Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Sociology and Spanish

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Sociology and Spanish Programme codeUFA4HPSSML19
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Studying Sociology and Spanish at Exeter give you a wonderful opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring Sociology with Spanish. Your third year will normally be spent studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country, developing your language skills. In which case you spend more time studying language in the first year. Remaining credits can be gained from a variety of Sociology module topics. 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To produce graduates who will be useful, productive and questioning members of society.
2. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Sociology 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
3. To train students to a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking and writing Spanish which will enable them to communicate readily on a personal and professional basis.
4. To develop students competence in the specific skills required in Sociology and in Spanish, and in core academic and personal and key skills.
5. To offer students during stages 2 and 3/4 of their degree programme a range of options in the language, literature, history and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries which will enable them, within the boundaries of a coherent degree programme, to develop their own particular interests.
6. 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.
7. enable students, through a period of residence abroad, to reinforce their competence in the language, their knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and their capacity for independent learning.

The programme aims: 

4. Programme Structure

The 4-year programme is studied in four stages, one for each year of study; the third year is spent abroad. An alternative 3-year programme for students who are unable to spend a year abroad is also available. The two programmes are identical at stages 1 and 2, and in the final year (stage 3 or 4, depending on the programme).

Students on the 4-year programme spend year 3 in a Spanish-speaking country in one of the following ways: (a) on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study; (b) as an Assistant in a school under the scheme arranged by the British Council; (c) in approved paid employment. Exceptionally, other arrangements may be approved by the Head of Modern Languages.

Students on the 3-year programme are encouraged wherever possible to spend a period of residence in a Spanish-speaking country during a vacation before progressing to stage 3. The Programme Director advises students on the most appropriate way of gaining experience of independent language learning in their individual circumstances.

Students are registered on the four-year version of a programme unless they have explicitly applied for, and been admitted to, the three-year version. Students who register for a four-year programme but who are subsequently unable to meet the requirements for study abroad may apply to transfer to a three-year version of their programme. Transfer from a three-year to a four-year programme is also possible up to the end of Stage 2. All such transfers are subject to the approval of the Heads of Department. Where a student has completed the degree programme in three years, the words Three-Year Programme will appear on his or her degree certificate; otherwise the titles of the three-year and four-year versions of a degree programme are identical.

The Exeter-based programme is divided into units called modules. Modules have a credit rating of either 15 or 30 credits; 15-credit modules last for one term and 30-credit ones usually for two. Each stage comprises 120 credits.

University regulations allow students to progress to the next stage (or in the final year, to proceed to the award of an honours degree) once at least 90 credits have been passed and provided that an average of at least 40% has been achieved over the 120 credits of assessment for a stage, including the marks for any failed and condoned modules. However, modules marked with an asterisk below are non-condonable, that is, if failed the failed assessment(s) must be retaken, for a maximum possible mark of 40%. The consequences of failing more than 30 credits in a stage, or of failing a module at the second attempt, are set out in the Examinations and Assessment Conventions.

In order to proceed to stage 2, students must achieve an average of 40% across their stage 1 modules and pass any modules that are designated non-condonable, but marks gained at this stage play no further part in the final assessment.

Final assessment for the 4-year programme is based on marks gained at Stages 2, 3 and 4, weighted as follows:

Stage 2 Spanish (29% = 2/7ths) Sociology (33%)
Stage 3 Spanish (14% = 1/7th) ----
Stage 4 Spanish (57% = 4/7ths) Sociology (67%)

Final assessment of the 3-year programme is based on marks gained at stages 2 and 3 only, weighted as follows:

Stage 2 Spanish (33%) Sociology (33%)
Stage 3 Spanish (67%) Sociology (67%)

Further information on the weighting of your programme for calculating your degree can be found at:-

Interim Awards

In exceptional circumstances, you may exit this award with a Certificate in Higher Education in Sociology and Spanish where you have achieved 120 credits at stage 1 or a Diploma in Higher Education in Sociology and Spanish where you have achieved 240 credits across stages 1 and 2, with at least 90 of these from stage 2.

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 the College of Social Sciences and Internatational Studies offers is available (with module descriptions) at

The full list of modules the College of Humanities offers is available at


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. The College of Humanities, however, takes the view that Combined Honours students would be incapable of reaching a satisfactory standard in the chosen language if they took fewer than 60 credits per year in it, and this view is supported by the joint Board of Studies for the degree. Accordingly, CH Sociology and Spanish students are discouraged from exercising the modularity option. However, it would be possible for them, in certain cases, to exercise this right from the Sociology side of their programme alone. Overall, a student’s programme must include at least 90 credits at Level 3

Stage 1

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLS1001 Spanish Language 30Yes
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30Yes
SOC1037 Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15No
SOC1038 Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15No
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Field and Case Studies 15No

Optional Modules

Plus 2 option modules in Spanish worth 15 credits each.
Full module list is available from the following link:

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Spanish Modules S1 2013/14-2014/15
MLS1012 Contemporary Latin America: Culture, Society and Institutions 15 No
MLS1016 Gender Perspectives 15 No
MLS1022 The Outsider in Hispanic Texts 15 No
MLS1023 Spain since the Transition: Society, Politics and Culture 15 No
MLS1062 Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language 15 No
MLS1021 The Generation of 1898: Imagining Spain 15 No
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1


Stage 2

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLS2001 Spanish Language, Written and Oral 30Yes

Optional Modules

60 credits from the Sociology Programme, normally at level 2.
30 credits from Level 2 Spanish modules.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology Stage 2 core modules
SOC2004 Into the Field 15 No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30 No
SOC2050 Knowing the Social World 15 No
Spanish Modules S2 2013/14-2014/15
MLS2032 Introduction to Commercial Spanish 15 No
MLS2045 Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry 15 No
MLS2053 Franco's Spain: Narratives under Dictatorship 15 No
MLS2060 Love and Death in Spanish Drama 15 No
MLS2061 The Latin American Short Story 15 No
MLS2067 Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931-1953 15 No
MLS2156 Spanish Language (ex-beginners) 30 No
MLS2157 The Short Story of the Spanish Golden Age 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2


Stage 3

Year Abroad for the 4 year programmes

Compulsory Modules

4 year programme: ECTS credits from an overseas university (for students spending the year on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange) OR ECTS credits to the value of 60 credits 


CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SML3010 Work and Study Abroad 4 year programme120Yes
MLS3101 Spanish Language 3 year programme30Yes

Optional Modules

3 year programme

60 credits from the Sociology Programme normally at level 3 

30 credits worth of optional level 3 modules in Spanish


Total Credits for Stage 3


Stage 4

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLS3101 Spanish Language 30Yes

Optional Modules

60 credits from the Sociology Programme normally at level 3 

30 credits worth of optional level 3 modules in Spanish

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
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 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
Spanish Modules S3 2013/14-2014/15
MLS3027 Commercial Spanish 15 No
MLS3031 The Varieties of Modern Spanish 15 No
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3045 Spanish Romantic Drama 15 No
MLS3048 Memory and Autobiographical Writing in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3054 Advanced Portuguese 30 No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15 No
MLS3060 The Amorous Lyric of the Spanish Golden Age 15 No
MLS3061 Religion, Revolution and Counterrevolution 15 No
MLS3062 Spain and the fin de siecle: from Disaster to Modernity 15 No
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. Sociology: Demonstrate an analytical understanding of Sociology, taking into account different sociological perspectives, modes of social analysis and their concomitant theoretical and conceptual frameworks (benchmark 6.1.1
2. Show awareness of the social, political, historical, and economic origins of Sociology.
3. Show knowledge of a variety of methods of social investigation, including ethnographic and survey methods, questionnaire and interview design (sociology benchmark 6.3.3).
4. Ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner (sociology benchmark 6.1.8).
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies (sociology benchmark 6.2.1).
6. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies (sociology benchmark 6.2.2).
7. 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.
8. Spanish:8. Demonstrate a high level of competence (written and oral, active and passive) in Spanish.
9. Show wide-ranging knowledge of the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world and an understanding of its contribution to western culture as a whole.
10. Show awareness of the linguistic, literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which texts are produced and read.
11. Show awareness of how language produces and reflects cultural change and difference.
12. Achieve a level of knowledge and competence commensurate with national Modern Languages benchmarks
13. Show ability to use the target language to undertake and present the results of an extended project, while living and working in the target-language environment

1. This skill is developed on all sociology modules, and is a core aim of the sociology side of the programme, especially on SOC1012. 2-4. These skills are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1012, SOC1026, and are developed on subsequent modules. 5-6 These skills are developed through similar methods on SOC1026, and further developed on subsequent modules. 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. This skill is developed through the core modules on written and oral Spanish. This is achieved through a combination of written work (essay-writing, translation and comprehension of texts in a variety of styles and registers) and oral practice (classes in small groups with native speakers). 9-11. These skills are developed through the optional modules taken. 12. All modules contribute to the development of this skill.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, ILOs 1-12
oral presentations, ILOs 1-13
and examinations ILOS 1-12
(and, where applicable, Research Methods Project , Sociology or Spanish Dissertation work).

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:

14. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources (benchmark 6.1.3).
15. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research ((benchmark 6.1.1).
16. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages ((benchmark 6.2.3).
17. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
18. Think and write broadly about large themes
19. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information
20. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence ((benchmark 6.2.4).
21. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence ((benchmark 6.2.3).
22. Collate data from a range of sources ((benchmark 6.2.2).
23. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work ((benchmark 6.3.6).
24. Present work and answer questions orally.
25. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner ((benchmark 6.3.6).
26. Assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language
27. Analyse texts (including where appropriate non-literary texts and other media, e.g. film) taking account of their cultural, historical and generic contexts, and articulate one's understanding orally and in writing.
28. Show receptiveness to a foreign culture and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.
29. Show ability to plan and manage your own language learning through an extended period of independent study

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, language classes, written work (including translation work), and oral work (both presentation and class discussion). 

Term-time essays ILOs 14-28
oral presentations, ILOs 14-29
examinations ILOs 14-28
(and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work). ILOs 14-29

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:

30. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
31. Use a word processor and the world-wide web to a high standard.
32. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
33. Evaluate own work.
34. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature.
35. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
36. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
37. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
38. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
39. Communicate and argue effectively, both orally and in writing.
40. Express and defend opinions on a wide range of current and abstract issues.
41. Advance linguistic competence independently.
42. If taking Sociology Project and/or Dissertation in either subject: Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.
43. Show ability to adapt to the culture and working practices of a foreign country.

30. This skill is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme. 31. 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. 32. This skill is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme. 33. 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. 34. This skill is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations. 35. This skill is developed through seminars, which form the whole or part basis of all modules. Skills 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40 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. 41. This skill is developed through oral and written work on the core Spanish language modules. 42/43. This skill is developed through the through the Dissertation, which has a single end of year deadline. 

Skills in 30, 31 and 32 are assessed in all modules. Skill 32 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation.
Skill 33 is assessed implicitly throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal exercise conducted in the inter-semester week in Spring Term. 34. Timed examinations are used in all modules except SOC2004, SOC2007 and the dissertation. Skill 35 is a continuous part of formative assessment. The skills in 36, 37 and 38 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. Skills 39-40 form the basis of assessment in the core Spanish language modules, building in complexity as the student progresses through the programme. Skill 41/42/43 are covered by 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.


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 Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Humanities (CHUM)

Partner Institution

College of Humanities

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Sociology and Spanish

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Languages and related studies
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision