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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPSCD
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

4. Programme Structure

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://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/students/ugmodules_cornwall/

The programme is largely made up of optional modules*, so you’ll have flexibility to structure your degree according to your specific interests. Full-time undergraduates need to take 120 credits each year and choose from modules worth 15 or 30 credits. Core modules are mainly designed to develop applied research skills and include a third year dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Stage 1


Your first year will introduce you to the foundations of the discipline. In addition to learning about how government and politics work in Britain, you’ll be introduced to key concepts in political theory and learn why the ideas of political thinkers of the past are still relevant today. You’ll also investigate some of the most important challenges facing global politics such as conflict, the environment, HIV/AIDS, poverty and inequality.

Joint honours students must take 60 credits from year 1 of the Politics programme.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC1003 British Government and Politics 15No
POC1021 Key Concepts in Politics and International Relations 15No
POC1031 Political Communication 15No

Optional Modules

Select a further 75 credits of optional modules (at least 45 credits must be Stage 1 Politics modules):

https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/students/ugmodules_cornwall/

Stage 2


At the end of your second year, you’ll have the chance to travel to the United States to get a better understanding of this global super power. In addition to developing applied research skills, you may also choose from modules on Chinese politics, the role of NGOs in responding to key global challenges, the politics of protest and radical political theory. You may also opt for an internship in Westminster or work experience with an organisation closely aligned to your career interests.

Single honours students must take a minimum of 90 credits (including the 45 required credits) and a maximum of 120 credits from year 2 or 3 of the Politics programme. Students may take up to 30 credits from other disciplines subject to the approval of the programme convenors.

Joint honours students must take 60 credits (including 15 required credits from  Research Inquiry in Practice ) from year 2 of the Politics programme.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC2124 Political Analysis 15No
POC2098 Comparative Politics 15No

Optional Modules

Select a further 90 credits of optional modules (of which at least 60 credits must be Stage 2 Politics modules):

https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/students/ugmodules_cornwall/

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3999 Year Abroad 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 choose a number of optional modules covering issues such as the politics of killing, political psychology, activist politics, the ethics of humanitarian intervention, EU politics, and global governance.

Compulsory Modules

Dissertation

The dissertation module will equip you with a detailed knowledge of one particular topic within the discipline. You’ll gain an ability to design and carry out independent research and will benefit from the support and supervision of a member of academic staff.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

Select a further 90 credits of optional modules (of which at least 60 credits must be Stage 3 Politics modules):

https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/students/ugmodules_cornwall/


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 through written and oral work a solid understanding of theories and problems in politics and international relations.
2. Apply knowledge of the recurring theoretical and empirical problems in politics; of the main themes in particular topics selected for modules; trace the key developments within a topic and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter; evaluate complex themes in Politics and International Relations; make close specialist evaluation of key developments within particular topics
3. Show awareness of the variety of approaches taken in research in Politics and International Relations; ability to evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of work in Politics and International Relations; ability to evaluate the reasons for methodological and empirical changes in Politics and International Relations approaches.
4. Define a suitable research topic in the subject area and pursue it to completion.
5. Use different types of evidence; use different quantitative, qualitative and theoretical approaches to make sense of source material; use primary and secondary sources to address fundamental questions in Politics and International Relations in a professional manner.
6. Present work in the format expected of Political Science, including footnoting and bibliographical references.

ILOs 1, 2 and 3 begin to be developed in stage one, especially in the core modules of British Government and Politics and Key Concepts in Politics. Knowledge is accumulated though lectures, seminars, written assessments, and group and individual presentations. ILO 2 and 3 form the backbone of all Politics modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity and nuance develops according to stage. The choice of essays you are given in all modules develops throughout the programme helping you achieve ILO skill 4. Choice of essays begins at the outset of your programme, and advances to crafting an independent dissertation by the end of stage 3. Skills for the dissertation and to appraise the balance of evidence in existing work (ILOs 4&5) are developed through the Research Toolkit programme. ILO 5 is a requirement of all Politics and International Studies modules, but there is particular emphasis on developing methodological and theoretical complexity as the student progresses through the stages of the programme. Students are given clear guidelines about 6 in the Politics Undergraduate on-line Handbook, are instructed in such matters in the first stage of the degree, and are expected to demonstrate it in all modules.https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/student/undergraduate/politics/undergraduatehandbook.

1 Written essays (or equivalent) (ILO 1-6)

2 Critical reviews (ILO 1,3,5)

3 Examinations (1,2,3,5)

4 Year long projects (Research Toolkit and Dissertation) (ILOs 1-5)

5 Oral presentations (ILOs 1-5)

6 Seminar participation (ILOs 1-3, 5)

Marking criteria exist for each of the forms of participation, which fully recognise the importance of the various skills identified.

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:

7. Draw comparisons between empirical evidence and theoretical approaches from a variety of different cases
8. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research.
9. Judge between competing views.
10. Show a clear understanding of the nature of both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
11. Think and write broadly about large themes.
12. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
13. Use a library and other resources such as the world wide web to conduct independent research.
14. Deploy arguments, based on professional standards of evidence use.
15. Show clear awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
16. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, evidence.
17. Collate data from a range of sources.
18. Reference sources accurately in written work.
19. Answer questions concisely in writing.
20. Present work and answer questions orally.
21. Ask pertinent and intellectually demanding questions of other students.
22. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.

Students will achieve ILOs 7-8 while progressing through the programme, with increasing degrees of complexity at higher stage levels. ILOs 7, 8, 10, 12 and 14 are advanced throughout the course of the Research Toolkit module. This module uses multiple learning and teaching methods to appraise the balance of evidence, including evaluating oral interviews with key political science practitioners.

1 Written essays (or equivalent) (ILOs 7-22)

2 Critical reviews (ILOs 7, 10, 14-17, 22)

3 Examinations (ILOs 7, 8, 9, 11,17)

4 Year long projects (Research Toolkit and Dissertation) (ILOs 7-21)

5 Oral presentations (ILOs 8, 9, 12, 15, 20)

6 Seminar participation (ILOs 7-9, 12, 20-21)

Marking criteria exist for each of the forms of participation, which fully recognise the importance of the various skills identified. 

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:

23. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines
24. Develop IT skills and use the world-wide web to a high standard.
25. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word counts.
26. Evaluate own work.
27. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature
28. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
29. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
30. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
31. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
32. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.

ILO 23 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme. ILO 24 is developed through the requirement that all written work be computer-based, and through the requirement that students use the internet for bibliographical searches. ILO 25 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme. ILO 26 is developed through self-assessment of work, peer review and meetings with module convenors (which students generally arrange). Students are encouraged by their personal tutor to reflect on written feedback provided from marked work and use it constructively to improve. ILO 27 is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations. ILO 28 is developed through seminars, which form the whole or part basis of all modules. ILOs 29 and 30 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 ILO 29 (and ILO 31) where students work in teams to present and respond to the presentations of others. The Research Toolkit involves group work as a compulsory part of the course (31). ILO 32 is developed through the project in for Research Inquiry and through the stage three Dissertation, which has a single end of stage deadline.

1 Essays (ILOs 23-26, 30 and 32)

2 Group projects / presentations (ILOs 23, 29-31)

3 Presentations(ILOs 23, 28, 30)

4 Year long projects (ILOs 23, 32)

5 Group role plays (ILOs 29-31)

6 Seminar participation (28, 30)

7 Examinations (27)

8 Reflective diaries (26)

7. Programme Regulations

As well as traditional academic essays and exams, we use career-relevant assessments including portfolios, reports, video, online communications and presentations. You may also complete a dissertation and/or project work, including a work placement project. You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification.

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

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.

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

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 International Relations with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

7925

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

14/05/2008

Date of last revision

24/03/2021