Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Political Economy

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Philosophy and Political Economy Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS14
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme allows you to study and understand the contribution that philosophy can make to older and newer political and economic questions. You will be able to reflect on the role that philosophical notions such as ‘rationality’, ‘values’ and ‘norms’ play in other disciplines interested in the structure and functioning of human societies. You will also learn how to assess current politico-economical debates in light of the history of thought.The core modules introduce you to the central problems and methods of philosophical inquiry in combination with modules that build up specialisation in political philosophy, political theory and normative economics.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To produce graduates from the programme who are useful, productive and questioning members of society.
2. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Philosophy through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the world and of ourselves.
3. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Political Economy through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of the ways in which resource allocations are shaped by social and political institutions and practices.
4. To develop students competence in the specific skills required in Political Economy and in Philosophy, and in core academic and personal and key skills, including the completion of a research project.
5. 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

Your Philosophy and Political Economy programme is a three year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into three Stages. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year. The programme is also divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of credits. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. Each stage comprises 120 credits.

Credits at Stage 1 must be successfully completed in order to proceed to Stage 2, but marks gained at this stage play no further part in the final assessment. Procedures for the final assessment of the degree programme can be found at:
https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/student/undergraduate/collegehandbook/assessmentandfeedback/

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 in Philosophy (with module descriptions) is available at 
https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/index.php

The full list of modules in Politics (with module descriptions) is available at http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/modules.php

The Philosophy and Political Economy degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

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

Stage 1


The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of philosophical, political, and economic theory and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL1002A Knowledge and Reality 1 or PHL1005A15No
PHL1005A Evidence and Argument 1 or PHL1002A15No
POL1016B History of Political Thought 2 15No
BEE1029 Economic Principles 30No
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15No

Optional Modules

30 credits from the Politics programme.

BEE1032 History of Economic Thought (15 credits) can be taken as Politics credits

15 credits from the Philosophy programme.

BEE1015 Philosophy of Economics (15 credits) can be taken as Philosophy credits

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PoliticsS1UG2016-17
POL1006 State and Society 15 No
POL1016A History and Political Thought I 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
BEE1032 History of Economic Thought 15No
BEE1015 Philosophy of Economics 15No
PHLS1UG2016-17
PHL1003 Philosophical Readings 5 15 No
PHL1007 Philosophical Reading 1 15 No
PHL1008 Philosophical Readings 2 15 No
PHL1009 Philosophies of Art 15 No
PHL1010 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 15 No
PHL1013 Philosophy of Morality 15 No
PHL1036 Foucault-Discipline and Punish 15 No
PHL1112 Philosophy of Film 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


In the second year you will advance your grasp of philosophical, political, and economic knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15No

Optional Modules

30 credits of Philosophy options

30 credits Economics options

15 credits of Politics options

Further 30 credits options from Philosophy, Economics and/or Politics

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Economics Stream S2
BEE2024 Economic Principles and Policy 30 No
Philosophy stage 2 core modules
PHL2010A Philosophy of Mind - 1 15 No
PHL2011A Philosophy of Nature 1 15 No
PHL2012 Social Philosophy 15 No
PHL2015 Body and Mind 15 No
PHL2016 Metaphysics 15 No
PHL2018 Philosophy of Language 15 No
PHLS2UG2016-17
PHL2020 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL2021 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL2022 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL2024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL2026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL2027 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL2028 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
PHL2029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
PHL2030 Evil 15 No
PHL2031 Mind and World 15 No
PHL2035 Critical Bioethics 15 No
PHL2038 The Self 15 No
PHL2051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL2052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL2060 Philosophy of Emotion 15 No
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHL2074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
PHL2075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL2037 Aristotle's Politics 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

Compulsory Modules

 

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BEE3042 International Political Economy 15No
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation OR30No
POL3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

Option 1:

  • 15 credits Philosophy options
  • 30 credits Politics and/or Economics options
  • 30 credits Philosophy, Politics and/or Economics options

OR

Option 2:

  • 45 credits Philosophy options
  • 30 credits Philosophy, Politics and/or Economics options
CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
POLS3UG2016-17
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 Semi-democratic and Authoritarian Countries 30 No
POL3186B Gender, Militarization and Resistance 30 No
POL3187 Sub-National and Local Governance: A Practice Approach 30 No
PHLS3UG2016-17
PHL3013 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL3014 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL3018 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL3024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL3026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
PHL3035 Critical Bioethics 15 No
PHL3037 Aristotle's Politics 15 No
PHL3038 The Self 15 No
PHL3041 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL3042 Philosophical Anthropology 15 No
PHL3043 Evil 15 No
PHL3044 Mind and World 15 No
PHL3051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL3052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL3060 Philosophy of Emotion 15 No
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHL3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
PHL3075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of philosophy and political economy.
2. Show familiarity with the basic analytical techniques of philosophy and political economy
3. Evaluate different approaches to philosophy and political economy
4. Define a suitable research project in the area and pursue it to completion

A1 is developed across all programme stages, moving from the broad discussion at stage 1 to the more specialised study at Stages 2 ad 3. A2 is developed through the introductory Philosophy modules and the combination of familiarity with basic Economics (A level or a core level 1 module), Introduction to Political Economy and the choice of basic Politics modules. 3 is present in some form in all modules but is developed in the compulsory stage 3 module BEE3042. 4 is developed throughout the programme in essay work and is taken further in the dissertation

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, ILOs 1-4
oral presentations, ILOs 1-4
and examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project, Dissertation work). ILOs 1-4

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:

5. Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of sources
6. Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information, and critically analyse subject material.
7. Manage own learning self-critically
8. Show clear awareness of the basic questions arising from academic research.

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, ILOs 5-6
assessed presentations, ILOs 5-6
and examinations. ILOs 5-6
8 is assessed throughout the programme but especially in the dissertation. 7 is not assessed

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:

9. Undertake independent study and ability to work to deadlines.
10. Communicate effectively in speech and writing
11. Use information and communication technology (ICT) for retrieval and presentation of information
12. Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.

C1 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme and is developed through presentations and written assignments. C2 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme. C3 is developed through presentations and written assignments. C4 is developed to some extent in all modules, especially in group work at Stages 1 and 2, through interaction in seminars at Stages 2 and 3 and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism, both collective and individual.

The skills in 9 and 10 are assessed in presentations, written work and examinations all modules. 11 is assessed by written work that requires the use of ICT for the retrieval and presentation of information.

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

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Political Economy

19. UCAS Code

VL51

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Philosophy
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2002

Date of last revision

12/06/2012