Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

BA (Hons) Sociology and French

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Sociology and French Programme codeUFA4HPSSML03
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

These programmes give you a wonderful opportunity to combine the challenge of exploring Sociology with a language. Your third year will normally be spent studying abroad, developing your language skills. Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied as a beginner, 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 offer a teaching and learning programme informed by a vibrant research culture.
2. To offer excellent learning opportunities for undergraduates in Sociology and French.
3. To produce graduates who will be useful, productive and questioning members of society.
4. 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
5. To train you to a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking and writing French this will enable you to communicate readily on a personal and professional basis.
6. To develop your competence in the specific skills required in Sociology and in French, and in core academic and personal and key skills.
7. To offer you during stages 2 and 3/4 of your degree programme a range of options in the language, literature, history and culture of France which will enable you, within the boundaries of a coherent degree programme, to develop your own particular interests.
8. 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.
9. 4 year programme: enable you, through a period of residence abroad, to reinforce your competence in the language, your knowledge of the French-speaking world and your capacity for independent learning.

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 French-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 French-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.

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.

Information on the weighting of your programme for calculating your degree can be found at: http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%2012/12AHandbook.pdf 

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 College Examinations and Assessment Conventions.

Interim Awards
In exceptional circumstances, you may exit this award with a Certificate in Higher Education in Sociology and French where you have achieved 120 credits at stage 1 or a Diploma in Higher Education in Sociology 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 International Studies offers is available (with module descriptions) at http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/undergraduate/modules/ 

The full list of modules the College of Humanities offers is available at https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

The Sociology and French 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. However this is not normally available for Combined Honours programmes which feature a language.

The third year is spent abroad.

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 sociological theory and concepts, plus written and oral skills in French, and options in French literature, cultural history, linguistics and film. 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?
MLF1001 French Language 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: Fields and Case Studies 15No

Optional Modules

A further two 15-credit French Level 1 optional modules.  The full list of French modules can be accessed here -

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/ (select Modern Languages - French)

Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


In the second year you will advance your grasp of sociological knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules, and continue the development of your language skills. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral 30Yes
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30No
SOC2004 Into the Field 15No

Optional Modules

15 credits from the Sociology Programme, normally at level 2

A further two 15-credit French Level 2 optional modules.  The full list of French modules can be accessed here -

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/ (select Modern Languages - French)

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology S2 modules 2015/6
SOC2014 Media in Society 15 No
SOC2029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC2031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
SOC2032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
SOC2034 Gender and Society 1: Body and Sexuality in Contemporary Perspective 15 No
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC2037 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC2040 Actor-Network-Theory 15 No
SOC2074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
SOC2078B Eat: The Social Self as Consumer 15 No
SOC2085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
SOC2086 Addiction 30 No
SOC2087 Disability and Society 15 No
SOC2088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
SOC2091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SOC2092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15 No
SOC2095 On Violence 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


The third year is spent abroad, either on a work placement, studying at a university, or in a school working as a language assistant.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SML3010 Working and Studying Abroad (4 year programme) or120Yes
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University(with Assessment in the Foreign Language) (4 year programme) or120Yes
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad (4 year programme) 120Yes
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills (3 year progamme)30Yes

Optional Modules

3-Year Programme: 

60 credits from the Sociology Programme normally at level 3 

A further two 15-credit French Level 3 optional modules.  The full list of French modules can be accessed here -

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/ (select Modern Languages - French)

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology S3 modules 2015/6 (3 year programme)
SOC3013 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC3028 Media in Society 15 No
SOC3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
SOC3030 Sociology of Art and Culture 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
SOC3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
SOC3078B Eat: The Social Self as Consumer 15 No
SOC3080 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
SOC3086 Addiction 30 No
SOC3087 Disability and Society 15 No
SOC3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
SOC3091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15 No
SOC3095 On Violence 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120

Stage 4


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?
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30Yes

Optional Modules

60 credits from the Sociology Programme normally at level 3 

A further two 15-credit French Level 3 optional modules.  The full list of French modules can be accessed here -

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/ (select Modern Languages - French)

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology S3 modules 2015/6
SOC3013 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC3028 Media in Society 15 No
SOC3029 Sociology and Philosophy of Globalisation 15 No
SOC3030 Sociology of Art and Culture 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
SOC3074 Cyborg Studies 30 No
SOC3078B Eat: The Social Self as Consumer 15 No
SOC3080 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
SOC3086 Addiction 30 No
SOC3087 Disability and Society 15 No
SOC3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
SOC3091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SOC3092 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 15 No
SOC3095 On Violence 30 No
SOC3040 Dissertation 30No
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. 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. FRENCH: Demonstrate a high level of competence (written and oral, active and passive) in French.
9. Show wide-ranging knowledge of the history and culture of the French-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. Four year programme: 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 SOC1037, SOC1038. 2-4. These skills are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1037, SOC1038, SOC1019, SOC1020, and are developed on subsequent modules. 5-6 These skills are developed through similar methods on SOC1019, SOC1020, 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 French. 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 French 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.
24. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work ((benchmark 6.3.6).
25. Present work and answer questions orally.
26. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner ((benchmark 6.3.6).
27. Assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language
28. 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.
29. Show receptiveness to a foreign culture and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.
30. Four year programme: Show ability to plan and manage his/her 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).

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, language tests, assessed presentations, and examinations.

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

31. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
32. Use a word processor and the world-wide web to a high standard.
33. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
34. Evaluate own work.
35. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature.
36. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
37. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
38. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
39. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
40. Communicate and argue effectively, both orally and in writing.
41. Express and defend opinions on a wide range of current and abstract issues.
42. Advance linguistic competence independently.
43. If taking Sociology Project and/or Dissertation in either subject: Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.
44. (4-year programme only): Show ability to adapt to the culture and working practices of a foreign country.

31. This skill is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.

32. 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.

33. This skill is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

34. 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.

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

36. This skill is developed through seminars, which form the whole or part basis of all modules.

Skills 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41 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.

42. This skill is developed through oral and written work on the core French language modules.

43. This skill is developed through the through the Dissertation, which has a single end of year deadline.

Skills in 31, 32 and 33 are assessed in all modules.

Skill 33 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation. 

Skill 34 is assessed implicitly throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal exercise conducted in the inter-semester week in Spring Term.

35. Timed examinations are used in all modules except SOC2004 and the dissertation.

Skill 36 is a continuous part of formative assessment.

The skills in 37, 38 and 39 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 40-42 form the basis of assessment in the core French language modules, building in complexity as the student progresses through the programme.

Skill 43 is 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.

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

College of Humanities (CHUM)

Partner Institution

College of Humanities

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Sociology and French

19. UCAS Code

LR31

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Languages and related studies
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2001

Date of last revision

17/07/2013