Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) History and Politics with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) History and Politics with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS29
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

BA History and Politics brings together History modules that include an engagement with the politics of past societies, with political analysis that includes the study of the historical development of politicalthought. The programme enables you to explore the history of various societies across the globe and the connections and comparisons between them but is also firmly based in practical techniques. You will be introduced to a wide range of political and historical problems and the main analytical and critical approaches of the two disciplines.

Expertise in History at the Cornwall Campus is concentrated in the modern period, approximately from 1600 to the present, incorporating social and cultural history, international and economic history and many geographical areas, including the Far and Middle East, Europe and Britain and the Americas. As you might expect from a programme based in Cornwall, we reflect environmental and ecological approaches to history in our teaching as well as the more traditional cultural, political, social and economic aspects.

Academic staff in Politics bring the latest political thinking into their undergraduate teaching. Staff at the Cornwall Campus have particular research strengths in international relations, electoral behaviour, Chinese politics, American politics, political theory, gender, militarization, political psychology and behaviour, environmental politics and sustainability, and the politics of communities.

Study abroad

Students on this programme have the opportunity to follow a four-year "with Study Abroad" programme which allows you to spend your third year abroad. You may spend this year in a partner university on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To offer an excellent Honours-level education in History and Politics.
2. To ensure that graduates from the programme are useful, productive and questioning members of society.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. To offer students the opportunity to develop their skills and capabilities (including linguistic skills, where appropriate) through the pursuit of study in another University in a different geographical and cultural setting.
6. To develop students' competence in the specific skills required in History and in Politics, and in core academic and personal and key skills.
7. 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

This joint honours programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year, are university-based; the third is spent at a university abroad. It is comprised of four stages, of 120 credits per stage, each of which normally occupies an academic year so that it requires four years to accumulate the 480 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 full list of modules is available (with module descriptions) for History at
and for Politics at

The programme is divided into units called modules. Each module studied successfully contributes 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 University’s rules on modularity include a provision that 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 subject, after they have met the compulsory requirements of their main subjects. 

Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the relevant discipline (normally given by the student’s personal tutor). Modules are not all available every year; options are offered each year at the discretion of each discipline. 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.

If students wish to undertake their study abroad in a University which does not teach in English, they must normally take 30 credits from the Foreign Language Centre at stages 1 and 2 in the appropriate language. In doing this they would be deemed to have exercised their rights under the University’s modularity provisions.


Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

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


If required, Foreign Language Centre module(s) appropriate to intended study in Stage 3: 30 Credits

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

Optional Modules

30 credits of Level 1 optional modules in Politics and 15 credits of optional History modules.


CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
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


Stage 2

Compulsory Modules

Students take one of two pathways common to Stages 2 and 3.

Pathway A
History Option 
History Option 

Politics Option [Politics Modules S2 2012/13]
AND POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

If required, Foreign Language Centre module(s) appropriate to intended study in Stage 3 30 Credits

Pathway B
History Option 

Politics Option [Politics Modules S2 2012/13]
and POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

Pathway C

HIH2001 Doing History

30 credit History Option 

Politics Option [Politics Modules S2 2012/13] and POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

Pathway D

HIH2001 Doing History

HIH2002 Uses of the Past

Politics Option [Politics Modules S2 2012/13] and POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 credits

If required, Foreign Language Centre module(s) appropriate to intended study in Stage 3 30 Credits

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HIH2001 Doing History: Perspectives on Sources Pathway C and D30No
HIH2002 Uses of the Past Pathway B and C30No
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15No
HIH2001 Doing History: Perspectives on Sources 30No
Total Credits for Stage 2


Stage 3

Students spend this stage in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. 

The year abroad comprises 120 credits. Assessment is normally based on the credits gained at the partner institution abroad. 

Total Credits for Stage 3


Stage 4

Students continue the pathway from stage 2. Students may only opt for Pathway C if they have taken HIH2001 Doing History at stage 2.

Pathway A
Two co-requisite History Special Subject modules 
30 credits of Level 3 POL Modules [Politics Modules S3 2012/13]

Pathway B
Comparative History module 
AND 30 credits of Level 3 Politics Modules [Politics Modules S3 2012/13]

Pathway C
Comparative History module AND HIH3005 
AND 60 credits of the Level 3 POL modules [Politics Modules S3 2012/13] but not POL3040 - Dissertation.


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL3040 Dissertation 30No
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
HIH3005 General Third-Year Dissertation 30No
HIH3005 General Third-Year Dissertation 30No
Total Credits for Stage 4


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; and 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.

1, 2 and 3 are developed at stage 1 in the History Foundation module, though lectures, seminars, and written work. 1 is further developed in other modules, especially the Varieties, where taken. 2 and 3 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 4 in students from the outset of their programme. Where applicable, students are encouraged to use stage 2 Doing History as a way of addressing 4, and concentrate on doing so in the History Dissertation at stage 3; it is also developed throughout the programme through essay work. 5 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 6 in the History Undergraduate Handbook, are instructed in such matters in the History Foundation, and are expected to demonstrate it in all modules. 7 is developed through the Foundation module and may be developed in other modules, particularly, but not solely, some of the elective modules in History, Economy and Culture, which are open to History and Politics students.

8 is developed through all modules at all levels, at increasing degrees of complexity as the programme progresses from level to level. 9 is developed through POL1001, and may be further developed in elective modules thereafter. 10 is developed through POL2002. 11 is developed through the elective modules taken at stages 2 and 3. 12 is developed initially at stage 1 according to whichever of POL1004, 1005 or 1010 are taken, 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:

13. Able to: Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources.
14. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research.
15. Judge between competing views.
16. Show a clear understanding of the nature of both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
17. Show clear awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
18. Think and write broadly about large themes.
19. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
20. Use a library and the world-wide web to find information.
21. Deploy argument, based on professional standards of evidence use.
22. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, evidence.
23. Collate data from a range of sources.
24. Reference sources accurately in written work.
25. Answer questions concisely in writing.
26. Present work and answer questions orally.
27. Ask pertinent and intellectually demanding questions of other students.
28. 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:

29. Able to: Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
30. Use a computer-based word programme (e.g. MS Word) and the internet to a high standard.
31. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
32. Evaluate own work.
33. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature.
34. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
35. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
36. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
37. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
38. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.
39. Advance linguistic competence independently.
40. If taking History Varieties: Evaluate peers’ work formally in a structured setting.

29 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.

30 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.

31 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

32 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.

33 is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations.

34 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 35 and 36 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 35 (and 37) 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. 38, where applicable, is developed through 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.

39 is developed through oral and written work in the Exeter-based language modules, and through the year abroad.

Peer assessment (40) (where applicable) forms the basis of the mark which students carry forward as 25% of their mark for the stage 2/3 History Varieties modules.

The skills in 29, 30 and 31 are assessed in all History modules except the Perspectives, which are wholly examination-assessed.

32 is covered by the fact that students write essays which are summatively assessed of differing lengths, viz 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 (33) forms the basis of summative assessment in Sources and Skills. Timed examinations form all of the assessment for Perspectives and part for Options and (where applicable) Specials (Context) (67%) and Varieties (50%).

Formative assessment of work in seminars (34) takes place in Options, and there is assessment of presentations as stated above.

38, where applicable, is covered by the Dissertation (in either subject) and, to a lesser extent, Doing History.

39 is assessed by oral and written work in the Exeter-based language modules, and through the modules taken during the year abroad. Where applicable, team work skills are formally assessed in History Varieties by peer assessment of group presentations (35-37, 40).

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.


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.


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

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) History and Politics with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] History
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision