Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2012

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The Single Honours programme is a progressive one, building on a broad foundation in the first year to highly specialised work in the final year, including a dissertation on a topic of personal interest. With a degree in politics from Exeter you’ll gain a sound knowledge of the four principal areas of study: political thought, international relations, comparative government, and public policy. Modules in Years 1 and 2 give you a basic grounding in these four areas. You’ll also gain a wider understanding of the world by focusing on both the theoretical and practical problems of politics through a combination of core compulsory modules and specialised optional ones. Your choice of optional modules increases each year to comprise 50 per cent of your studies in Year 2 and 75 per cent in Year 3. The programme combines an academic grounding in the study of political science with access to current issues and practical experience. Internships with Devon County Council are available

Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the School (normally given by the student's personal tutor). Modules are not all available every year; options are offered each year at the discretion of the College. A module may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows, and if the module or an equivalent module has not been taken previously.

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 students 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 students' competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills.
4. To offer students a wide range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.
5. To equip graduates to be questioning and productive members of society.

4. Programme Structure

Your BA Politics 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.  Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the Unit.

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 optional 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 School (normally given by the student's personal tutor). Modules are not all available every year; options are offered each year at the discretion of the College. A module may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows, and if the module or an equivalent module has not been taken previously.

Assessment at Stage 1 is formative and does not contribute towards the overall mark for the degree programme, although an overall pass is necessary for progression to Stage 2.

For a 3-year programme the classification is calculated by weighting the stages:
Stage 1: does not count towards classification.
Stage 2: 1 33.33 %
Stage 3: 2 66.67 %

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. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option 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. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/undergraduate/modules/

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

Required Modules:

Students to take 60 credits from
POL1001A - British Government and Politics (15 credits)
OR
POL1020 - Politics in Europe (15 credit)

POL1016A - History of Political Thought I (15 credit)
OR
POL1016B, History of Political Thought II (15 credit).

POL1017 Globalisation of World Politics (15 credits)
OR
POL1018 The Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century

POL1019 Power and Democracy (15 credits)
OR
POL1006 State and Society

Optional Modules

In addition, students must take a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 credits from Level 1 of the Politics programme (as listed above).

Students are free to choose a maximum of 30 further credits outside their main degree subject.

Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15No
POL2060 Public Policy and Administration 15No
POL2062 Comparative Politics: Approaches and Concepts 15No

Optional Modules

Students to take a minimum of 45 and a maximum of 75 credits from modules at Level 2 of the Politics programme (below).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PoliticsS2UG2016-17
POL2055 EU Member States 15 No
POL2071 Experimental Research in the Social Sciences 15 No
POL2052 Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility 15 No
POL2067 Gendering World Politics 15 No
POL2068 Global Justice and Transnational Democracy 15 No
POL2058 Governance and Public Policy in the EU 15 No
POL2001 Government II: Comparative Politics 30 No
POL2042 International Relations - Order and Justice 15 No
POL2039 International Relations, Introduction to Strategic Studies 15 No
POL2037 International Relations, Rethinking Third World Politics 15 No
POL2038 International Relations, War and Peace in the Middle East 15 No
POL2063 Introduction to Middle East Politics 15 No
POL2021 Introduction to Postcolonial Politics 15 No
POL2036 Introduction to Strategic Studies 30 No
POL2049 Media, Public Opinion and Campaigns 15 No
POL2008 Middle East Politics 15 No
POL2032A Modern Political Thought: From Hobbes to Wollstonecraft 15 No
POL2032 Modern Political Thought - From Hobbes to Marx 30 No
POL2032B Modern Political Thought: From Kant to Marx 15 No
POL2030 Order and Justice in International Society 30 No
POL2026 Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas 15 No
POL2045 Political Analysis: Methods 15 No
POL2022 Political Ideologies 15 No
POL2050 Political Philosophy 15 No
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 No
POL2053 Power Politics and Leadership 15 No
POL2041 Ppa - Politics of the Public Sector 15 No
POL2040 Ppa - Public Policy 15 No
POL2060 Public Policy and Administration 15 No
POL2003 Public Policy and Administration 30 No
POL2070 Quantitative methods in political science 15 No
POL2072 Race, Ethnicity and Politics 15 No
POL2033 Rethinking Third World Politics 30 No
POL2057 Security Studies 15 No
POL2046 The Economics of Politics 15 No
POL2064 The Political Economy of Globalization 15 No
POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

A minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits from Level 3 of the Politics programme.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POLS3UG2016-17
POL3069 Globalisation and the Politics of Resistance 30 No
POL3070 Electoral Politics 30 No
POL3074 The Politics of Climate Change 30 No
POL3120 War and Public Opinion 30 No
POL3123 Strategy in the Twenty-First Century: From Idea to Practice 30 No
POL3124 Anarchism and World Ordering 30 No
POL3125 The History and Political Development of Iraq 15 No
POL3126 Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies 15 No
POL3127 EU Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and North Africa 30 No
POL3128 Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond 15 No
POL3129 Politics and Reform in the Gulf 15 No
POL3136 Political Psychology 30 No
POL3148 Human Rights and the Political 30 No
POL3153 Justice, Democracy and Civil Society 30 No
POL3156 Central Asian Politics 30 No
POL3166 Comparing Western Democracies: Parties, Elites, Institutions 30 No
POL3168 War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary Conflict 30 No
POL3170 Marxism and Post-Structuralism 30 No
POL3174 International Security and US Foreign Policy 30 No
POL3175 Nationalisms in the Middle East 15 No
POL3177 The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World 30 No
POL3179 City Politics: Power, Policy and Conflict 30 No
POL3180 Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections 30 No
POL3184 Politics of Semidemocratic and Authoritarian Countries 30 No
POL3186B Gender, Militarization and Resistance 30 No
POL3187 Sub-National and Local Governance: A Practice Approach 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120


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. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different political system operating at the national, European and international level
4. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events.

1  and 4 re developed across all programme stages moving from broad areas of politics in stage 1 to progressively ore 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:

1. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
2. Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and critically analyse subject matter
3. Manage 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.

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

1 and 2 are assessed through term-time essays, oral presentations and examinations

3 is not assessed (there are 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:

1. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing
2. Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of information
3. Work independently,demonstrating initiative, self organisation and time maangement
4. Collaborate with others to achieve common goals

1 is developed through presentations, class discussions and written assignments

3 and 3 are developed through presentations and written assignments

4 is not assessed as there is no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement.

1 is assessed through presentations, written assignments and examinations

2 and 3 are assessed through presentations and written assignments that require ICT for the retrieval and presentation of information

4 is not assessed (there are no requirement to do so in the subject benchmark statement)

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

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 with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support 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.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

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.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Politics

19. UCAS Code

L200

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

01/10/1993

Date of last revision

20/12/2012