Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History and Politics

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History and Politics Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS05
Study mode(s) Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2012

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This joint honours programme is studied over three years and is university-based throughout that time. It is comprised of three stages, of 120 credits per stage, each of which normally occupies an academic year so that it requires three years to accumulate the 360 credits required for a final award. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the Colleges. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme aims: 
• To offer an excellent Honours-level education in History and Politics. 
• To ensure that graduates from the programme are useful, productive and questioning members of society. 
• To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of History through a combination of both broad and detailed focuses on particular aspects of the past, study of a range of time periods, and study of different geographical areas; who understand the methods which historians use to study the past; and who can analyse the development of past societies. 
• To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Politics through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the discipline. 
• To develop students’ competence in the specific skills required in History and in Politics, and in core academic and personal and key skills. 
• To offer a wide range of choice within the programme of study, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.

4. Programme Structure

This joint honours programme is studied over three years and is university-based throughout that time. It is comprised of three stages, of 120 credits per stage, each of which normally occupies an academic year so that it requires three years to accumulate the 360 credits required for a final award. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the Colleges. 

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.

The programme is divided into units called modules. Each module studied successfully contribute 15 or 30 credits toward the degree. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload and one credit is nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. 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 as part of the degree programme students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subjects, choosing from modules in another discipline. Given the demands of this joint honours programme, students will not be able to choose 30 credits outside their programme at stage 1. However, they will be able to do so at both stages 2 and 3.

The full list of modules is available (with module descriptions) at https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/taught/mods_by_cat.php for History modules and
http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/modules.php for Politics modules.

Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the Colleges (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 disciplines. 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. 
The overall mark for the degree is calculated from the marks for Stages 2 and 3, which are weighted 1:2. Please refer to the University UG Assessment Procedures for further information http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/taught/graduation/ugdegreesandawardsassessmentprocedures/

Stage 1


For History you will take HIH1400, Making History, 15 credits; HIH1410 Understanding the Medieval and Early Modern World

OR HIH1420 Understanding the Modern World (30 credits)

You will also choose one Sources and Skills module in term 2


POL1016A - History of Political Thought I 15 credits
POL1016B - History of Political Thought II 15 credits

Students to choose up to 30 credits from other modules at Level 1 of the Politics Programme.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL1016A History of Political Thought 1 15No
POL1016B History of Political Thought 2 15No
HIH1400 Making History 15No
HIH1410 Understanding the Medieval and Early-Modern World OR30No
HIH1420 Understanding the Modern World 30No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Stage 2
Students take one of four pathways:

Pathway A
History Option 30 Credits
History Option 30 Credits
and
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

Pathway B
HIH2002 Uses of the Past 30 credits
History Option 30 Credits
and
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

Pathway C

HIH2001 Doing History 30 credits

History Option 30 Credits

and POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

Pathway D

HIH2001 Doing History 30 credits

HIH2002 Uses of the Past 30 credits

POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits


Students to choose up to 45 credits from other parts of the Level 2 Politics Programme.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH2001 Doing History: Perspectives on Sources Pathway C and D30No
HIH2002 Uses of the Past Pathway B and D30No
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity All pathways15No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


Students must take one of three pathways. Students may only opt for Pathway C if they have taken Pathway B (HIH2001 Doing History) at Stage 2.

Pathway A
Two co-requisite History Special Subject modules 2 x 30 60 Credits
and
POL3040 - Dissertation 30
At least 30 credits of Level 3 POL Modules.

Pathway B
Varieties of History module 30
Varieties of History module 30
and
POL3040 - Dissertation 30
and
30 Credits of Level 3 Politics Module 

Pathway C
Varieties of History module 30
HIH3005 History Dissertation 30
and
60 credits of the Level 3 POL modules (but not POL3040 - Dissertation. STUDENTS MAY ONLY WRITE ONE DISSERTATION IN EITHER HISTORY OR POLITICS): 30

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL3040 Dissertation Pathways A & B30No
HIH3005 General Third-Year Dissertation Pathway C30No
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. History: Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical problems confronting historians.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the recurring themes in History, such as class, gender, ethnicity, religion and war, and of the main themes in particular topics selected for modules; trace the key developments within a topic and relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter; evaluate complex themes in History; make close specialist evaluation of key developments within particular periods/topics.
3. Show awareness of the variety of approaches taken to historical research; ability to evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical works; ability to evaluate the reasons for changes in historiographical approaches.
4. Define a suitable research topic in the subject area and pursue it to completion.
5. Use different types of historical source; evaluate different and complex types of historical source; use primary sources in a professional manner.
6. Present work in the format expected of historians, including footnoting and bibliographical references.
7. Show knowledge of how quantitative data can be used in historical research.
8. Politics: Demonstrate significant understanding of the nature of Politics as an academic discipline, and familiarity with the fundamental concepts of political science.
9. Show a detailed knowledge of British political institutions.
10. Show substantial knowledge of a range of political theories, their significance and the major critical positions adopted towards them.
11. Show detailed knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, the subjects studied in the elective level 2 and 3 modules.
12. Show at least a basic knowledge of EITHER international relations theory OR political theory OR theories of comparative government, according to the elective modules taken at stage 1.

A1, A2 and A3 are developed at Stage 1 in the History Foundation module, though lectures, seminars, and written work. A1 is further developed in other modules, especially the Varieties, where taken. A2 and A3 form the backbone of all History modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity and nuance develops according to stage. The choice of essays that they are given in all modules develops A4 in students from the outset of their programme. Where applicable, students are encouraged to use the Stage 2 'Doing History' as a way of addressing A4, and concentrate on doing so in the History Dissertation at Stage 3; it is also developed throughout the programme through essay work. A5 is a requirement of all History modules, but there is particular primary source emphasis – developing in complexity as the student progresses through the stages of the programme – at Stage 1 in History Sources and Skills, at Stage 2 in History Options (and 'Doing History', where applicable) and at Stage 3 in whichever are opted for among History Options, Special Subject and Dissertation. Students are given clear guidelines about A6 in the History Undergraduate Handbook, are instructed in such matters in the History Foundation, and are expected to demonstrate it in all modules. A7 is developed through the Foundation module and may be developed in other elective modules. 

A8 is developed through all modules at all levels, at increasing degrees of complexity as the programme progresses from level to level. A9 is developed through POL1016A and POL1016B, and may be further developed in elective modules thereafter. A10 is developed through POL2059. A11 is developed through the elective modules taken at Stages 2 and 3. A12 is developed initially at Stage 1, and at least one will be developed further thereafter according to the elective modules taken.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, oral presentations, and examinations (and, where applicable, 'Doing History' and History or Politics dissertation work). 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:

1. Able to: Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources.
2. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research.
3. Judge between competing views.
4. Show a clear understanding of the nature of both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
5. Show clear awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
6. Think and write broadly about large themes.
7. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
8. Use a library and the world-wide web to find information.
9. Deploy argument, based on professional standards of evidence use.
10. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, evidence.
11. Collate data from a range of sources.
12. Reference sources accurately in written work.
13. Answer questions concisely in writing.
14. Present work and answer questions orally.
15. Think of pertinent and relevant questions to ask other students.
16. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, assessed 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:

1. Able to: Undertake independent study and ability to work to deadlines.
2. Use a word processor and the world-wide web to a high standard.
3. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
4. Evaluate own work.
5. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature.
6. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
7. Work with others as part of a team.
8. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
9. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups. If taking 'Doing History' and/or Dissertation in either subject:
10. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.
11. If taking History Varieties: Evaluate peers’ work formally in a structured setting.

1 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme. 2 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through the requirement on students to use the WWW for bibliographical searches. 3 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme. 4 is developed through the self-assessment of work in the stage 1 History Sources and Skills module, and through the qualitative self-assessment involved in completing cover sheets for all essays and presentations. 5 is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations. 6 is developed through seminars, which form the whole (History Sources and Skills, and, where applicable, Special Subjects) or part basis of all modules. The skills in 7 and 8 are 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. However, there is particular emphasis on 7 (and 9) in stage 1 Sources and Skills, where students work as part of a team to present and respond to the presentations of others, and, in the group presentations in History Varieties at stage 3. 10, where applicable, is developed through the 'Doing History' at stage 2 (3 formal deadlines over the year) and, at stage 3, through the Dissertation, whether in History or Politics, which has a single end of year deadline. Peer assessment (11) (where applicable) forms the basis of the mark which students carry forward as 25% of their mark for the stage 3 History Varieties modules.

The skills in 1, 2 and 3 are assessed in all History modules. 3 is covered by the fact that students write essays which are summatively assessed of differing lengths, viz 1,500 words in Perspectives, 2,000 words in Varieties, 2,500-3,000 in Specials, 3,000 in Options, and 9-10,000 in the Dissertation: sources work for Specials varies from 500 or 1,000 words to 2,000 words in length. In addition, where applicable, presentations are formally assessed – by peers with tutor moderation in Varieties, and by the tutor in Specials. Self-assessment (4) forms the basis of summative assessment in Sources and Skills. Timed examinations form part of the assessment for Perspectives, Options and (where applicable) Special Subjects:-Context (67%) and Varieties (50%). Formative assessment of work in seminars (6) takes place in Options, and there is assessment of presentations as stated above. 10, where applicable, is covered by the Dissertation (in either subject) and, to a lesser extent, the 'Doing History'. Where applicable, team work skills are formally assessed in History Varieties by peer assessment of group presentations (7-9, 11).

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 Humanities (CHUM)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History and Politics

19. UCAS Code

LV21

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

07/02/2012