Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Politics and Sociology Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS03
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme enables you to study the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies together with their political ideas, institutions and practices.

Your work is divided evenly between the two subjects, with the politics and international relations modules appropriate to the combined degree. The programmes are designed so that there are no differences in the workload in comparison to the Single Honours degrees. In the final year, you’ll take a dissertation in either sociology or politics, depending on your own area of interest.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To produce graduates from the programme that are useful, productive and questioning members of society
2. To produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of Politics through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the discipline
3. 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
4. To develop students' competence in the specific skills required in Sociology and in Politics, and in core academic and personal and key skills
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

4. Programme Structure

This joint honours programme is studied over three years and is university-based throughout that time. It is comprised of three stages, of 120 credits per stage, each of which normally occupies an academic year so that it requires three years to accumulate the 360 credits required for a final award. Part-time study over a longer period is possible by negotiation with the College.

The programme is divided into units called modules. Each module studied successfully contribute 15 or 30 credits toward the degree. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload and one credit is nominally equivalent to 10 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. 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 subjects, choosing from modules in another department within the College of Social Sciences, or within another College. Given the demands of this joint honours programme, students will not be able to choose 30 credits outside their programme at Stage 1. However, they will be able to do so at both Stages 2 and 3.

Modules and other study components can be taken only with the approval of the Department (normally given by the student’s personal tutor). Modules are not all available every year; options are offered each year at the discretion of Departments. 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 1 is formative and does not contribute towards the overall mark for the degree programme, although an overall pass is necessary for progression to Stage 2. Further information on the weighting of your programme for calculating your degree 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 BA Politics and Sociology 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 also 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


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
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

Students take 60 credits from the Level 1 Politics Programme.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Politics Modules S1 2013/14-2014/15 60 credits
POL1006 State and Society 15 No
POL1016A History and Political Thought I 15 No
POL1016B History of Political Thought 2 15 No
POL1017 Globalization of World Politics 15 No
POL1018 Facing the Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century 15 No
POL1019 Power and Democracy 15 No
POL1020 Politics in Europe 15 No
POL1023 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
POL1905 Employability 0 No
POL1001B State of Britain 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Optional Modules

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from Level 2 of the Sociology Programme

AND

Students to choose 60 credits of modules from the Level 2 Politics Programme

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology Core 2 2015/6
SOC2004 Into the Field 15 No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30 No
SOC2050 Knowing the Social: perception, memory and representation 15 No
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
Politics Modules S2 2013/14-2014/15
POL2020 Contemporary Theories of World Politics 15 No
POL2026 Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas 15 No
POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy 15 No
POL2038 International Relations, War and Peace in the Middle East 15 No
POL2046 The Economics of Politics 15 No
POL2047 American Politics 15 No
POL2050 Political Philosophy 15 No
POL2057 Security Studies 15 No
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 No
POL2060 Public Policy and Administration 15 No
POL2068 Global Justice and Transnational Democracy 15 No
POL2070 Quantitative methods in political science 15 No
POL2071 Experimental Research in the Social Sciences 15 No
POL2072 Race Ethnicity and 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.

Optional Modules

Students to choose 60 credits from Level 2 of the Sociology Programme

AND

Students to choose 60 credits from the Level 3 Politics programme

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Politics Modules S3 2013/14-2014/15
HIH3102 Islam, Muslim society and Politics in the Indian Subcontinent, 1850-1980: Sources 30 No
HIH3103 Islam, Muslim society and Politics in the Indian Subcontinent, 1850-1980: Context 30 No
HIH3132 The Body in Early Modern England: Sources 30 No
HIH3133 The Body in Early Modern England: Context 30 No
HIH3170 From the Grand Tour to Gladiator: Modern Encounters with the Ancient World: Sources 30 No
HIH3171 From the Grand Tour to Gladiator: Modern Encounters with the Ancient World: Context 30 No
HIH3250 Colonial Conflict and Decolonization 1918-1975: Sources 30 No
HIH3251 Colonial Conflict and Decolonization 1918-1975: Context 30 No
HIH3255 Churchill and the Empire, 1874-1965: Sources 30 No
HIH3256 Churchill and the Empire, 1874-1965: Context 30 No
HIH3257 The Russian Revolution: Sources 30 No
HIH3258 The Russian Revolution: Context 30 No
HIH3266 Magic in the Middle Ages: Sources 30 No
HIH3268 Organised Street Protest in Modern British and American History: Sources 30 No
HIH3268 Organised Street Protest in Modern British and American History: Sources 30 No
HIH3269 Organised Street Protest in Modern British and American History: Context 30 No
HIH3301 Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945: Sources 30 No
HIH3302 Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945: Context 30 No
HIH3624 Literature, Culture and Politics in Early Modern England: Sources 30 No
HIH3625 Literature, Culture and Politics in Early Modern England 30 No
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
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. Politics: Understand the nature and significance of politics as a human activity
2. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different political system operating at the national, European and international level
4. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events
5. Show at least a basic knowledge of EITHER international relations theory OR political theory OR theories of comparative government, according to the elective modules taken at stage 1
6. Achieve level of knowledge and competence commensurate with national Politics benchmarks
7. 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)
8. Show awareness of the social, political, historical, and economic origins of Sociology
9. Show knowledge of a variety of methods of social investigation, including ethnographic and survey methods, questionnaire and interview design (benchmark 6.3.3)
10. Ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner (benchmark 6.1.8)
11. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies (sociology benchmark 6.2.1).
12. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies (benchmark 6.2.2)
13. 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

  • 1 and 4 are developed across all programme stages, moving from broad areas of politics in stage 1 to progressively more specialised aspects at stages 2 to 3
  • 2 and 3 are present in some form in all Politics modules. Development of 2 is ensured through the requirement that students take two 'theory' modules in Stage 1 and at least one 'theory' module in Stages 1 and 2
  • 3 is also ensured through directed module choice embedded in programme pathways at Stages 1 and 2.
  • 5 is developed initially at Stage 1 according to which elective modules are taken, and at least one will be developed further thereafter according to the elective modules taken
  • 6 all modules contribute
  • 7 is developed on all modules, and is a core aim of the whole programme
  • 8-10 are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1037, SOC1038 and SOC1019, SOC1020 and are developed on subsequent modules; 9 is developed through practical and teamwork on SOC2004. A11-A12 is developed through similar methods on SOC1037, SOC1038, and SOC1019, SOC1020, and further developed on subsequent modules. A13 is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays 1-13, oral presentations1-13, and examinations 1-13 (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project, Sociology or Politics Dissertation work 1-13). 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:

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. Focus on and comprehend complex texts

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 1-14, written work1-14, and oral work 1-14 (both presentation and class discussion). 

These skills are assessed through term-time essays 14-27, assessed presentations 14-27, and examinations 14-27. 

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:

28. Undertake independent study and ability to work to deadlines
29. Word process and access the world-wide web
30. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths
31. Evaluate own work
32. Sit timed, unseen examinations of a challenging nature
33. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations
34. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material
35. Interact effectively with peers and staff
36. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups
37. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale

  • 28 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.
  • 29 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through the requirement on students to use the internet to access texts and other teaching materials.
  • 30 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.
  • 31 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.
  • 32 is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations.
  • 33 is developed through seminars, which form part of all modules.
  • The skills in 34,35 and 36 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.
  • 37 is developed through the Politics or Sociology Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline. 
  • The skills in 28, 29 and 30 are assessed in all modules.
  • 30 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation.
  • 31 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal exercise conducted in the inter-semester week in Spring Term.
  • 32 Timed examinations are used in most modules except SOC2004, SOC2007 and dissertation.
  • 33, 34, 35, and 36 are a continuous part of formative assessment on all modules.
  • 37 is covered by the Dissertation (in either subject). 

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) Politics and Sociology

19. UCAS Code

LLH2

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Politics and international relations
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date

02/10/2000

Date of last revision

14/06/2012