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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations Programme codeUFS3HPSHPS04
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This exciting and distinctive programme combines the study of politics and international relations with rigorous training in research design and statistical data analysis.  BSc Politics and International Relations offers the opportunity to examine key questions in the field of politics and international relations, while also gaining data analysis skills that are increasingly in demand from employers in the UK and abroad.  Students will study how government is constituted and how politics takes place on a global scale.  They will explore the foundations of the study of politics in terms of its objects of analysis, the nature of political knowledge and the design of political research.  Students will examine the various forms of politics through history and in thought.  They will interrogate the questions of the political including the various forms of government, the nature of public policy and administration, of war and peace, and of resource scarcity and distribution.  They will address these questions via traditional lectures and tutorials as well as innovative group work, simulations and technical training.  Students will take modules of study that introduce to them to these big questions under the guidance of leading scholars in their fields.  From their second year they will undertake introductory modules in research design and quantitative methods. By their second and third years they will focus on the specific manifestations of these questions by taking optional modules on the global governance, forms of democracy, party politics, electoral political, political parties, security, development and conflict.  In their third year students will undertake a compulsory research project.  This is a work of guided research – as an individual or in a group – which draws on their training in research design and methods as well as their increased understanding of the important debates of politics. This programme offers the option of progressing to a fourth year of study in order to attain a Masters of Politics and International Relations. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

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

4. Programme Structure

The BSc Politics and International Relations degree is a 3 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 3 ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year. The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. This single honours programme is studied over three years and is university-based throughout that time.

The 'level' of a module (designated by the first number in the module code) indicates its position in the progressive development of academic abilities and/or practical skills. The degree programme contains compulsory and elective modules and, under the University's rules on modularity, as part of the degree programme students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subject, choosing from modules in another department within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, or within another College. You may take Elective Modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in each 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. Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the Discipline/Unit (normally given by the student's personal tutor). Assessment at Stage 1 does not contribute towards the overall mark for the degree programme, although an overall pass is necessary for progression to Stage 2.

Interim Awards

Under exceptional circumstances a student may exit the programme with a Certificate of Higher Education on completion of 120 Credits (with at least 90 at NQF level 4) or  a  Diploma of  Higher Education on completion of 240 credits (with no more than 150 credits at NQF level 4, and at least 90 credits at NQF level 5).

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.

The BSc Politics and International Relations 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.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL1019 Power and Democracy 15No
POL1017 Globalisation of World Politics 15No
SSI1005 Introduction to Social Data 15Yes
SSI1006 Data Analysis in Social Science 1 15Yes

Optional Modules

In addition, students take 60 credits from Level 1 of the Politics and International Relations programme. 

View option modules here

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


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI2004 Research Design in the Social Sciences 15Yes
SSI2005 Data Analysis in Social Science 2 15Yes

Optional Modules

Students must also take 90 credits from modules at Level 2 of the Politics and International Relations programme. 

View option modules here

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

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI2002 Data Analysis in the Workplace 15No

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3019 Quantitative Dissertation 30Yes

Optional Modules

Students must select a 90 credits from Level 3 of the Politics and International Relations programme.

View option modules here

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. Employ quantitative analysis of political data.
2. Apply concepts and theories used in the scientific study of politics to the analysis of political institutions and behaviour.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different politics systems operating at the national, European and international level.
4. Evaluate competing perspectives and research findings about political issues and events .

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

2 and 3 are present in some form in all Politics modules. Development of 2 is ensured through the requirement of the students to take two theory modules in stage 1 and at least one theory module in stages 1 and 2.  

3 is also ensured through directed module choice embedded in programme pathways at stages 1 and 2.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

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

5. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
6. Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information, and critically analyse subject matter.
7. Manage your own learning self-critically.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme with progression in stages 1 and 2 as students move from stage to stage.  

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

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

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:

8. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing.
9. Use information and communication technology (ICT) for the retrieval and presentation of information.
10. Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organization and time-management.

8 is developed through presentations, class discussions and written assignments.  

9 and 10 are developed through presentations and written assignments.

8 and 10 are assessed through presentations, written assignments, and examinations.  

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

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

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

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

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

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

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

 

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

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

Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) is used throughout the University to make course materialsavailable 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 isavailable from the majority of rooms in University halls of residence through the ResNet system. 

All of these suites have the standard ‘palms’ printing systems in them (printing from credit held on your university card).                                                                                                                                                                           

Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and Cornwall campuses.

 

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

 

 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

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

10. Admissions Criteria

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

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

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

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

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

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

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations

19. UCAS Code

L292

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date

26/2/14

Date of last revision

30/3/15