Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS09
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 Philosophy and Politics programme at Exeter allows you to develop into graduates who are useful, productive and questioning members of society. You will become grounded in the main themes of Philosophy and Politics through a combination of modules which will enable you to develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the world and of ourselves. You will study combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of how societies, institutions and practices of all kinds came into being, how they are currently organised, and how they might change in the future.

This degree programme will enable you to become competent in the specific skills required in Politics and in Philosophy, and in core academic and personal and key skills. You will be offered 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.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To produce graduates from the programme who are useful, productive and questioning members of society.
2. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Philosophy through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the world and of ourselves.
3. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Politics through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of how societies, institutions and practices of all kinds came into being, how they are currently organised, and how they might change in the future.
4. To develop students competence in the specific skills required in Politics and in Philosophy, and in core academic and personal and key skills.
5. 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.

The programme aims:

4. Programme Structure

The combined honours programme is studied over three years, all of which are university-based. Study is undertaken in three levels, one for each year of study. The programme is divided into units called modules. Modules have a credit value of 15 or 30 credits; 15 credit modules last for one term and 30 credit modules last for two terms. Each stage comprises 120 credits.

Assessment at stage one does not contribute towards the summative classification of the award. Procedures for the final assessment of the degree programme can be found at: https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/student/undergraduate/collegehandbook/assessmentandfeedback/

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 full list of modules in Philosophy (with module descriptions) is available at 
http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

 

The University’s rules on modularity include a provision that students may take up to 30 credits a year outside their degree programme, but counting towards it. However, the normal expectation on this programme is that students will take 60 credits in each subject, in order to gain sufficient skills and expertise in philosophy and politics to complete the programme effectively. The Level 3 programme in Philosophy already allows students to choose a 30 credit option from a range of philosophical subjects offered by other disciplines. Any student wishing to take an option of up to 30 credits outside the programme should seek permission from the Director of the Philosophy Programme or the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Politics).

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15No
POL1016A History of Political Thought 1 15No
POL1016B History of Political Thought 2 15No

Optional Modules

Choose 2 modules from [Philosophy Term 1 ]

Choose 1 module from [Philosophy Term 2 ]

A further 30 credits to be taken from the rest of the Level 1 Politics programme.

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Term 1
PHL1002A Knowledge and Reality 1 15 No
PHL1002B Knowledge and Reality 2 15 No
PHL1005A Evidence and Argument 1 15 No
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15 No
Philosophy Term 2
PHL1008 Philosophical Reading 2 15 No
PHL1036 Foucault-Discipline and Punish 15 No
PHL1112 Philosophy of Film 15 No
PoliticsS1UG2016-17
POL1006 State and Society 15 No
POL1016A History of Political Thought 1 15 No
POL1016B History of Political Thought 2 15 No
POL1019 Power and Democracy 15 No
POL1020 Politics in Europe 15 No
POL1905 Employability 0 No
POL1001B State of Britain 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15No

Optional Modules

60 credits from available Philosophy options – at least 45 of which must be level 2, and the remaining 15 credits can be level 2 or 3.

A further 45 credits to be chosen from Level 2 of the Politics programme. The Level 2 module on Political Philosophy (or equivalent Level 2 modules on cognate subjects) is strongly recommended if available.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Year 2 Modules
PHL2020 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL2021 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL2022 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL2026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL2029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
PHL2035 Critical Bioethics 15 No
PHL2037 Aristotle's Politics 15 No
PHL2038 The Self 15 No
PHL2051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL2074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
PHL2075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL2024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL2027 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL2028 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
PHL2030 Evil 15 No
PHL2031 Mind and World 15 No
PHL2052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL2060 Philosophy of Emotion 15 No
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHLS3UG2016-17
PHL3013 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL3014 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL3018 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
PHL3035 Critical Bioethics 15 No
PHL3037 Aristotle's Politics 15 No
PHL3038 The Self 15 No
PHL3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
PHL3075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL3051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL3024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL3026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL3041 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL3042 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
PHL3043 Evil 15 No
PHL3044 Mind and World 15 No
PHL3052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL3060 Philosophy of Emotion 15 No
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
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

Dissertation

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation [Option 1] -OR-30No
POL3040 Dissertation [Option 2]30No

Optional Modules

Option 1:

  • Philosophy Dissertation
  • 15 credits of Level 3 Philosophy options
  • 45 credits of Level 3 Politics options
  • 30 credits of Level 3 Philosophy/ or Politics options

Option 2:

  • Dissertation in Politics
  • 15 credits of Level 3 Politics options
  • 45 credits of Philosophy options
  • 30 credits of Level 3 Philosophy/ or Politics options 
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
PHLS3UG2016-17
PHL3013 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL3014 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL3018 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
PHL3035 Critical Bioethics 15 No
PHL3037 Aristotle's Politics 15 No
PHL3038 The Self 15 No
PHL3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
PHL3075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL3051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL3024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL3026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL3041 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL3042 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
PHL3043 Evil 15 No
PHL3044 Mind and World 15 No
PHL3052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL3060 Philosophy of Emotion 15 No
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15 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. PHILOSOPHY: Show familiarity with philosophical ideas about the nature of society and the social sciences
2. Reflect upon the conditions of human social life.
3. Show familiarity with the history of modern Philosophy (Philosophy benchmark 18.1).
4. Demonstrate familiarity with basic concepts in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophies of mind and nature (Philosophy benchmark 18.2).
5. Analyse concepts in ethics (Philosophy benchmark 18.3).)
6. Analyse and criticise substantial works by important historical and contemporary moral and political philosophers (Philosophy benchmarks 18.2 & 18.3).
7. Engage in logical and conceptual analysis and reasoning about abstract matters (Philosophy benchmarks 23.ii, 23.iv, 23.vi).
8. Demonstrate understanding (at increasing depth, according to level) of issues (increasingly complex, according to level) arising from the subject matter of the elective modules taken.
9. POLITICS: Understand the nature and significance of politics as a human activity (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a)).
10. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a)).
11. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different political systems (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a))operating at the local, national, European or international level.
12. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a)).

Philosophy
In explicit terms, A1 and A2 are developed through lectures, seminars and essay work on Social Philosophy; A3 and A4 through similar methods and strategies on PHL1002A; A5 and A6 through similar methods on PHL2014; and A7 through practical exercises in PHL1005A. However, depending on the student’s chosen portfolio of modules, they will be developed, with increasing intensity as s/he progresses through the Stages, on the elective modules as well. A8 is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

Politics
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 is developed through the political theory modules students are required to take in each of the three years; A3 is present in some form in all Politics modules and the specific way it is developed will depend on the choice of Politics options in the three years, which fall roughly into the categories of International Relations, British and Comparative Politics, Public Policy, and State and Society.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of the following:
Term-time essays 1-12
Oral presentations, 1-12
Examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project, Dissertation work). 1-12
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. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources (Philosophy benchmark 6.1.3).
2. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research (Philosophy benchmark 6.1.1).
3. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.3).
4. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
5. Think and write broadly about large themes
6. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
7. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.4).
8. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.3).
9. Collate data from a range of sources (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.2, see also Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(b)).
10. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
11. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work (Philosophy benchmark 6.3.6).
12. Collate data from a range of sources (Phil. 6.2.2).
13. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner (Philosophy benchmark 6.3.6).
14. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.
15. Manage their own learning self-critically (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(b)).

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). 15 is developed through peer and self assessment of assignments, staff feedback on formative assignments, and student self-appraisal, which are used in various Politics modules.

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, assessed presentations, and examinations. 15 is not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the Politics 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. Undertake independent study and ability to work to deadlines.
2. Word process and access the world-wide web.
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. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction
8. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
9. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
10. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups
11. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.

C1 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme. C2 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through the requirement on students to use the WWW to access texts and other teaching materials. C3 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme. C4 is encouraged and developed throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal system which takes place in the inter-semester week of Spring Term. C5 is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations. C6 is developed through seminars, which form part of all modules C7 is developed throughout the Philosophy side of the programme. The skills in C8,C9 and C10 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. C11 is developed through the Dissertation at Stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline.

The skills in C1, C2 and C3 are assessed in all modules. C3 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation.
C4 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal exercise conducted in the inter-semester week in Spring Term. C5 Timed examinations are used in all modules except dissertation. C6 is a continuous part of formative assessment. C7 Forms a basic tenet of examination throughout the Philosophy side of the programme. C8, C9 and C10 are part of formative assessment on all modules.C11 is covered by the Dissertation (in either subject).

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

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics

19. UCAS Code

VL52

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Philosophy
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2000

Date of last revision

19/04/2012