Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Philosophy and Sociology of Science Programme codePTA1HPSHPS37
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2013

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide a critical understanding of key issues in contemporary philosophy of science, and to locate these issues in the wider debate on philosophical theories of knowledge.
2. To provide a critical understanding of the social and cultural significance of science and technology, and of the social and political dynamics that sustain and shape the production, transmission, and popularisation of science.
3. To equip students with a range of core academic and transferable skills appropriate to Masters level study within the discipline.




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.

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module spans one term and is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

Core Modules (120 credits) 

SOCM945 Philosophy of Science (30 credits)
SOCM950 Science, Technology and Society (30 credits)

followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

SOCM904 Dissertation (60 credits)

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30No
SOCM904 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

Optional Modules (30 credits )
Modules worth 30 credits in total chosen from the following

Please note that the modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15No
SOCM007 Knowledge & History: Theories of Scientific Change 30No
SOCM008 Methodology and Research Skills in Sociology 15No
SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30No
SOCM018 Methodology and Research Skills in Sociology 30No
PHLM001 Money, Ethics and Power 30No
SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30No
Arab & Islamic Studies - Post Graduate modules
ARAM027 MA Dissertation 60 No
ARAM054 State and Society in the Middle East 30 No
ARAM102 Islam in practice: classical teachings and contemporary interpretations 30 No
ARAM103 New Approaches to Islamic Thought 30 No
ARAM103A New Approaches to Islamic Thought 15 No
No
No
ARAM131 Nationalisms in the Middle East 15 No
ARAM186 International Relations of the Middle East 30 No
ARAM186A International Relations of the Middle East 15 No
ARAM187 The Middle East Before 1945 30 No
ARAM188 The Middle East Since 1945 30 No
ARAM188A The Middle East Since 1945 15 No
ARAM189 Readings in Islamic Theology and Philosophy 30 No
ARAM190 Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 15 No
ARAM201 Islamism and Politics in North Africa 30 No
ARAM204 The History and Historiography of the Palestine Question 30 No
ARAM209 Palestinian Politics after Oslo 15 No
ARAM210 Themes and Conflicts in Iranian History and Culture 30 No
ARAM211 The Revolution of 1978/79, the Islamic Republic and the Politics of Contemporary Iran 15 No
ARAM213 Approaches to Middle East and Islamic Studies: States, Societies and Identities 15 No
ARAM214 Islamic Culture and Civilization 15 No
ARAM215 Studying the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
ARAM217 Sufism, Islamic Mysticism and Devotional Life 30 No
Politics Postgraduate Modules

Inclusion in this list does not guarantee that a module will run in a particular year. It is dependent on staff availability, and the number of students wishing to take the module.

POLM037 Logics of Explanation in Politics 15 No
POLM051 Intervention and State building 30 No
POLM054 Risk, Responsibility, Regulation: Whose Policy is it Anyway? (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM060 Global Security 30 No
POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15 No
POLM065 Theories of Interpretation 15 No
POLM066 Dissertation in Political Theory 60 No
POLM067 Foundation Study in Politics 30 No
POLM068 Elements of Research Design in Politics 15 No
POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15 No
POLM074 Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 15 No
POLM077 The Politics of Human Rights 30 No
POLM079 Europeanization and Federalism in Europe (Jean Monnet module II) 30 No
POLM080 Global Justice 30 No
POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30 No
POLM083 The Middle East Since 1945 30 No
POLM100 Dissertation 60 No
POLM104 US Foreign Policy 30 No
POLM130 One Semester Study Abroad 60 No
POLM139 Quantitative Data Analysis in Political Science 30 No
POLM140 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 30 No
POLM141 Elements of Research Design in Politics 30 No
POLM142 Europe in the Digital Age 30 No
POLM200 Management and Governance: Comparing Public Administration around the World (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM201 Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM202 MPA Dissertation (MPA ONLY) 60 No
POLM206 Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM207 The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM208 Global Governance and Administration (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM209 The new Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM210 Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM211 Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (MPA ONLY) 15 No
POLM212 MPA Applied Studies (MPA With Applied Studies ONLY) 60 No
POLM215 Past, Present and Future of Health Provision through a Financial Looking Glass 15 No
POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30 No
POLM606 European Political Integration (Jean Monnet module I) 30 No
POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30 No
POLM802 Critical Global Studies The Politics of Governance and Resistance 30 No
POLM803 Sources of Modernity and Post-Modernity 30 No
POLM805 Theories of Revolution and Continuity in the History of Political Thought 15 No
POLM806 Topics and Texts in Social and Political Thought 15 No
POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15 No
POLM876 Dissertation Skills 15 No
POLM877 Dissertation 45 No
Sociology, Philosophy or Anthropology - Postgraduate Modules

A free choice module (or modules) worth 30 credits in total. Your selection may be from any subject area in the University (subject to agreement) but the following are particularly recommended:

ANTM100 The Animal Mirror: Representations of Animality 15 No
ANTM101 Animals, Health and Healing 15 No
ANTM102 Anthrozoology: Theory and Method 30 No
ANTM103 Applied Anthrozoology 30 No
ANTM104 Family Hominidae and Other Primates 15 No
ANTM105 Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation 15 No
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15 No
SOCM007 Knowledge & History: Theories of Scientific Change 30 No
SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30 No
SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30 No
SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30 No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30 No
SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15 No
SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30 No
Biosciences - post graduate recommended modules

A free choice module (or modules) worth 30 credits in total. Your selection may be from any subject area in the University (subject to agreement) but the following are particularly recommended:

 

Module choice will be discussed at length with the PGT Coordinator and personal tutor at the start of the year.

Please note that the modules offered are subject to change depending on staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

BIOM540 Masters Research Project in Biotechnology and Enterprise 90 No
BIOM541 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 15 No
BEMM108 Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development 15 No
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management 15 No
BIOM509 Professional Skills 15 No
BIOM560 Research Project 90 No
BIOM561 Dissertation 90 No
BIOM563 Crop Security 15 No
POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15 No
POLM074 Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 15 No
BIOM542 Environmental and Applied Biotechnology 15 No
BIOM564 Rotation Project I 60 No
BIOM565 Rotation Project II 60 No
BIOM502 Bioinformatics Tools and Techniques 15 No
BIOM512 Modern Mathematical and Computational Theories of Evolution 15 No
BIOM513 Research Skills 15 No
BIOM562 Sustainable Land Use in Grassland Agriculture 15 No
ECMM724 Mathematical Analysis of Biological Systems 15 No
ECMM702 Methods for Stochastics and Finance 15 No
ECMM409 Nature Inspired Computation 15 No
ECMM712 Computation and Numerical Analysis 15 No
BUS2001 Business Awareness: Theory and Practice 15 No
Geography - Post Graduate recommended modules
GEOM105A Research Methods and Design in Human Geography 15 No
GEOM106A Contemporary Debates in Human Geography 15 No
GEOM107 Dissertation 60 No
GEOM110 Nature and Society 15 No
GEOM117 Heritage, Museums, Materiality and Memory: Placing the Past for the Present 15 No
GEOM119 Social Science Research Skills 15 No
GEOM410 Key Themes in Climate Change Science: Impacts and Feedbacks 30 No
GEOM411 Research Methods and Skills for Climate Change Science 30 No
GEOM421 Research Dissertation for MRes 120 No
GEOM423 Professional Practice for MRes 120 No
POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15 No
POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15 No
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

180


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. Show a sophisticated understanding of the nature of scientific theories and scientific knowledge and the implications for the wider debate on philosophical theories of knowledge
2. Show advanced knowledge of the major theoretical approaches in the area of science and technology studies.
3. Have a critical awareness of the social and political dynamics that sustain and shape the production, transmission, and popularisation of science.
4. Show an advanced understanding of the social issues arising from the development of science and technology.
5. Read critically and contribute to the literature relating to research in the field of science and technology studies.
6. Appreciate, analyse, synthesize, interpret and evaluate social, cultural and philosophical issues arising from the development of science and technology.

1-4 are developed primarily through seminar discussion and assignments in the core modules, and applied in the dissertation.
5-6 are developed through essay and seminar work on all modules, and in the dissertation.

1-4 are assessed informally through seminar work and formally through essay assignments for both core and optional modules, and in particular through the dissertation.
5-6 are assessed through essay work and seminar presentations on both core and optional modules, and in the dissertation.

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:

7. Understand complex terminology and discourses.
8. Analyse and synthesise different types of material and evidence.
9. Present independent interpretations.
10. Discuss and debate the contested and provisional nature of knowledge and understanding.
11. Identify and evaluate approaches to problem-solving.
12. Apply ideas to new situations.
13. Make effective use of libraries and the world-wide web to find information.
14. Reference sources accurately in written work to a professional standard.
15. Plan, conduct and write up a substantial essay in the form of a dissertation by a set deadline

7-12 are developed through seminar work and assignments in all modules. 13-14 are developed through written assignments. 15 is developed through the dissertation.

These skills are assessed through essay assignments and the dissertation.

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:

16. Think independently at an advanced level.
17. Plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time frames.
18. Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials
19. Work as an individual on challenging material.
20. Work as part of a team in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
21. Plan, execute and write up research through individual initiative
22. Use standard IT applications competently.

16 and 17 are requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation. 18 and 19 are core requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation. 20 is developed through seminar work on the taught modules. 21 is applied on the dissertation. 22 is developed primarily through module assignments and the dissertation.

16 and 17 are assessed in all modules by essay work, and by the dissertation. 18 and 19 are assessed on all modules through the essays that go to make up the portfolio on which the coursework is assessed, and in the dissertation. 20 is reflected in seminar work and presentations. 21 is assessed in the dissertation. 22 assessed indirectly through coursework and the dissertation.

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

MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science

19. UCAS Code

C729

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2004

Date of last revision

01/09/2011