Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics and International Studies (Cornwall)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics and International Studies (Cornwall) Programme codeUFA3HPSHPSCG
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
Programme start date

09/2013

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This exciting and distinctive programme combines a solid grounding in political science, international relations, and the history of political thought in year one, followed by a range of more specialised options in years two and three. It is one of very few single honours degree programmes in the UK to allow students to combine Politics and International Studies.

The content of our programme is influenced by our research interests that are nationally and internationally recognised and positioned at the forefront of academic debate. Our academics bring the latest political thinking into their undergraduate teaching.

Staff at the Cornwall Campus have particular research interests and expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, electoral behaviour, Chinese politics, American politics, media, political psychology and behaviour, security, terrorism and international politics, political theory, and radicalisation and ethnic conflict.

Our programmes produce graduates who can engage imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing complex and sophisticated problems by using critical approaches that blend detailed and broad levels of analysis.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

  • To provide an excellent education across the range of politics and international studies, from core to specialist, in a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research.
  • To enable students to appreciate the historical evolution and contemporary character of world politics, from both the system and actor perspectives.
  • To enable students to understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories in the study of politics and international relations; to analyse, interpret and evaluate world political events, ideas and institutions;  and to relate the academic study of politics to questions of public concern.
  • To develop students’ competence in subject-specific, core academic and personal and key skills.
  • To offer students a range of choice, insofar as this choice is consistent with the coherence and intellectual rigour of the degree.
  • To equip graduates to be questioning and productive members of society.
  • To maximize student learning and enjoyment through an optimal mixture of lectures, seminars, and supervised research projects that is commensurate with students’ needs and abilities as they progress through the programme.
  • To assess students’ ability and progress through a mixture of methods, including essays, examinations, year-long research projects, oral presentations, group role plays, and seminar participation.

4. Programme Structure

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.

Stage 1


Students must take a minimum of 90 credits and a maximum of 120 credits from Level 1 of the Politics programme. Students may take up 30 credits from other disciplines subject to the approval of the programme convenors

Optional Modules

Single honours students must take a minimum of 90 credits and a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4 of the Politics programme (i.e. modules coded ‘POC1’). Students may take up 30 credits from other disciplines subject to the approval of the programme convenors. A full list of modules is available at: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/undergraduate/cornwall/polis/structure/

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC1012 Introduction to Environmental Politics I 15No
POC1005 History of Political Thought: from Ancient Greece to Early Christianity 15No
POC1007 Globalisation of World Politics I 15No
POC1003 British Government and Politics 15No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Level 5 modules (coded ‘POC2’), undertaken at stage two, build upon the above foundations offering you an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding across the discipline. Level 5 modules are of four kinds: (1) A compulsory 15 credit module that is taught via lectures and seminars (POC2021); (2) An extended 30 credit project, that runs across both terms of stage two (POC2023); (3) Optional 15 credit modules open to stage two students only (POC2024); (4) Optional 30 credit modules that are taught in weekly two hour seminars and run across both terms. Optional modules studied at stages two or three will be rotated from year to year, i.e., stage two/three modules that are not offered in one year will be offered in the next. Level 2 and Level 3 students will be taught in separate seminars unless enrollment for a module in both years is less than five. The assessment criteria and ILOs differ for Level 2 and Level 3 students in the depth, breadth, and quality of work that is expected in assessments and, for some modules, in the assessments themselves. Module descriptors and ELE course sites provide specific details. Compulsory module POC2021 is offered in Term 1; compulsory module POC2022 is offered in Term 2.

 Students must take a minimum of 90 credits and a maximum of 120 credits from Level 2 of the Politics programme. Students may take up 30 credits from other disciplines subject to the approval of the programme convenors

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC2021 Research Inquiry in Practice 15No
POC2023 Doing Politics Research 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC2005 American Politics 15No
POC2007 Modern Political Thought: From Hobbes to Wollstonecraft 15No
POC2031 China in World Politics 30No
POC2017 Chinese Politics 15No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


In stage three, you will carry out a piece of independent research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff from Politics. You will also choose from a number of optional 30 credit Level 6 modules (coded ‘POC3’) that are taught in weekly two hour seminars and run across both terms. Optional modules studied at stages two or three will be rotated from year to year, i.e., stage two/three modules that are not offered in one year will be offered in the next. Level 2 and Level 3 students will be taught in separate seminars unless enrollment for a module in both years is less than five. The assessment criteria and ILOs differ for Level 2 and Level 3 students in the depth, breadth, and quality of work that is expected in assessments and, for some modules, in the assessments themselves. Module descriptors and ELE course sites provide specific details.

 Students must take a minimum of 90 credits and a maximum of 120 credits from Level 3 of the Politics programme. Students may take up 30 credits from other disciplines subject to the approval of the programme convenors

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POC3038 Politics Psychology 30No
POC3019 China in World Politics 30No
POC3013 Political Theory 30No
POC3017 Transnational Social Movements 30No
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:

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:

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:

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 and International Studies (Cornwall)

19. UCAS Code

L290

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

01/10/2007

Date of last revision

02/08/2013