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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Economics and Politics Programme codeUFS3SBEHPS01
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 programme is taught jointly by members of staff from the University of Exeter Business School and the Department of Politics within the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in both disciplines, particularly in their more practical aspects, and bring out their connection and inter-relationship. At each level there is a special inter-disciplinary module. Each of these modules, in its different way, explores the interaction between economic ideas and economic behaviour on the one hand and the working of the political process and government policy on the other.

In the first year, you take introductory modules in economics and politics and in statistical analysis. During the second and final years a variety of modules are taken, some of which are especially concerned with policymaking processes in economic and social affairs. As one of your final examination papers, you select from a range of options offered by the two Schools, and can thus specialise to some extent in either politics or economics; additionally, you have the opportunity to present a dissertation on a suitable topic, provided that satisfactory arrangements can be made for its supervision.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide an excellent education across the range of political and economic studies, from core to specialist, in a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research.
2. To enable students to understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories of the disciplines of Economics and Politics.
3. To enable students to analyse, interpret and evaluate political events, ideas and institutions and to relate their academic study to questions of public concern.
4. To give students a solid grounding in economic concepts and reasoning, while also providing opportunities to explore how these core principles can be applied to various areas.
5. To develop students' competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills.
6. To offer students a wide range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree
7. To equip graduates to be questioning and productive members of society.

4. Programme Structure

Your Economics and Politics programme is a three year 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.  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. 

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://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/undergraduate/economics/ba_ep/programmestructure/

 

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

A) Students have achieved a Grade B or above at A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent) may apply to take BEE1024 Mathematics for Economists, BEE1036 Economics I AND BEE1037 Economics II instead of BEE1029 Economics Principles with the permission of the Programme Director. BEE1036 and BEE1037 will be non-condonable

B) This module is only compulsory for students who do not have a Grade B or above at A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEE1025 Statistics for Business and Management 15No
BEE1029 Economic Principles See note B30Yes
BEE1032 History of Economic Thought 15No
BEE1035 Basic Quantitative Methods See note A15No
POL1047 Global Sustainability Governance and Policy 15No
POL1029 Introduction to Comparative Politics 15No

Optional Modules

15 or 30 credits of optional modules (depending on note A above)

http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/modules/

https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/ugmodules_exeter/

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

C) This is a compulsory second year module. However students who have passed BEE1036 Economics I, BEE1037 Economics II and BEE1024 Mathematics for Economists may do BEE2025 Microeconomics II and BEE2025 Macroeconomics II with the permission of the Programme Director

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEE2038 Intermediate Microeconomics See note C15Yes
BEE2039 Intermediate Macroeconomics See note C15Yes
POL2046 The Economics of Politics 15No
POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy 15No

Optional Modules

  • 30 or 60 credits of optional modules (depending on note C above).  At least 15 credits of Economics modules and at least 15 credits of Politics modules.

     http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/modules/

     https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/ugmodules_exeter/

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEE3042 International Political Economy OR15No
BEE2033 Public Finance (If not taken at level 2)15No

Optional Modules

120 credits:

  • 45 credits from Economics (to include either BEE3042 or BEE2033 if not taken at level 2)
  • 30 credits must be from stage 3 of the Politics programme.
  • A further 15 credits of EITHER Economics or Politics modules.
  • A further 30 credits of optional modules. Students are free to choose a maximum of 30 credits outside their main degree subjects.

    http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/modules/

    https://politics.exeter.ac.uk/students/ugmodules_exeter/


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. Understand the nature and significance of politics as a human activity.
2. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices.
3. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of economics, at both the microeconomic and macroeconomic level.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation of how these concepts can be used to understand the economic dimension of issues that arise at the level of the individual, the organisation, or society as a whole.
6. Demonstrate a knowledge of basic statistical and econometric techniques, and ability to use them to investigate particular economic hypotheses.

  • A1 and A4 are developed across all programme stages, moving from broad areas of politics in stage 1 to progressively more specialised aspects at stages 2 to 3.
  • A2 and A3 are present in some form in all Politics modules. A3 is also ensured through directed module choice embedded in programme pathways at stages 1 and 2.
  • A4 is served by the core Economics modules BEE1029 and BEE1025 which enable students to progress from a basic to intermediate level of understanding.
  • A5 is reflected in BEE2033 and BEE1025.
  • The core statistics module BEE1025 ensures a basic competence of statistics (A6).

1  Exams (all 6 ILOs)

2 Essays (all 6 ILOs)

3 class exercises (all 6 ILOs)

4 individual and group presentations (all 6 ILOs)

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. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of sources
8. Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information, and critically analyse subject material.
9. Manage own learning self-critically.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, with progression in B7 and B8 as students move from stage to stage. B9 is developed through peer and self assessment of assignments, staff feedback on formative assignments, and student self-appraisal.

B7 and B8 are assessed through term-time essays, oral presentations, and examinations.
B9 is not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement).

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:

10. CONFIDENT COMMUNICATOR: Able to adapt and adjust both written and verbal communication styles, to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
11. INNOVATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVER: Able to confidently explore challenges from different perspectives, to creatively offer practical and timely solutions.
12. PROACTIVE COLLABORATOR: Able to actively build strong working relationships with others to have positive outcomes.
13. DIGITALLY FLUENT: Able to embrace a variety of digital technologies to critically source, process and communicate information.
14. RESILIENT SELF-ADVOCATE: Able to develop self-awareness through a commitment to learning from experiences and taking responsibility for personal growth.
15. CRITICAL THINKER: Able to proactively analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to draw independent and well-founded conclusions.
16. GLOBALLY ENGAGED: Able to recognise diverse individual and cultural perspectives, in order to communicate on interconnected world issues and sustainable decisions

10 BEE 1032 History of Economic Thought requires seminar presentations tofellow-students uninitiated in the subject. Other work is done with the assumption that audience / reader is already an expert.

11 POL 1029 Comparative Politics, BEE 1032 History of Economic Thought and BEE 3042 International Political Economy are all about differing perspectives in economics and political science. Their coursework therefore by definition involves challenges from different perspectives.

12. BEE1032 History of Economic Thought asks students to work in groups.

 

13. BEE1025 Statistics for Business and Management instructs students in the use of software packages such as Excel and Minitab.

14 all core modules. Students are adults and entirely responsible for their own learning and growth.

15 BEE1029 Economic Principles allows students to apply the economic way of thinking to understand microeconomic problems such as why markets allocate resources where they are most wanted; why prices and wages rise and fall; how consumers allocate their budgets, and how firms arrive at production decisions.

POL1047 Global Sustainability Governance and Policy asks students to engage critically with material and to obtain a degree of academic impartiality on the prevailing trends in the environmental policies of governments around the world

POL1029 Introduction to Comparative Politics requires students to assess the insightfulness of different interpretations of political texts and phenomena. In addition students must assimilate and analyse a range of sources in political theory;

BEE2039 Intermediate Macroeconomics asks students to critically evaluate macroeconomic policies; after completing the module, students are able to apply economic reasoning to the analysis of economic questions and policy.

POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy asks students to think critically about how the international political economy is conceived and governed, in particular through evaluating issues of power and equity.

POL2046 The Economics of Politics aims to provide students with the skills to critically evaluate and apply rational choice approaches as an analytical tool for the examination of political phenomena.

BEE3042 International Political Economy critically explores contemporary issues in international political economy such as the nature and logic of capitalism, the rise of neo-liberalism, new economic thinking and globalisation.


16 POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy instructs students about how the how the international political economy impacts on particular actors, including governments; firms and other producers; civil society

BEE3042 International Political Economy - The massive differences of income levels between countries is a well known fact. The central focus of the module is to study the factors behind economic development and growth. In this module, we focus on two factors, institutions and culture.

 

10. POL2027 – Essay (ILOS 1& 3) and Issue Briefing (ILO 3)

BEE3042 – Examination and essay– (ILOs 1 and 3)

11. BEE1029 – Examination 1 and 2, gropu presentation and online exercises (ILOs 4 and 8 )
POL1049 – Case study report (ILOS 2 & 3) and blog (ILOS 2&3)

POL1029 - Examination and Essay (ILOs 3 and 4)

BEE2038 – Examination and ELE quizzes (ILOs 4 and 5)

BEE2039 – Examinations 1 & 2 and homework tasks (ILOs 4 and 5)

11. POL2027 – Essay (ILOS 1& 3) and Issue Briefing (ILO 3)

POL2046 –Examination (ILOs 3, 6 and 7)

BEE3042 – Examination and essay (ILO 7)

12. POL2027 – Essay (ILOS 1& 3) and Issue Briefing (ILO 3)

14. BEE1025 – Examination and Mid-Term (ILOs 5 and 8)

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.

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.

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

University of Exeter Business School (UEBS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics

19. UCAS Code

LL12

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Economics
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/07/2012

Date of last revision

20/06/2022