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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History and Politics with Employment Experience

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History and Politics with Employment Experience Programme codeUFA4HPSHPSCJ
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The globalising world in which we live presents us with a multitude of opportunities and challenges. Urgent issues such as conflict, development, marginalised communities, poverty and the environment require creative solutions. In this dynamic programme you will explore, understand and engage critically with contemporary socio-political problems through an examination of the past, present and future.

History and Politics at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus is a unique, integrated degree programme that genuinely combines the research expertise of staff in both disciplines. This programme is committed to using both historical practice and political analysis to gain multiple perspectives on contemporary problems. We offer a diverse range of modules from the Early Modern period to the present day. Module choices include the politics of war and counterinsurgency; British imperialism in the Middle East; race relations in North America; Israel and Palestine; propaganda; foreign policy; protest and NGOs; environmental change; gender; science and technology; security and intelligence; critical military studies; comparative electoral politics; media; political psychology; political theory; and the politics of the European Union.

This programme will equip you with graduate skills sought after by the most competitive employers in the public and private sectors. Our degree in History and Politics is particularly relevant for those interested in a career in diplomacy, NGOs, law and advocacy, teaching, journalism, the Civil Service and international development.

This Employment Experience variant of the programme is a great way to incorporate graduate-level work placement or placements undertaken in the United Kingdom directly into your programme of study, to reflect critically upon these experiences, and for them to count towards the assessment of your degree. There is no better way to gain valuable employment experience that can be rewarded and recognised clearly by future employers. With preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities, you can also demonstrate adaptability and resourcefulness by organising suitable placements in areas of employment related to your interests and potential future career.

You are required to find your own placement with suitable employers and organisations with preparation and support from the College of Humanities. Students taking this variant are strongly encouraged to take HUC2001 Humanities in the Workplace in stage 2 and must participate in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience.

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

The programme aims to:

  • Offer an excellent Honours-level education in History and Politics that explores the interface between the disciplines.
  • Introduce you to a wide range of historical and political problems and the main analytical and critical approaches of the two disciplines
  • Produce graduates who can engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems in the two disciplines by critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.
  • Develop your independent critical thinking and judgement.
  • Incorporate a placement into your degree 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.

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 can weight your modules primarily in one discipline in stage 2 but if you choose to do more History than Politics at stage 2 you must do the reverse in the final stage (and vice versa) so that across your degree you will have an equal number of credits from History and Politics.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme 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.

Stage 1

60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules (including 30 credits of History optional modules and 30 credits of Politics and International Relations optional modules)

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC1602 Crafts of Research and Writing 15No
HIC1603 Public History 15No
HIC1604 New Approaches to History 15No
POC1031 Political Communication 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC Stage 1 CH History Option Modules 2023-4
HIC1007 People's History: Sources and Skills 15 No
HIC1305 World History: Science, Environment and Sustainability 15 No
HIC1306 World History: Globalisation 15 No
HIC1605 European History: Politics and Society 15 No
HUM1005 Climate Emergency - An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 15 No
POC Stage 1 Politics Option Modules 2023-4 (History and Politics)
POC1003 British Government and Politics 15 No
POC1014 The Public Policy Process 15 No
POC1021 Key Concepts in Politics and International Relations 15 No
POC1022 Violence in World Politics 15 No
POC1023 Participating in Politics 15 No
POC1026 Power, Inequality and Global Justice 15 No
POC1028 Modern Political Theory 15 No
POC1029 Work Placement 15 No

Stage 2

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules. You will select either Pathway A or B.

a Under Pathway A, you will take the 30-credit compulsory module HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities.

b Under Pathway B, you will take the 15-credit compulsory module POC2124 Political Analysis and POC2120 Power and Democracy.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities [See note a above]30No
POC2124 Political Analysis [See note b above]15No
POC2120 Power and Democracy [See note b above]15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC Stage 2 History Option Modules 2023-4
HIC2006 American Slavery since Abolition (1865-to the Present) 15 No
HIC2028 Art and Archaeology in Post-Colonial Nations 15 No
HIC2034 Iron and Steel and Society 15 No
HIC2316 The Occult in Victorian Britain 15 No
HIC2324 Organised Crime in USA 15 No
HUC2012 The Age of Unreason? Modernity and its Discontents 15 No
HUC2013 Enlightenment and the Age of Reason: Philosophy, Politics, Society 15 No
HUC2015 Revolution and Abolition: History and Legacies of the Atlantic Slave Trade 15 No
HUC2016 Rule, Britannia? Politics and Political Thought in Britain and Ireland from the Glorious Revolution to Peterloo 15 No
POC Stage 2 Politics Option Modules 2023-4 (History and Politics)
POC2005 American Politics 15 No
POC2012 The Ethics and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention 15 No
POC2018 National and Community Identity 15 No
POC2041 The Political Psychology of Elites 15 No
POC2047 Work Placement 15 No
POC2085 Imagining the Good Life: From Agora to the American Dream 15 No
POC2087 Security Studies 15 No
POC2088 Understanding Israel and Palestine: One Land, Two People 15 No
POC2098 Comparative Politics 15 No
POC2103 Introduction to Postcolonialism 15 No
POC2108 Political Geographies: Local to Global 15 No
POC2114 Green Politics in Theory and Practice 15 No
POC2123 Politics of the Middle East 15 No
POC2128 Global Authoritarianism 15 No
POC2129 Gender and Politics in Africa 15 No
POC2130 Political Behaviour across Generations and the Life Course 15 No
POC2131 Political Economy 15 No

Stage 3

120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC3000 Employment Experience 120Yes

Stage 4

30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CHP3042 Interdisciplinary Final-Year Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIC Final Stage History Option Modules 2023-4
HIC3004 Hippies: The US Counterculture of the 1960s 30 No
HIC3006 Indigenous Heritage and Belief 30 No
HIC3300 Britain and the Telecommunications Revolution 30 No
HIC3303 The Three Klans: Ethno-Politics in the 19th and 20th Century US 30 No
HIC3313 Gender, Power and Identity in Early Modern England 30 No
HIC3316 The Environment and Everyday Life in Modern Britain 30 No
HIC3513 Landscape, History and Heritage in Britain Since the Sixteenth Century 30 No
HUC3016 Irish Stories: History, Politics, Literature and Heritage 30 No
HUC3045 Myth in the Modern World: From the Classics to Conspiracies 30 No
HUC3048 Writing Nature 30 No
POC Final Stage Politics Option Modules 2023-4
POC3020 The Politics of War 30 No
POC3023 Entangled Life: Radical Democracy in Theory 15 No
POC3026 Entangled Life: Radical Democracy in Practice 15 No
POC3095 Environmental Knowledge Controversies 15 No
POC3097 The Politics of Gender, Sex and Sexuality 15 No
POC3103 The Resource Paradox: Blessing or Curse? 15 No
POC3105 Negotiating Postcoloniality: History and Politics of Independent India 15 No
POC3117 The Politics of Climate Change 15 No
POC3124 Political Thinkers of the Late Twentieth Century 15 No
POC3128 Post-Soviet Politics and Societies 15 No
POC3130 Controversies in American Politics 15 No
POC3133 Chinese Politics and Society 15 No
POC3134 Queer Theory in the Global Context 15 No
POC3135 Platform Politics: Power, Technology and the Circuits of Social Struggle 15 No
POC3137 The Politics of Knowledge and Ignorance 15 No
POC3138 Field Trip 15 No
POC3139 Research Experience 15 No
POC3141 Displacement and Migration in the Middle East 15 No
POC3142 Social and Islamist Armed Movements 15 No
POC3143 Global Sustainability Challenges 15 No
POC3146 Party Politics, Voters and Elections in Britain 15 No
POC3147 Politics of Work 15 No
POC3148 Political Psychology and Society 15 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. Describe core subject areas in History and Politics, and demonstrate a specialised knowledge in certain areas.
2. Understand a range of political theories, their significance and the major critical positions adopted towards them.
3. Describe the variety of approaches taken to historical and social science research, evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical texts, and evaluate the reasons for changes in historiographical approaches.
4. Use different types of historical and social science sources; evaluate different and complex types of historical and social science sources; use primary sources in a professional manner.
5. Appreciate the different approaches to evidence and argument in the two disciplines and be aware of the potential of interdisciplinary work.
6. Define a suitable interdisciplinary research topic and pursue it to completion

ILOs 1-4 are developed in stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and tutorials. Specialisation is developed in the final stage in small-group teaching.

ILOs 5-6 are developed in project work and the Interdisciplinary Dissertation respectively.

ILOs 1-4 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations and group project work.

ILO 5 is assessed by project work.

ILO 6 is assessed by the dissertation.

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. Answer questions concisely and persuasively both orally and in writing.
8. Evaluate critically theoretical models and competing views.
9. Summarise the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
10. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
11. Plan, execute and present an extended piece of original research.

ILOs 7-8 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity develops according to stage.

ILOs 9-10 are developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars and continuous assessment.

You are encouraged to use the stage 2 project work as a way of addressing ILO 11 and concentrate on doing so in the final stage Dissertation.

These skills are assessed through a combination of term-time essays and other assignments, oral presentations, project and dissertation work, and examinations. The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

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:

12. Think critically, creatively and independently.
13. Identify and solve complex problems with confidence and flexibility.
14. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools proficiently; access information from a variety of sources.
15. Interact effectively within a group.
16. Self-manage effectively (autonomy, time management, self-motivation, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism).

ILOs 12-14 are developed through the processes of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above).

ILO 15 is developed through group work in specific parts of the syllabus as well as group work in second and final stage optional History and Politics and International Relations modules.

ILO 16 is developed by student progression through a learning and teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, the personal tutor and Personal Development Planning systems.

Independent study forms a major part of our learning and teaching programme, most notably in the stage 2 project and the final stage dissertation.

ILOs 12-14 are assessed primarily through summative and formative essays and other assignments, assessed presentations, project work, the dissertation and examinations.

ILO 15 is assessed directly in specific parts of the syllabus as well as in assessed group work/presentations in second and final stage optional History and Politics and International Relations modules.

ILOs 15-16 are assessed indirectly throughout the programme, in that where modules require the development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must normally achieve an average mark of at least 50% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 50% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue on the Employment Experience Abroad programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience Abroad are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for Employment Experience Abroad, you will be transferred to the three-year programme.

HUC3002 Employment Experience Abroad counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA History and Politics with Employment Experience Abroad. If you fail the Employment Experience Abroad your degree title will be commuted to BA History and Politics.


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

You will have an academic personal tutor for your entire programme of study who is available at advertised ‘office and feedback hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme. A personal 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.

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


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History and Politics with Employment Experience

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision