Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Sociology and Anthropology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Sociology and Anthropology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS41
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

 

 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. Provide an excellent Honours-level education in Sociology and Anthropology, which meets the criteria for Honours level awards as set out in the FHEQ and the University's statement of Levels and Awards, and which meets the standards set in the national Subject Benchmarking statements for both subject areas.
2. Facilitate graduates to become useful, productive and questioning members of society.
3. Provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students that is informed by research where deemed appropriate.
4. Work in partnership with students to produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Sociology through a combination of modules which develops a good 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.
5. Work in partnership with students to produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Social Anthropology through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of human = diversity from a socio-cultural perspective, and to think comparatively and analytically about key questions and problems in studying the worlds of other people and our own.
6. Offer a structured framework of study which ensures that within the time span of the programme every student follows a balanced and complementary range of modules, whilst allowing sufficient choice to ensure that students are able to follow individual areas of learning
7. Work in partnership with students to produce graduates who understand the various methods which Sociologists and Anthropologists use to study human societies; and who can analyse the organisation and development of societies and gain competence in dealing with the various types of evidence and the methodological problems associated with studying historical and contemporary cultures.
8. Develop students' competence in the subject-specific skills required in Sociology and in Anthropology through practical engagement with primary and empirical data.
9. Expose students to different teaching and assessment methods within an appropriate learning environment, supported by feedback, monitoring and pastoral care.
10. Provide a range of academic and personal skills which will prepare students from varied educational backgrounds for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility and adaptability, and which will enable them to deploy their knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances.

The Programme will:

4. Programme Structure

The programme is studied over four years full-time. Study is undertaken in four stages, with each stage comprising 120 credits made up of either 15 or 30-credit modules, which contribute towards the degree. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload and one credit is nominally equivalent to ten 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

This degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules and as part of the degree programme students may take up to 30 credits a year in another discipline outside their main degree subjects, after they have met the compulsory requirements of their main subjects (specified below)

 

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) at https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

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In Sociology all students must study the specified core modules and the specified optional modules. A full list of SOC modules is available at:

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

In Anthropology, students must study the specified core modules and choose from a range of specified optional modules. The full list of modules currently offered for Anthropology (ANT) is available at

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

There are modules from other departments that are recognised as Anthropology options. A full list of those is available at the Unit’s ELE page: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3026

In each year students will normally take modules worth 60 credits in Sociology and 60 credits in Anthropology. Students may drop 15 credits on each side of the programme with the exception of mandatory modules to replace them with modules outside their programme under the University’s modularity rule.

Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the College (normally given by the student’s personal tutor); options are offered each year at the discretion of the Colleges 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 one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award which is based on a degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3, combined in the ratio 1:2.

In exceptional circumstances you may exit this award with a Cert HE Sociology and Anthropology where you have achieved 120 credits at Stage 1 or a Dip HE Sociology and Anthropology where you have achieved 240 credits across Stages 1 and 2, with at least 90 of these from Stage 2. 

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1012 Introduction to Social Analysis 30No
SOC1026 Sociology of Contemporary Society 30No
ANT1001 Introduction to Social Anthropology Part 1 15No
ANT1002 Introduction to Social Anthropology Part 2 15No
ANT1032 Imagining Social Worlds Part 1 15No

Optional Modules

Modularity: A maximum of 30 credits of options can be chosen outside the programme. If students choose to do so they would need to drop SOC1026B and/or ANT1033

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1026B Sociology of Contemporary Society Part B (recommeded option)15No
ANT1033 Imagining Social Worlds Part 2 (recommeded option)15No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Modularity: A maximum of 30 credits of OPTIONS can be chosen outside the programme. Normally students cannot drop more than 15 credits from each side of the programme. 45 credits of level 2/3 Sociology and Anthropology OPTIONS (ANT2***/SOC2*** and/or ANT3***/SOC3***) (at least 15 credits in each of the two subjects)

 

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30No
SOC2004 Into the Field 15No
ANT2002 Ethnography Now 15No
ANT2003 Current Debates in Anthropology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology Stage 2 core modules [30 credits worth]
SOC2004 Into the Field 15 No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30 No
SOC2050 Knowing the Social: perception, memory and representation 15 No
SOCS3UG2016-17 [30 credits worth]
SOC3028 Media in Society 15 No
SOC3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
SOC3030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
SOC3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
SOC3087 Disability and Society 15 No
SOC3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15 No
SOC3013 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC3078B Eat: The Social Self as Consumer 15 No
SOC3091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SOC3031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
SOC3032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC3037 Actor-Network-Theory 15 No
SOC3080 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC3086 Addiction 30 No
SOC3095 On Violence 30 No
Anthropology Core 2 [30 credits worth]
ANT2002 Ethnography Now 15 No
ANT2003 Current Debates in Anthropology 15 No
ANT2004 Into the Field 15 No
ANT2005 Current Debates in Anthropology: Practice 15 No
ANTS3UG2016-17 [30 credits worth]
ANT3002 Childhood 15 No
ANT3004 Living cities: Migration, place and the politics of identities 15 No
ANT3005 Human-Animal Interactions 15 No
ANT3006 Anthropology of Africa 15 No
ANT3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
ANT3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
ANT3087 Disability and Society 15 No
ANT3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
ANT3090 Sound and Society 15 No
ANT3012 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
ANT3013 Visual Anthropology: Methods & Perspectives 15 No
ANT3031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
ANT3032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
ANT3035 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
ANT3037 Actor-Network-Theory 15 No
ANT3086 Addiction 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

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 based on the credits gained at the partner institution abroad.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3999 One Year study abroad 120No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120

Stage 4


Optional Modules

EITHER:

Sociology Dissertation, further 30 credits Sociology options and 60 credits Anthropology options

OR:

Anthropology Dissertation, further 30 credits Anthropology options and 60 credits Sociology options

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC3040 Dissertation 30No
ANT3040 Anthropology Dissertation 30No
SOCS3UG2016-17
SOC3028 Media in Society 15 No
SOC3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
SOC3030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
SOC3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
SOC3087 Disability and Society 15 No
SOC3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15 No
SOC3013 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC3078B Eat: The Social Self as Consumer 15 No
SOC3091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SOC3031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
SOC3032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC3037 Actor-Network-Theory 15 No
SOC3080 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC3086 Addiction 30 No
SOC3095 On Violence 30 No
ANTS3UG2016-17
ANT3002 Childhood 15 No
ANT3004 Living cities: Migration, place and the politics of identities 15 No
ANT3005 Human-Animal Interactions 15 No
ANT3006 Anthropology of Africa 15 No
ANT3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
ANT3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
ANT3087 Disability and Society 15 No
ANT3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
ANT3090 Sound and Society 15 No
ANT3012 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
ANT3013 Visual Anthropology: Methods & Perspectives 15 No
ANT3031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
ANT3032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
ANT3035 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
ANT3037 Actor-Network-Theory 15 No
ANT3086 Addiction 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 4

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. Demonstrate an analytical understanding of Sociology, taking into account different sociological perspectives, modes of social analysis and their concomitant theoretical and conceptual frameworks
2. Show awareness of the social, political, historical, and economic origins of Sociology when analysing social problems and accounting for social theories.
3. Demonstrate competence in describing and applying a variety of methods of social investigation, including ethnographic and survey methods, questionnaire and interview design
4. Conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner.
5. Describe, explain and critically discuss the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies
6. Account for some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies
7. Demonstrate understanding (at increasing depth, according to level) of issues (increasingly complex, according to level) arising from the subject matter of
8. Assess the ethical implications of sociological enquiry and qualitative research more generally
9. Conduct research, within supportive guidelines, drawing on primary and secondary sources
10. Present work in the format expected of social scientists, including footnoting and bibliographical references.
11. Understand the extent and nature of human diversity and commonality as seen, in particular, from a social and cultural perspective
12. Explain how human beings shape and are shaped by social and cultural contexts
13. Appreciate the relationship between local social and cultural forms in relation to broader global and historical processes
14. Use the repertoire of key concepts, theories and methods of anthropological analysis
15. Question cultural assumptions
16. Recognize some of the ways in which anthropological knowledge and insight can be applied in a variety of contexts
17. Assess the ethical implications of anthropological enquiry and qualitative research more generally
18. Conduct research, within supportive guidelines, drawing on primary and secondary sources
19. Present work in the format expected of social scientists, including footnoting and bibliographical references.

Sociology

1. This skill is developed on all sociology modules through lectures, tutorials and guided independent study, and is a core aim of the sociology side of the programme, especially on SOC1012, SOC2004 and SOC2005.

2-4. These skills are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1012, SOC1026A, and SOC2004 and are developed on subsequent modules.

5-6 These skills are developed through similar methods on SOC1026A, and further developed on subsequent modules. The Anthropology side of the programme will further contribute to this Sociology skill

7. This skill is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

8. These skills will be developed some of the foundational modules (ANT1001, ANT1002, ANT2002, ANT2003, SOC2004) and expanded on in optional modules such as ANT3005, SOC3085 and others

9.-10. These skills will be practised through coursework and examination and seminar work in all modules, and consolidated specifically in modules at 2nd year and 3rd year level (ANT2002, SOC2004, SOC3040)

Anthropology

11-13. These skills are developed in all anthropology modules, and are a core aim of the anthropology side of the programme, especially in ANT1001, ANT1002, and ANT2003.

14-15. These skills are developed through lectures, and coursework in the 1st year (ANT1001, ANT1002, ANT1032,) and further advanced in subsequent modules (ANT2002, ANT2003, SOC2004).

16-17. These skills will be developed in the foundational modules (ANT1001, ANT1002, ANT2002, ANT2003, SOC2004) and expanded on in optional modules such as ANT3005, SOC3085 and others

18-19. These skills will be practised through coursework and examination and seminar work in all modules, and consolidated specifically in modules at 2nd year and 3rd year level (ANT2002, SOC2004, ANT3040)

Exams (1,2,4,5,6, 7, 8-15, 18-19)

Essays (1,2,3, 5,6,7, 8-15, 18-19)

Other coursework (e.g. written analytical reflections, posters, research proposals) (3, 6, 8, 17, 18)

Presentations (1,2,5,6,7, 11-17)

Dissertation (1-19)

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:

20. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
21. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research
22. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages.
23. Specify some of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
24. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information
25. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence
26. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence
27. Collate data from a range of sources.
28. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
29. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work.
30. Present work and answer questions orally.
31. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner
32. Analyse texts, visual material and other artefacts taking into account their cultural, historical and generic contexts
33. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of ideas of cultural difference and cross-cultural variation as well as the specificity of one's own cultural perspective

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 (including essays, reports, research outlines, dissertation), and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

Exams (21-25, 29, 31)

Essays and other written assignments (20-29, 32)

Presentations (20-27, 30, 31)

Dissertation (20-30, 32)

Anthropology-specific skills (31) will be assessed through exams, written assignments, presentations, and the dissertation in Anthropology

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:

34. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
35. Use a word processor and the world-wide web to a high standard.
36. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
37. Evaluate own work
38. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature.
39. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
40. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
41. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
42. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
43. Communicate and argue effectively, both orally and in writing.
44. Express and defend opinions on a wide range of current and abstract issues
45. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.

34. This skill is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme and will be developed through regular assignments such as essays and presentations towards vigorously monitored and enforced deadlines. 35. This skill 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. 36. This skill is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme. 37. This skill 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. 38. This skill is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations. 39. This skill is developed through seminars, which form the whole or part basis of all modules. Skills 40-44 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. 45. This skill is developed through the through the Dissertation, which has a single end of year deadline.

Exams (38, 43, 44)

Essays (34 -36, 43, 44)

Team Reports (37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44)

Individual Presentations (33, 36, 37, 39, 43, 44)

Group Presentations (34, 36, 37, 39-44)

Dissertation (34-37, 41, 43-45)

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

N/A

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Sociology and Anthropology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

L3L7

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Anthropology
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/05/2012

Date of last revision

12/06/2012