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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Politics and Management

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Politics and Management Programme codeUFS3HPSSBECA
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme provides an opportunity for you to engage with some of the great challenges of our times. By exploring challenges such as the politics of work and business, the role of markets in addressing global environmental challenges, or the changing nature and role of organisations in civil society you will come to understand why politics and management are inextricably connected in meeting contemporary challenges.


Our academics bring the latest research to your degree, ensuring you develop the theoretical, practical, and field-based research techniques necessary to work in government, business and third sector organizations. In our programme academic excellence meets interdisciplinary real-world problem-solving. You will come to understand how the institutions of politics and the state engage with the various modes and forms of social and business organisation, how these interactions shape the world around us, and how they might be mobilized to meet the critical and pressing challenges of the 21st century.



The programme builds on Penryn’s interdisciplinary strengths in three key themes, which are connected to the complex transitions underway in Cornwall and around the world:

  • Environmental Sustainability– including business sustainability, environmental governance, industrial policy, energy policy, politics of fashion, environmental justice
  • Management and Work– including public policy, political participation, political psychology, politics of well-being and happiness, equality diversity and inclusion, political communication
  • Organization and Institutions – including workplace democracy, social movements, democratic theory, comparative politics, NGOs


In year one, you will take compulsory introductory modules in public policy, political participation, political communication, organizational studies and management. You will select modules from both departments, allowing you to specialise in areas such as political theory, global politics, accounting and marketing.


In year two, you will take core research training modules in political analysis and comparative politics as well as a specialised modules such as sustainable enterprise and project management. You begin to develop your capacity as an independent researcher with additional module choices from both departments emphasising research expertise environmental politics, public opinion, political communication, social enterprise, digital technologies and well-being. You will have the opportunity to undertake a Global Leader Experience in the summer term: a week-long immersive visit to a fascinating city where you will be faced with challenges you would not ordinarily face in the UK. You are taken abroad and submerged in local life to tackle a global challenge. Students go beneath the surface of the city and develop their self-leadership and employability in the process.


In your final year you will continue to specialise through core modules on marketing strategy and globalisation. You will work independently, under supervisors from Politics and/or Business, to produce a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. You will also further specialise by taking modules in such diverse fields as political campaign strategy, politics of fashion, political psychology, authoritarianism, climate change, social and technological innovation, organizational change and consultancy.


This programme is only available at University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, renowned for its setting in the Cornish landscape and for supportive and diverse learning environment, accessible staff, and world-leading interdisciplinary research and teaching. You can pursue a rigorous, intellectually challenging, and career-oriented programme that unites the world-class resources of the University of Exeter with the particular strengths in critical interdisciplinary research and teaching for which Penryn Campus is renowned, situated in the environmentally beautiful and politically complex setting of west Cornwall

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to:


  1. Offer a career-focussed programme with an ethos of ethics and sustainability
  2. combines the study of business, work, government, political communication, policy-making and ethics in a course that is designed for students seeking a managerial role in business, government, policy-making, civil service, third sector, human resources, consultancy or marketing.  
  3. Engage students in the pressing global challenges confronting business, governments and NGO’s, including increasing social inequalities, climate change, the future of work and the emergence of the gig economy, surveillance capitalism, public disillusionment with politics, and the rise of right-wing populism
  4. Teach you how to analyse change and uncertainty within complex, multi-faceted local and global environments, using local management, politics and governance in order to contextualise global issues and questions
  5. Help you to develop practical skills through problem-based learning.  This includes training in equality, diversity and inclusion and sustainable development
  6. Teach you the cutting edge skills required by current employers such as flexibility, willingness to engage with new and challenging ideas, multi-media competency and organisational strategic assessments.
  1. To offer you a range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.
  1. To maximise your learning and enjoyment through an optimal mixture of lectures, seminars, field-based learning and supervised research projects that is commensurate with your needs and abilities as you progress through the programme.

4. Programme Structure

The Bsc (Hons) Politics and Management is a three-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into three stages. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

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 following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website:


For a full list of Politics modules on Penryn Campus, see:


For a full list of Business Studies modules on Penryn Campus, see:


You must complete 360 credits, with at least 150 credits of Politics modules and 150 credits of Business Study modules throughout your degree.


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 may take elective modules up to 30 credits annually outside of the programme in stages 1-3 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, of which at least 15 credits must be selected from stage 1 Politics optional modules and 15 credits from stage 1 Business optional modules

Compulsory Modules

Stage 1: 60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules of which at least 15 must be taken from stage 1 Politics options and 15 credits from stage 1 Business options

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP1080 Theory and Practice of Management 15No
BEP1100 Understanding Work and Organisations 15No
POC1014 The Public Policy Process 15No
POC1031 Political Communication 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BSc Politics and Management - Year 1 Options (Business) 24.25
BEP1010 Business and Society 15 No
BEP1020 Business Practice and Analysis 15 No
BEP1120 Introduction to Economics 15 No
BEP1040 Marketing in a Digital Age 15 No
BEP1030 Operations Management: A Sustainable Perspective 15 No
BEP1160 Business History 15 No
BEP1070 Accounting 15 No
BSc Politics and Management - Year 1 Options (Politics) 24.25
POC1026 Power, Inequality and Global Justice 15 No
POC1029 Work Placement 15 No
POC1021 Key Concepts in Politics and International Relations 15 No
POC1003 British Government and Politics 15 No
POC1023 Participating in Politics 15 No
POC1028 Modern Political Theory 15 No
POC1022 Violence in World Politics 15 No

Stage 2

Compulsory Modules

Stage 2: 60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules of which at least 15 must be taken from stage 2 Politics options and 15 credits from stage 2 Business options


CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP2020 Project Management 15No
BEP2010 Sustainable Enterprise Economy 15No
POC2124 Political Analysis 15No
POC2098 Comparative Politics 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BSc Politics and Management - Year 2 Options (Business) 24.25
BEP2030 Business Practice (Placement/Work Experience Project) 15 No
BEP2040 Strategic Concepts for Business 15 No
BEP2050 Finance for Business 15 No
BEP2060 Research Inquiry for Practice 15 No
BEP2110 Workplace Wellbeing 15 No
BEP2120 Digital Technologies and the Future of Work 15 No
BEP2190 Understanding Financial Statements 15 No
BEP2200 Marketing Analytics 15 No
BSc Politics and Management - Year 2 Options (Politics) 24.25
POC2005 American Politics 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
POC2041 The Political Psychology of Elites 15 No
POC2128 Global Authoritarianism 15 No
POC2108 Political Geographies: Local to Global 15 No
POC2114 Green Politics in Theory and Practice 15 No
POC2012 The Ethics and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention 15 No
POC2018 National and Community Identity 15 No
POC2103 Introduction to Postcolonialism 15 No
POC2120 Power and Democracy 15 No
POC2123 Politics of the Middle East 15 No
POC2129 Gender and Politics in Africa 15 No
POC2130 Political Behaviour across Generations and the Life Course 15 No
POC2132 Politics of Work 15 No
POC2098 Comparative Politics 15 No
POC2124 Political Analysis 15 No

Stage 3

60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules of which at least 15 credits must be selected from final stage Politics optional modules and 15 credits from final stage Business optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEP3020 Practice-Based Consultancy Management 15No
BEP3110 Marketing Strategy 15No
POC3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BSc Politics and Management - Final Year Options (Business) 24.25
BEP3011 Business and Climate Change 15 No
BEP3070 Crisis: Change and Creativity in Organisations 15 No
BEP3010 Social and Technological Innovation 15 No
BEP3172 Future 17: Sustainable Development Goals Challenge 15 No
BEP3040 Local-Global Innovation (Cornwall Research Seminar Series) 15 No
BEP3171 The Economy of Space 15 No
BSc Politics and Management - Final Year Options (Politics)
POC3147 Politics of Work 15 No
POC3146 Party Politics, Voters and Elections in Britain 15 No
POC3103 The Resource Paradox: Blessing or Curse? 15 No
POC3095 Environmental Knowledge Controversies 15 No
POC3148 Political Psychology and Society 15 No
POC3128 Post-Soviet Politics and Societies 15 No
POC3023 Entangled Life: Radical Democracy in Theory 15 No
POC3026 Entangled Life: Radical Democracy in Practice 15 No
POC3097 The Politics of Gender, Sex and Sexuality 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
POC3130 Controversies in American Politics 15 No
POC3133 Chinese Politics and Society 15 No
POC3134 Queer Theory in the Global Context 15 No
POC3137 The Politics of Knowledge and Ignorance 15 No
POC3138 Field Trip 15 No
POC3141 Displacement and Migration in the Middle East 15 No
POC3142 Social and Islamist Armed Movements 15 No
POC3144 Gender and Politics in Africa 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. Demonstrate through written and oral work a solid understanding of theories and approaches in Politics and Business.
2. Apply knowledge of the recurring theoretical and empirical problems in Politics and business and demonstrate awareness of how each interacts with and shapes the other.
3. Apply knowledge of the main themes in relevant modules; trace the key developments within a topic and relate them to the broader subject matter; evaluate complex themes in Politics and Business; make specialist evaluations of key developments within particular topics.
4. Use different types of political and business evidence to address fundamental questions in Politics and Business, including: using different quantitative, qualitative and theoretical approaches to make sense of source material; using primary and secondary sources; and using field-based research and practical learning.
5. Appreciate the different approaches to evidence and argument in Politics and Business, evaluate scholarly work in both disciplines, evaluate methodological and empirical changes within and between disciplines, and be aware of the potential of interdisciplinary work.
6. Define a suitable interdisciplinary research topic in the subject area and pursue it to completion.
7. Present work in the format expected of Political Science or Business (as appropriate), including footnoting and bibliographical references.

-        1, 2 and 3 begin to be developed in stage one, especially core modules, though lectures, seminars, written assessments, and group and individual presentations. Second and final stage extend this foundation into more specialist knowledges and approaches, in the context of more defined debates.

-        2 and 3 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity and nuance develops according to stage. The choice of assessment topics that you are given in upper-level modules develops your capacity to assess, apply, and extend your relevent knowledge.

-        4 from the outset of the programme. Where applicable, you are encouraged to use the stage two modules in research methods, in Politics or Business and the final stage dissertation as a further way of addressing 4. Further, required field trip modules ensure you are instructed in field-specific methods and incorporation of field data into research and assessment.

-        5 is a requirement of all Politics and Business modules, but there is particular emphasis on developing methodological and theoretical complexity as you progress through the stages of the programme.

-        6 you are supported through your methods training and supervision structure to identify and pursue a self-defined research topic.

      7 you are given clear guidelines on style and               academic practice, suitable to each of Politics and Business, in online Handbooks, are instructed in such matters across all stages of the degree, and are expected to demonstrate it in all modules.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of:

-        term-time essays (1-5, 7),

-        critical reviews (1, 3, 5, 6),

-        examinations (1, 2, 3, 5),

-        year-long projects (the final stage dissertation) (1-7),

-        group role plays (1-3),

-        creative, narrative, and visual analyses (1-7)

-        oral presentations (1-5),

-        seminar participation (1-5, 7).

The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

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

8. Draw comparisons between empirical evidence and theoretical approaches from a variety of different cases.
9. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research and judge between competing views.
10. Show a clear understanding of the challenges of knowledge and different forms of evidence, and evaluate different approaches to knowledge in a given context.
11. Evaluate problems of reliability and bias in evidence and use evidence effectively to deploy logical arguments
12. Comprehend and effectively deploy complex terminology and discourses in politics and Business, in different situations.
13. Think and write effectively about large themes and new situations with a systematic approach to accuracy, precision and uncertainty.
14. Collate data from a range of sources, comprehend a range of texts, and reference sources accurately in written work
15. Present work and answer questions concisely in written and oral practice.
16. Ask pertinent and intellectually demanding questions of texts and other students.
17. Use library, electronic and other resources to conduct independent research.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, field trips, written work, oral work (both presentation and class discussion), and other interactive and collaborative learning practices that require engaging and assessing multiple perspectives

The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

These skills are assessed through a combination of:

-        term-time essays (8-15, 17)

-        critical reviews (8-12, 15)

-        examinations (8-15, 17)

-        year-long projects (final stage dissertation) (8-13, 17)

-        group role plays (10, 12, 13, 15, 16)

-        oral presentations (8-17)

seminar participation (8-16).

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:

18. 18. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines
19. 19. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word counts
20. 21. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature
21. 22. Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means in a manner appropriate to the intended audience.
22. 23. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups
23. 24. Interact effectively with peers, staff, and management
24. 25. Identify, formulate and evaluate questions or problems, develop relevant approaches to problem-solving and research design, and execute appropriate skills in research and communication.
25. 26. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale and develop capacity to critically evaluate own work and progress.
26. 27. Use C&IT tools effectively and appropriately to select, analyse, present and communicate political and business information, including effective interpretation of qualitative, quantitative, numerical, and statistical information as appropriate.
27. 28. Develop confidence in applying theoretical learning to practical learning

-        18 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.

-        19 is developed through the formative assessments and increasing complexity of assessment forms over the programme

-        20 is developed through practice: at all stages, you are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations.

-        21 is developed by ongoing opportunities to practice writing and speaking in academic contexts and receive continual, structured feedback

-        22 and 23 is developed through self-assessment of work, peer review and meetings with module convenors (which you generally arrange); also developed through seminars, which form the whole or part basis of all modules.

-        24 is 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.

-        25 is most closely supported through the research methods training and the dissertation supervision process.

-        26 is supported by the requirement to complete multiple forms of assessment that use C&IT tools relevant to a BA in Politics and Business, including word processing, powerpoint and other presentation software, image processing applications, and potentially spreadsheets and quantitative analysis tools.

These skills are assessed in Politics and Business modules through a combination of:

-        term-time essays of differing lengths – 2,000 words in Level 4 modules,

-        2,500-3,000 in Level 5 modules,

-        3,000-4,000 in Level 6 modules, and 10,000 in the Level 6 Dissertation (18-19, 22, 25-27),

-        critical reviews (18, 19, 22),

-        examinations (21),

-        year-long projects (final stage dissertation) (18-19, 22, 25-27),

-        group role plays (22-24),

-        oral presentations (18-19, 22-25, 27),

-        seminar participation (22-24).

The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

7. Programme Regulations


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

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be located in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies (Penryn Campus) which has working relationships with the other departments involved in this programme. The College has built a large library collection on the Cornwall campus. College staff make maximum use of on-line materials, including e-journals, EEBO, JSTOR and EBSCO, in the teaching programme. An inter-campus loan facility also gives Cornwall students full access to the University Library on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, where the collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions. You may also make use of the special collections held in Cornwall and Exeter, including the maritime history collection at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, and the Cornish Studies Library at Redruth. For dissertation work, in particular, you have an excellent range of libraries and archives within the county, and are also encouraged to use collections outside Cornwall, for which letters of introduction are written as necessary.


The College provides a Personal Tutor System for students based on the principles contained in the TQA Manual Code of Good Practice for Personal Tutor Systems. You are allocated a personal tutor who will be available for discussion of any problems or queries The tutor is available through office hours but also sees the tutee as a matter of course three times a year: once at registration (September/October); once for a structured annual appraisal of their performance during the inter-semester break (January); and once to discuss examination results and overall performance at each stage (June). The appraisal is particularly important – here, you discuss a pre-completed self-appraisal with their tutor, and agree an ‘action plan’ to consolidate and improve performance over the coming year. Personal tutors report to the Programme Leader. The Personal Tutor Scheme is overseen by the Head of Department.


The College ensures that a full record of your attendance, marks and seminar contribution is maintained over the duration of the programme. The College uses the BART system to monitor records of attendance and submission of work and to deliver marks, and for both departments seminar contributions will be monitored through Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) submissions.


Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services at the Cornwall Campus throughout the University including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Cornwall and Exeter campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network. E-mail is a standard channel of communication between students and staff. Student support materials, e.g. module descriptions are available on the Cornwall CSSIS web-site and reading lists are available on-line via ELE.


There is an ELE site for modules in both Politics and Business, built and maintained by the module convenor and a member of Cornwall campus IT Services staff, part of whose time is devoted to ELE at Cornwall.


The College and the University are pleased to welcome students with disability and provide extensive support services. Accessibility Services will develop a Personal Learning Plan for any student with disability, and this plan will enable the College to maximise the accessibility of the programme with support from the Personal Tutor in consultation with the College Disability Liaison officer and other members of the College. Almost all modules are classroom based and can be made accessible to students with a broad range of disabilities. You are encouraged, where possible, to contact their Personal Tutor and the Disability Liaison Officer in the semester before the Dissertation to enable forward planning.


In accordance with University policy, students in Combined Honours Politics and Business at the Cornwall Campus will have a representative on the Student/Staff Liaison Committee for Politics and International Relations. This allows students to contribute directly to the enhancement of educational and other provisions directly to the Programme Co-ordinator of the programme.

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

BSc (Hons) Politics and Management

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision