Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS36
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2012

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The Philosophy and Sociology programme with the Study Abroad at Exeter allows you to develop into graduates that are useful, productive and questioning members of society. You will become grounded in the main themes of Philosophy through a combination of modules which will encourage you to develop a deep understanding of some pervasive and problematic features of the world and of ourselves. You will also become grounded in the main themes of Sociology through a combination of modules which will enable you to 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.

This degree programme will enable you to become competent in the specific skills required in Sociology and in Philosophy, and in core academic and personal and key skills. You will be offered 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.

You will spend the 3rd year of your studies in a partner University on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study.

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 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 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 Philosophy, 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.
6. To offer students the opportunity to develop their skills and capabilities (including linguistic skills, where appropriate) through the pursuit of study in another University in a different geographical and cultural setting.

The programme aims:

4. Programme Structure

This Combined Honours degree programme is studied over four years. The first two years, and the final year, are university-based; the third is spent at a university abroad. Study is undertaken in four stages, one for each year of study. The 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.

If students wish to undertake their study abroad in a University which does not teach in English, they must normally take 30 credits from the Foreign Language Centre at stages 1 and 2 in the appropriate language. In doing this they would be deemed to have exercised their rights under the University's modularity provisions.

Assessment at stage one does not contribute towards the summative classification of the award. 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 is available (with module descriptions) at https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

The Philosophy 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 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.

The third year is spent studying 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 philosophical and sociological theory and concepts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory Modules

In Sociology, SOC1037, SOC1038, SOC1019 and SOC1020 are core

In Philosophy, PHL1006 and at least 2 modules from PHL1002A, PHL1002B and PHL1005A are core

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
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15No
PHL1002A Knowledge and Reality 1 AT LEAST 2 MODULES FROM PHL1002A, PHL1002B and PHL1005A15No
PHL1002B Knowledge and Reality 2 AT LEAST 2 MODULES FROM PHL1002A, PHL1002B and PHL1005A15No
PHL1005A Evidence and Argument 1 AT LEAST 2 MODULES FROM PHL1002A, PHL1002B and PHL1005A15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
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 and sociological 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?
PHL2012 Social Philosophy 15Yes
Philosophy stage 2 core modules at least 30 credits from these "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
SOCS2UG2015-16(core) 30 credits worth
SOC2004 Into the Field 15 No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30 No
SOC2050 Knowing the Social: perception, memory and representation 15 No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHLS2UG2016-17 up to 15 credits may be taken from options
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


Students will spend the third year of their studies in a partner university on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SSI3999 One Year study abroad 120No
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?
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation or SOC304030Yes
SOC3040 Dissertation or PHL304030Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHLS3UG2016-17 [30 credits worth if taking the Philosophy dissertation, 60 credits worth if taking the Sociology dissertation]
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
SOCS3UG2016-17 [60 credits worth if taking the Philosophy Dissertation, 30 credits worth if taking the Sociology Dissertation]
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 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. PHILOSOPHY: Show familiarity with philosophical ideas about the nature of society and the social sciences
2. Reflect upon the conditions of human social life.
3. Show familiarity with the history of modern Philosophy (Philosophy benchmark 18.1).
4. Demonstrate familiarity with basic concepts in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophies of mind and nature (Philosophy benchmark 18.2).
5. Analyse concepts in ethics (Philosophy benchmark 18.3)
6. Analyse and criticise substantial works by important historical and contemporary moral and political philosophers (Philosophy benchmarks 18.2 & 18.3).
7. Engage in logical and conceptual analysis and reasoning about abstract matters (Philosophy benchmarks 23.ii, 23.iv, 23.vi)
8. 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.
9. 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).
10. Show awareness of the social, political, historical, and economic origins of Sociology.
11. Show knowledge of a variety of methods of social investigation, including ethnographic and survey methods, questionnaire and interview design (benchmark 6.3.3).
12. Ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner (benchmark 6.1.8).
13. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies (benchmark 6.2.1).
14. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies (benchmark 6.2.2).
15. 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.

In explicit terms, 1 and 2 are developed through lectures, seminars and essay work on SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY; 3 and 4 through similar methods and strategies on Knowledge and Reality, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Nature; 5 and 6 through similar methods on Ethics; and 7 through practical exercises in EVIDENCE & ARGUMENT. However, depending on your chosen portfolio of modules, you will be developed, with increasing intensity as s/he progresses through the Stages, on the elective modules as well. 8 is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

9. Is developed on all Sociology modules, and is a core aim of the whole programme. 10-12. are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1037, SOC1038, ANT1004, ANT1005 SOC1019, SOC1020, SOC1003, SOC1008, and are developed on subsequent modules. 13-14 is developed through similar methods on ANT1004 and ANT1005, and further developed on subsequent modules. 15. 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 the following:
Term-time essays 1-15
Oral presentations 1-15
Examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project , Dissertation work). 1-15

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:

16. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources (benchmark 6.1.3).
17. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research ((benchmark 6.1.1).
18. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages ((benchmark 6.2.3).
19. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
20. Think and write broadly about large themes
21. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence ((benchmark 6.2.4).
22. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence ((benchmark 6.2.3).
23. Collate data from a range of sources ((benchmark 6.2.2).
24. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
25. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work ((benchmark 6.3.6).
26. Present work and answer questions orally
27. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner ((benchmark 6.3.6))
28. Focus on and comprehend complex texts
29. Where stage 3 is to be spent in a non-English speaking country, work at an advanced level, both orally and in writing, in a foreign language.

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 the following:

Term-time essays 16-29
Assessed presentations 16-29
Dissertation 16-29
Examinations 16-29

29 is developed through accredited language tuition at stages 1 and 2 and in the year abroad, and assessed in all work done in year abroad.

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 ability to work to deadlines.
31. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information
32. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
33. Evaluate own work
34. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations
35. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction
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. Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.
40. Advance linguistic competence independently

30 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.

31 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through the requirement on students to use the WWW to access texts and other teaching materials.

32 is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

33 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 is developed through seminars, which form part of all modules.

35 is developed throughout the Philosophy side of the programme.

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.

39 is developed through the Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline.

40 is developed through language tuition at stages 1 and 2 where one module (normally for 30 credits) in each of the first and second years is normally replaced with language modules appropriate to the host university, and in the year abroad.

The skills in 30, 31 and 32 are assessed in all modules.

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

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

34 is a continuous part of formative assessment.

35 Forms a basic tenet of examination throughout the Philosophy side of the programme.

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.

39 is covered by the Dissertation (in either subject).

40 is assessed by oral and written work on the Exeter-based language modules, and through the modules taken during year abroad.

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 Sociology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

VL5H

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Philosophy
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

19/06/2012