honours degree programme is studied over 4 years and is university-based throughout that time. Study is undertaken in four stages, one for each year of study with the 3rd year of study taken in an institution abroad.. The programme is divided into units called modules. Modules have a credit rating of either 15 or 30 credits; 15-credit modules last for one term and 30-credit ones for two. Each stage comprises 120 credits

Further information on the weighting of your programme for calculating your degree can be found at:-

Interim Awards

College to provide details for this specific programme
In exceptional circumstances, you may exit this award with a Certificate in Higher Education in Sociology where you have achieved 120 credits at stage 1 or a Diploma in Higher Education in Sociology where you have achieved 240 credits across stages 1 and 2, with at least 90 of these from stage 2.

Under the University's rules on modularity the degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules. As part of this degree programme, you may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subject; however, this is subject to availability, fulfilling pre-requisites and compatibility within the timetable.

Assessment at stage one does not contribute towards the summative classification of the award. Procedures for the final assessment of the degree programme can be found at: 

5. Programme Modules

The full list of modules is available (with module descriptions) at

The Sociology 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 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.

The third is spent studying abroad at a partner institution.

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

Stage 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of sociological theory and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1000 Contemporary Society: Themes, Perspectives and Case Studies 30No
SPA1000 Imagining Social Worlds 30No
SOC1001 Social Analysis 30No

Optional Modules

You are free to take two 15-credit modules or one 30-credit module in any discipline. You may choose to take another Social Science subject, a language or a module in another discipline.

View option modules here (PHL)

View option modules here (SOC)

View option modules here (ANT)

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 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of sociological knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules.


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SPA2000 Knowing the Social World 30No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30No

Optional Modules

You can choose from a long list of modules reflecting the research expertise of academic staff. Modules usually cover topics such as the Sociology of music, childhood, consumerism, health, warfare, or city life; Anthropology or Criminology. You may also take 30 credits in another subject such a language, business or another social science subject.

View option modules here (PHL)

View option modules here (SOC)

View option modules here (ANT

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

Year abroad

Compulsory Modules

Students will spend the third year of their studies in a partner university on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HAS3999 Study Abroad (HASS) 120No

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.

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

A wide range of options cover topics such addiction, gender, countercultures, cyborg studies, human/animal interactions, the politics of nature, disability, and the Holocaust. You may also take 30 credits in another subject such a language, business or another social science subject.

View option modules here (PHL)

View option modules here (SOC)

View option modules here (ANT)


 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. Demonstrate an analytical understanding of Sociology, taking into account different sociological perspectives, modes of social analysis and their concomitant theoretical and conceptual frameworks
2. Show awareness of the social, political, historical, and economic origins of Sociology.
3. Show knowledge of a variety of methods of social investigation, including ethnographic and survey methods, questionnaire and interview design
4. Demonstrate an ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies
6. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies
7. 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. Is developed on all modules, and is a core aim of the whole programme.

2.-4. are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1001, SPA1000, and are developed on subsequent modules.

5-6 are developed through similar methods on SOC1000, and further developed on subsequent modules.

7. Is developed through the optional or elective modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

1-7 are assessed through term-time essays, oral presentations, examinations, Project and Dissertation work

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

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

8. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
9. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research
10. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages
11. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
12. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical
13. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence
14. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
15. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work
16. Present work and answer questions orally
17. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner
18. Focus on and comprehend complex texts

Skills 8-18 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, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion). 

8-18 are assessed through Term-time essays, oral presentations, examinations and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work.

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:

19. Undertake independent research and ability to work to deadlines. Present an argument orally in a clear, organized and effective manner (Phil. 26.8).
20. Develop familiarity with research and writing software relevant to the discipline
21. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
22. Evaluate your own work
23. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations
24. Work with others as part of a team.
25. Contribute to group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
26. Plan the execution of work over a long time scale.
27. Think and write broadly about large themes
28. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
29. Collate data from a range of sources
30. Where stage 3 is to be spent in a non-English speaking country, work at an advanced level, both orally and in writing, in a foreign language

19 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is addressed especially via SPA2000 and in the dissertation.


20 is developed through training and application of relevant software throughout the programme


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


22 is developed throughout but especially in SPA2000 and the dissertation (and through the self-appraisal in the inter-semester week).


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


The skills in 24 and 25 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. However, there is particular emphasis on


25 (and 26) are especially developed in SPA2000 where students work partly as members of a team in designing and conducting a piece of sociological research.


27 is developed through the Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline, and also in SPA20000


28 and 29 are developed through all modules.

The skills in 19, 20 and 21 are assessed in all modules. 21 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation. 22 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and aided through the student self-appraisal system that takes place in the inter-semester week of Spring Term. 23 24, 25 and 26 are formally assessed in SPA2000. 27 is covered by the Dissertation. 28 and 29 by all modules

Skill 30 is assessed by oral and written work on the Exeter-based language modules, and through the modules taken during 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.


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 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:

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

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data in their regular review of the quality of provision. The annually produced Performance Indicator Dataset details admission, progression, completion and first career destination data, including comparisons over a five year period.

Certain programmes are 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


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Sociology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision