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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Modern Languages

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Modern Languages Programme codeUFA4SMLSML41
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Modern Languages programme offers choice between the study of six major European languages and one Asian language, taught by experienced language specialists including native speakers and academic staff at the cutting edge of research in their particular discipline. Progression through the programme will combine the acquisition of language with the study of the literature, culture, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice. You will develop a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking your selected language, providing you with valued skills of potential use for future careers. In addition, ‘content’ modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, literature and cinema, and are designed to complement the language study within the programme. As a whole, the BA (Hons) Modern Languages offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing compulsory elements with a choice of specialist topics to suit your individual aspirations and requirements.

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

A degree in Modern Languages combines the acquisition of language (henceforth language modules, compulsory 30-credit modules) and the study of the literature, culture, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice (henceforth content modules, largely optional 15- and 30-credit modules). The study of compulsory language and optional content modules is complementary.

The programme is designed to enable you to tailor your degree to your own strengths. The structure will help you to manage the increasingly challenging leap between school language study and university language study. The programme will allow you to add and to subtract languages, to shift emphasis between language and ‘content’, and to introduce new subjects during your journey of learning. Your progress and decisions along this journey towards a unique degree programme will be carefully supported and monitored by your academic tutor, with whom you will have regular meetings to monitor your academic progress and degree structure.

If you are studying two language disciplines you may eventually find that one language and culture appeals to you more, particularly if one of the languages is new to you or if you spend your Year Abroad in a certain country, and wish to focus on that language discipline in more depth. Alternatively you may find that your strength lies in the study of language and wish to learn three. Language learning remains at the core of your study: normally you must pass the language module of the previous level if you wish to study a content module in that same language at the higher level. In order for you to progress through the levels you must complete the compulsory language modules successfully.

The programme aims are to:

  • Train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking, writing and listening to your chosen language/s, which will enable you to communicate readily on a personal and professional basis;
  • Offer at the higher stages of the programme a range of options in the language, literature, history and cultures of the parts of the world where your chosen language/s is/are spoken. This will enable you, within the boundaries of a coherent degree programme, to develop your own particular interests;
  • Provide you with a variety of approaches (both traditional and innovative) to teaching and learning, and a lively and supportive studying environment which stimulates enjoyment and independent study;
  • Provide a broad and challenging intellectual education and a foundation of personal and key skills for entering the world of work on graduation, together with a suitable basis for the pursuit of further research in the relevant subject or subjects;
  • Use the research expertise of staff to promote a stimulating interaction of teaching and research within the flexible modular programme structure created by Modern Languages;
  • Enable you to become a reflective and autonomous independent learner.

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.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

You may take optional modules with the agreement of the relevant Director of Education and/or Head of Discipline, 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 may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme at any stage of the programme with the agreement of the relevant Director of Education and/or Head of Discipline, 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. Please note that if you wish to use your modularity entitlement to select FLC modules you must secure the permission of the Education Support Administrator for Modern Languages.

At stages 1, 2 and 4, you will take between one and three compulsory language modules which amount to between 30 and 90 credits in total. At stage 3, you will spend a year abroad. The Modern Languages programme is designed to be flexible, with several possible pathways through your studies.

In more detail, at each of the stages (apart from the year abroad), it is possible within the University's awards framework to study one language; two languages; one or two languages plus another subject outside Modern Languages; or three languages. The following principles apply:

  • The 4-year programme is studied in four stages, one for each year of study; the third year is spent abroad. In exceptional circumstances only, subject to the agreement of the relevant Director of Education, it is possible to transfer onto the alternative 3-year BA Modern Languages programme should you be unable to spend a year abroad. The two programmes are identical at stages 1 and 2 (NQF levels 4 and 5) and at the final stage (NQF level 6), with one or more 30-credit compulsory language modules.
  • On the 4-year programme you will spend stage 3 abroad in one of the following ways:
    • on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study;
    • as an Assistant in a school under the scheme arranged by the British Council;
    • in approved paid or voluntary employment.
  • The year may be spent either in one country where a language of study is spoken or, if suitable arrangements can be made, divided between two countries. Exceptionally, other arrangements may be approved by the Director of Education. On the year abroad you are required either to take a compulsory module which tests your language acquisition, your intercultural competence and develops employability skills and environmental awareness, or, if you study at a University on an Erasmus exchange you will be assessed on the basis of the marks obtained at the host university and an oral examination held on your return to Exeter.
  • On the 3-year programme, transfer to which is permissible in exceptional circumstances only, you are encouraged wherever possible to spend a period of residence in countries where the language of study is spoken during a vacation before progressing to the final stage. The Programme Director for the relevant language discipline can advise you on the most appropriate way of gaining experience of independent learning for your individual circumstances.
  • You are registered on the 4-year programme unless you have explicitly applied for, and been admitted to, the 3-year version. If you register for the 4-year programme but are subsequently unable to meet the requirements for study abroad you may apply to transfer to the 3-year BA Modern Languages. Transfer from the 3-year to the 4-year programme is also possible up to the end of stage 2. All such transfers are subject to approval by the Director of Education and are only permissible in exceptional circumstances. Where you have completed the degree programme in three years, the words 'Three-Year Programme' will appear on your degree certificate; otherwise the titles of the 3-year and 4-year versions of a degree programme are identical.
  • You may take optional content modules in a language at any stage without necessarily taking the corresponding compulsory language module at the same stage. You will normally be required to have the relevant compulsory language module of the previous level in order to study an optional content module at the next level.

At any stage, you may, subject to availability, choose any one of the following options, with the minor variations at each stage as detailed:

  • 120 credits in one language discipline.
  • 90 credits in one language discipline and 30 further credits inside Modern Languages.
  • 90 credits in one language discipline and 30 further credits outside Modern Languages (e.g. a 30 credit module in History).
  • 60 credits in one language discipline and 60 credits in another.
  • In the three-language programme (entry to this programme at stage 1 (NQF level 4) is normally subject to two A grades at A Level or equivalent qualification in the two languages studied previously) you will take three compulsory 30-credit language modules; only one of these may be in an ab initio/beginners language (a language taken ab initio includes a language studied to GCSE). In addition, you will normally take one 15-credit content module in two of these languages. It is not normally possible to move from a two-language programme to the three-language programme at stage 2.  It is never possible, in any pathway, to add an ab initio language at stage 4 (NQF level 6).
  • 45 credits in one language discipline and 45 credits in another language discipline and 30 credits outside Modern Languages (e.g. 30 credits of Politics). (This option is only open to students on the 4-year programme).
  • 60 credits in one language discipline and 30 credits in another language (compulsory language module) and 30 credits in a further language (compulsory language module): This distribution would normally be found where a student has chosen to specialise in one language and study two others as ‘minor’ subjects. Please note that in order to add any third language at stage 2, you must normally have obtained a first-class result in your two compulsory language modules at stage 1.
  • 60 credits in one language discipline and 30 credits in another language (compulsory language module) and 30 credits outside Modern Languages (eg. 30-credit module in History).
  • 75 credits in one language discipline and 45 credits in another.

Stage 1


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

 

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

a select one, two, or three compulsory language modules depending on your UCAS offer, totalling 30-90 credits.



CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S1 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note a above]
MLF1001 French Language 30 Yes
MLF1052 French Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLG1001 German Language 30 Yes
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLI1001 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLI1052 Italian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLM1052 Beginners Chinese 30 Yes
MLP1052 Portuguese Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLR1001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLR1030 Russian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLS1001 Spanish Language 30 Yes
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30 Yes

Optional Modules

b select a further 30-90 optional credits. Please note that certain modules may only be available to students on Single Honours programmes, or to students who have taken a particular language module. This information will be given in the pre-requisites or co-requisites section of the relevant module descriptor.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S1 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
MLM1013 A Brief History of Modern China (1861-Present) 15 No
MLX S1 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLF1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No
MLF1103 The French Language, Present and Past 15 No
MLF1105 An Introduction to French Thought 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15 No
MLF1018 The Devil is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15 No
MLX S1 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1021 Outside In: An Introduction to Outcasts and Outsiders in German-language Literature and Film 15 No
MLX S1 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15 No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15 No
MLX S1 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15 No
MLX S1 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15 No
MLR1006 An Emotional Experience: Russian Literature and the Expression of Feeling 15 No
MLX S1 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
MLS1068 An Introduction to the Literature and Film of Spain 15 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15 No
MLS1164 A Journey of Discovery: Hispanic Global Culture 15 No
MLX S1 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note b above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15 No
SML1208 Language, Culture, and International Relations 15 No
SML1002 Constructing Nature: Stories we Live By 15 No
SML1018 The Devil Is in the Detail: An Introduction to the Short Story in French 15 No

Stage 2


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

 

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

c select one, two, or three compulsory language modules, totalling 30-90 credits.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S2 Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note c above]
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLF2152 Intermediate French 30 Yes
MLG2001 German Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLG2052 Intermediate German 30 Yes
MLI2001 Italian Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLI2051 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLM2052 Intermediate Chinese (One) 30 Yes
MLP2052 Intermediate Portuguese 30 Yes
MLR2001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral I 30 Yes
MLR2030 Intermediate Russian 30 Yes
MLS2001 Spanish Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLS2156 Spanish Language (ex-beginners) 30 Yes

Optional Modules

d select a further 30-90 optional credits; you may select a maximum of 30 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year. It is your responsibility to ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit count.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S2 Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLM2002 Politics of Contemporary China 15 No
MLM2003 Chinoiserie and Europeenerie: Artistic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe 15 No
MLX S2 French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLF2076 Subversive Texts: Baudelaire and Rachilde 15 No
MLF2005 Classical myth in French and francophone cinema 15 No
MLF2069 East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature 15 No
SML2209 Music in Medieval Europe 15 No
MLF2070 Violence and Virtue: Early Modern French Theatre 15 No
MLF2074 Translating Exile: Contemporary Francophone Women Writers 15 No
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15 No
MLF2056 Provoking Thoughts - French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century 15 No
MLX S2 German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLG2003 Youth and Age: Generations in German Fiction and Film 15 No
MLG2019 Gender, Race and Migration in 20th and 21st-century German Literature 15 No
MLG2018 Berlin - Culture, History and Politics 15 No
MLX S2 Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
AHV2208 Ideal Cities? Urban Cultures of Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLI2019 Italian(s) in the World 15 No
MLI2018 Love (and Marriage?) in Contemporary Italian Film Comedy 15 No
MLX S2 Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15 No
SML2002 Cultural Connections in Southern Africa: Literature and Film 15 No
MLP2002 Portuguese as a Global Language 15 No
MLX S2 Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLR2021 Understanding Russia 15 No
MLR2024 Exploring Revolution: The Making of Soviet Society and Culture in the 1920s 15 No
MLX S2 Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
MLS2070 Catalonia Is Not Spain? Modern Catalan Culture in Context 15 No
MLS2158 "What is Love? And Do I Need It?" An Introduction to Spanish Renaissance Love Poetry 15 No
MLS2072 Place and Identity in Contemporary Venezuelan Culture 15 No
SML2004 Contemporary Latin American Cinema 15 No
MLS2061 The Latin American Short Story 15 No
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15 No
MLS2073 Literary Non-Fiction in Argentina: When Writing Meets the Real 15 No
MLX S2 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note d above]
HUM2005 Tales of Freedom, Necessity and Providence 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2003 Research Skills in Languages and Cultures 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

e You must take one of these modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S3 Compulsory Year Abroad Modules 2023-4 [See note e above]
SML3010 Work and Study Abroad 120 Yes
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University (with Assessment in the Foreign Language) 120 Yes
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad 120 Yes

Stage 4


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

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

f select one, two, or three compulsory language modules, totalling 30-90 credits.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX Final Stage Compulsory Language Modules 2023-4 [See note f above]
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills 30 Yes
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30 Yes
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30 Yes
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills 30 Yes
MLP3111 Advanced Portuguese Language Skills 30 Yes
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills 30 Yes
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30 Yes

Optional Modules

g select a further 30-90 optional credits; you may select a maximum of 30 credits of the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year. These are additional to SML3015 or SML3030. You must always ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit count. Students following the three-language programme should not normally take more than one SML- or HUM- coded module per year, and if aiming for all three languages to be listed as 'majors' in the degree title must ensure that this module can be counted towards one of the three languages.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX Final Stage Chinese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLM3009 China through the Lens: Cultural Translation and Self-Presentation 15 No
MLM3008 Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature 15 No
MLM3011 China and the Third World: Foreign Relations and Nation Building in China in the Cold War Era 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
MLX Final Stage French Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15 No
MLF3078 Philosophers, Prophets, and Mystics in French Culture 15 No
MLF3050 Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court 15 No
MLF3079 Sex, Subversion and Censorship: Libertine Literature in Seventeenth-Century France 15 No
MLF3080 Les Miserables from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day 15 No
MLF3046 Dialectology in France 15 No
MLF3075 First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature 15 No
MLF3081 Sexual Politics: Gender Dynamics in Early Modern France 15 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
MLX Final Stage German Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15 No
MLG3040 Sex, Sciences and the Arts 15 No
MLX Final Stage Italian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15 No
AHV3002 Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy 15 No
MLI3033 Multicultural Italy 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
EAF3520 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
MLX Final Stage Portuguese Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLP3009 Afro-Brazil: Transatlantic Identities in Culture 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
MLX Final Stage Russian Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
MLR3026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
MLX Final Stage Spanish Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15 No
MLS3112 Spanish Modernists: Narratives of Identity, Gender and Nation 15 No
MLS3071 The Chilean Road to Socialism (1970-1973): What Happened and Why? Elements for a Debate 15 No
MLS3067 "Monster of Nature and Phoenix of Wits." An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega 15 No
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15 No
MLS3066 Almodovar's Spain: Cinema and Society 15 No
SML3014 Socialist Thought and Practice in Latin America and Africa 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
MLX Final Stage Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note g above]
SML3013 Through the Language Lens: the Relationship between Language, Culture and the Mind 15 No
SML3015 Dissertation 15 No
SML3043 Migration and Multilingualism 15 No
SML3041 Green Matters in Modern Languages and Cultures 15 No
SML3042 Transcultural Devon: Creating, Analysing and Subtitling Interviews in the Context of Migration 15 No
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30 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. Demonstrate a high level of accuracy and fluency in the production and comprehension of your chosen language/s, both orally and in writing.
2. Communicate effectively and appropriately with native and other competent speakers of your chosen language/s in an academic context, both orally and in writing.
3. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to analyse the structures and registers of your chosen language/s.
4. Show detailed knowledge of aspects of history and culture in the parts of the world where your chosen language/s is/are spoken, and evaluate them critically, using appropriate methodologies.
5. Analyse and interpret texts in your chosen language/s (including non-literary texts and other media, e.g. film) in relation to their cultural, historical and generic contexts, and articulate your understanding orally and in writing.

ILOs 1-3: The compulsory language modules at stage 1 (NQF level 4) include an introduction to language-learning strategies, so that you are enabled from the outset of your programme to become autonomous language learners. Subsequent stages require you to make systematic use of the self-access material available in the library, in the Language Centre, and via ELE.

You are advised by your language tutors on opportunities for reflection on your language-learning experience within your programme.

The language modules at each stage use authentic materials in your chosen language/s, both written (texts in a variety of styles and registers) and spoken (oral classes with native speakers, together with use of TV and the electronic media). These forms of target-language material are used in a variety of ways, including reading or listening comprehension, translation, and production of related material in your chosen language/s through exercises such as summarising, essay-writing and oral presentations. Instruction is reinforced by regular formative assessment of students' work, including comment on appropriateness of style, register, presentation, etc., as well as correction of grammatical and other errors.

Formal grammar is taught, both in class and by guided study of a textbook, at a level appropriate to each stage of the programmes and to your level of achievement at the outset of your programme.

The familiarity with the target language acquired in the compulsory language modules is reinforced by the study in optional modules of a wide range of literary and other texts in your chosen language/s. In addition, in optional modules, some teaching may be delivered in the target language, and you undertake a variety of exercises using the target language, especially at the higher levels.

ILOs 4-5: The stage 1 (NQF level 4) content modules give you a foundation knowledge on which to base your choice of options at higher levels, enabling you to explore and develop your interest in particular areas of your chosen language/s.

Knowledge of the relevant aspects of the culture of the countries where your chosen language/s is spoken is acquired through lectures and seminars, guided reading of primary and secondary texts (including those in non-printed media, e.g. film), and directed independent study. You learn to use the critical methodologies appropriate to the options chosen (literary criticism, linguistic or philological study, political or social history, film studies, etc) through writing essays and preparing seminar presentations, following initial guidance from lecturers, and through feedback on work submitted.

ILOs 1 and 2 are assessed explicitly by coursework marked throughout the year at stage 1, and by end-of-year written and oral exams at the second and final stages. In some optional modules, assessment may include an oral exposé in your chosen language/s. 3 is also explicitly assessed in optional modules in linguistics.

ILOs 4 and 5 are assessed by a combination of essays written during the module and January/end-of year written examinations.

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:

6. Demonstrate understanding of the linguistic principles required to assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language.
7. Examine critically any form of discourse arising from the close reading and analysis of texts.
8. Demonstrate understanding of generic conventions and the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience.
9. Show understanding of the variety of approaches to research in the field of languages and related studies, and of the reasons why such approaches may change.
10. Demonstrate receptiveness to foreign cultures and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.

ILO 6 is developed through the compulsory language modules throughout the programme, in your language work and in feedback from lecturers (in the form of both written comments and explanation in subsequent classes).

ILOs 7-10 are developed through lectures and seminars in optional modules, with progression from a relatively high level of input from lecturers at stage 1, to greater student autonomy at later stages. Modules at stages 3 and 4 (NQF level 6) (and to a limited extent also at stage 2 (NQF level 5)) are related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module, giving you an insight into relevant research issues.

ILO 10 is implicit in all study of the language and cultures of another country, and all modules challenge you to reflect critically on your receptiveness to foreign cultures. The Year Abroad offers an opportunity to develop these skills fully.

ILO 6 is assessed by the strategies described for the compulsory language modules under A above.

ILOs 7-10 are assessed by essays and January/end-of-year examinations, also as described under A above.

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:

11. Identify and analyse problems and appropriate strategies for resolving them.
12. Achieve effective communication in English of information, ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing.
13. Gather, select and organize material from a variety of sources and critically evaluate its significance.
14. Demonstrate skills of time-management and organisation in planning and executing a project to a prescribed length and deadline.
15. Exercise independent thought and judgement.
16. Be an effective and self-aware autonomous learner.
17. Work flexibly and creatively with others and engage in rational debate.
18. Demonstrate library and bibliographical research skills.
19. Use IT effectively both as a learning tool and as a means of communication.

ILOs 11 and 15 are essential elements in all academic study, and are developed by teaching strategies which require progressively more initiative from you as you progress through the programme, at each stage building on the skills which you have acquired at earlier stages. Typically, stage 1 (NQF level 4) modules are largely lecture-based while those at the final stage are based predominantly on seminar-style teaching. ILO 16 is similarly developed throughout the programme.

ILO 12, oral communication and interpersonal skills are developed in seminars, in both giving and responding to presentations. Skills of written communication are developed in essays and other exercises such as book reviews and dissertations.

ILOs 13-14 and 18 are organisational skills which are developed through the experience of preparing essays and presentations. Modern Languages has a standard essay feedback sheet which provides for evaluation and comment on these skills, along with other aspects of the essay.

ILO 19 is developed through the requirement, in the compulsory language modules at stages 1 and 2 (NQF levels 4 and 5), for you to use specially created websites; these are also used for a significant number of optional modules. IT skills are also developed through word-processing essays and dissertations. Guidance on responsible use of the internet is given in the Undergraduate Student Handbook and is reinforced in feedback given on essays.

ILOs 11 and 15 are skills which underpin successful performance in virtually all academic assessments, whether written or oral, seen or unseen.

ILO 12 is assessed by formative oral presentation and written exams, by assessed essays and dissertations.

ILOs 13 and 18 are assessed in essays and other written assignments.

ILO 14 is assessed by the requirement to meet deadlines and observe word lengths in submitting work for assessment, with penalties if these are not met.

ILO 16 is assessed though the increasingly independent coursework undertaken by you as you progress through the programme, and specifically in the modules taken during the year abroad in the 4-year programme.

ILO 17 Group presentations are assessed in some optional modules; in those where team-working skills are not explicitly assessed, these skills nonetheless contribute to the successful outcome of oral and written presentations.

ILO 19 is reflected in the marks awarded for presentation in essays and dissertations.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to the final stage of the BA (Hons) Modern Languages you must pass one of the non-condonable Study or Work Abroad modules, SML3010, SML3020, or SML3025. If you fail one of these modules you will be transferred to the 4-year BA (Hons) Global Cultural Studies programme. The 4-year BA (Hons) Global Cultural Studies programme is only available as an exit route from the BA (Hons) Modern Languages following failure at stage 3. If you are transferred to the BA Global Cultural Studies, your degree classification will be calculated from the credit-weighted average marks for stages 2 and 4 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

Programme-specific Award Rules

You will enter initially to study the BA (Hons) Modern Languages, but your final degree title will reflect the languages you have studied. Languages studied in equal or near-equal proportion at the second and final stages are placed in alphabetical order and separated by the conjunction 'and', eg ‘French and German’, or ‘French, German and Italian’. Equal or near equal proportion means, for a two-language degree, ratios such as 150:120 or 165:105 credits, or for a three-language degree, a ratio such as 60:90:120 (this total includes the credits gained on your year abroad, which for degree title purposes count as 30 credits in the language discipline of the relevant country). A language studied for 60 or 90 credits would normally be included in the degree title after the conjunction ‘with’. However, the languages in the three-language degree represent an exception to this practice; all 270 credits must be spread across the three languages (i.e. no modularity is allowed), and a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 120 credits are allowed for each of the three languages. This is because the emphasis in this particular degree is on language acquisition (i.e. all three language disciplines are taken as compulsory language modules at the final stage (NQF level 6)) and the degree title reflects this qualitative difference. When two languages are studied alongside a 30-credit non-Modern Languages subject at the second and final stages (NQF levels 5 and 6) (120 – Language A including year abroad credits; 90 – Language B; 60 – subject outside Modern Languages), the title will be ‘French with German’, but the non-Modern Languages subject will appear on the transcript. A language may not stand in the title alone (i.e. BA German) or with the conjunction ‘and’ (i.e. BA French and German), unless the final credits include 30 credits of the compulsory language module from the final stage (NQF level 6). In addition, in order to graduate in a single language discipline, you must have at least 180 credits in that language discipline from the second and final stages (NQF levels 5 and 6). In order to graduate in two language disciplines with ‘and’ in your degree title, you must have studied at least 105 credits in each language discipline, counting credits from both the second and final stages (NQF levels 5 and 6). In both cases this credit total includes the 120 credits gained on your year abroad, which according to departmental conventions will count for 30 credits in the language discipline of the relevant country. A language can normally only be mentioned in a degree title if it is studied for at least 60 credits, within either of the second and final years or spread across both (e.g. 30 credits in each year). Such minor languages are placed at the end of a degree title after the word 'with' (the three-language degree constitutes a special exception to this rule – see note above).

An example using French would be:

  • "... with French" – minimum of 60 credits, comprising 30 credits of French language at stage 2 (NQF level 5) and a further 30 credits either of French language, or relevant French option modules at stage 2 (NQF level 5 or higher).
  • "... with French Studies" – minimum of 60 credits of relevant option modules from the second and final stages (NQF level 5 or higher), which do not include language modules.
  • "with proficiency in French" – 60 credits of French language modules studied over two stages, between stages 1 and 4 (NQF levels 4 to 6), or a language studied for 60 credits outside the seven Modern Languages’ languages, may be included in the title with the addition of 'with, for example, proficiency in French' or 'with proficiency in Portuguese'.
  • "with proficiency in advanced French" – 60 credits of French language modules studied at advanced level/post A-level over stages 1 and 2 (NQF levels 4 and 5), or a language studied at advanced level/post A-level for 60 credits outside the seven Modern Languages’ languages, may be included in the title with the addition of 'with, for example, proficiency in advanced French' or 'with proficiency in advanced Portuguese'.
  • The only non-language subject which may appear in a degree title conferred by Modern Languages is TESOL, which will be awarded after “with”, e.g. “French with TESOL”, when 60 credits of TESOL modules (ELC2800 and ELC3800) have been studied.

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

As a student of Modern Languages you will have an academic tutor for your entire programme of study who will be available at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme.  An academic 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.

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Programme handbooksand other useful information can be accessed via the student intranet: www.intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php , which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

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) Modern Languages

19. UCAS Code

R900

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Languages and related studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/03/2010

Date of last revision

23/07/2021