Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

BA (Hons) Sociology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Sociology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4HPSHPS39
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2017/8
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This degree is designed to introduce you to the sociological ways of thinking, seeing and investigating the social, cultural and political world we live in. The core modules in Years 1 and 2 concentrate on the skills, methods and theories of sociological inquiry, leading to increasing specialisation through optional modules in Years 2. The 3rd year of study taken in an institution abroad and the dissertation is taken in Year 4.

Theoretical modules cover the history and development of sociological theory, from Durkheim and Weber to Goffman, Garfinkel and Baudrillard, including contemporary debates on individualism, functionalism and interactionism and post-modern theories. Other core modules concentrate on the subject matter of sociology and encourage you to develop a critical understanding of the rise and transformation of modern societies from the 18th century to the present day, with a particular focus on the last three decades.

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.
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 produce graduates who are competent in the specific skills required in Sociology.
6. To produce graduates who are competent in core academic skills.
7. To produce graduates with a wide range of generic and transferable skills.
8. 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.
9. 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 Single Honours degree programme is studied over 4 years and is university-based throughout that time. Study is undertaken in four stages, one for each year of study with the 3rd year of study taken in an institution abroad.. 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 for two. Each stage comprises 120 credits

Further 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

Interim Awards

College to provide details for this specific programme
In exceptional circumstances, you may exit this award with a Certificate in Higher Education in Sociology 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.

Under the University's rules on modularity the degree programme contains compulsory and optional modules. As part of this degree programme, you may take up to 30 credits a year outside their main degree subject; however, this is subject to availability, fulfilling pre-requisites and compatibility within the timetable.

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: http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%2012/12AHandbook.pdf 

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 http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/undergraduate/modules/ 

The 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 is spent studying abroad at a partner institution.

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. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1003 Imagining Social Worlds: Texts 15No
SOC1008 Imagining Social Worlds: Artefacts 15No
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Fields and Case Studies 15No
SOC1037 Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15No
SOC1038 Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15No

Optional Modules

You are free to take two 15-credit modules or one 30-credit module in any discipline. Many students choose Introduction to Social Anthropology, but you may choose to take another Social Science subject, a language or a module in another discipline.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology Stage 1 modules 2017-8
SOC1003 Imagining Social Worlds: Texts 15 No
SOC1004 Introduction to Social Data 15 No
SOC1008 Imagining Social Worlds: Artefacts 15 No
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15 No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Fields and Case Studies 15 No
SOC1028 Media and Society 15 No
SOC1036 Foucault-Discipline and Punish 15 No
SOC1037 Introduction to Social Analysis: Classical Social Theory 15 No
SOC1038 Introduction to Social Analysis: Contemporary Social Theory 15 No
SOC1039 Social Issues: Part I - Introducing Crime and Deviance 15 No
SOC1040 Social Issues: Part II - Themes in Criminology 15 No
SOC1041 Data Analysis in Social Science 15 No
SOC1045 Introduction to Criminal Justice 15 No
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. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC2004 Into the Field 15No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology 30No
SOC2050 Knowing the Social: perception, memory and representation 15No

Optional Modules

You can choose from a long list of modules reflecting the research expertise of academic staff. Modules usually cover topics such as the Sociology of music, childhood, consumerism, health, warfare, or city life; Anthropology or Criminology. You may also take 30 credits in another subject such a language, business or another social science subject.

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology Stage 2 modules 2017-8
SOC2016 Gender and Society 30 No
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC2031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
SOC2032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC2038 On Violence 15 No
SOC2061 Media in Society 30 No
SOC2077 Data Analysis in Social Science II 15 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
SOC2094 Data Analysis in Social Science III 15 No
SOC2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC2097 Environment and Society 15 No
SOC2098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15 No
SOC2102 Education and Society 15 No
SOC2104 Victimology 15 No
SOC2107 Culture and Wellbeing 15 No
SOC2039 Sociology of Family and Gender 15 No
SOC2101 Police and Policing 15 No
SOC2109 Philosophy with Children 15 No
Anthropology Stage 2 modules 2017-8
ANT2009 Living cities: Migration, place and the politics of identities 15 No
ANT2010 Human-Animal Interactions 15 No
ANT2012 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
ANT2013 Visual Anthropology: Methods & Perspectives 15 No
ANT2014 Cultures: Food 15 No
ANT2031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
ANT2032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
ANT2085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
ANT2086 Addiction 30 No
ANT2087 Disability and Society 15 No
ANT2088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
ANT2089 Cultures of Race, ethnicity and racism 15 No
ANT2090 Sound and Society 15 No
ANT2091 Philosophical Anthropology 30 No
ANT2097 Environment and Society 15 No
ANT2107 Culture and Wellbeing 15 No
ANT2021 Anthropology of the Middle East 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


Year abroad

Compulsory Modules

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.

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.

30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC3040 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

A wide range of options cover topics such addiction, gender, countercultures, cyborg studies, human/animal interactions, the politics of nature, disability, and the Holocaust. You may also take 30 credits in another subject such a language, business or another social science subject.

 
CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology Stage 3 modules 2017-8
SOC3002 On Violence 15 No
SOC3016 Gender and Society 30 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
SOC3078B Eat: The Social Self as Consumer 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
SOC3094 Data Analysis in Social Science III 15 No
SOC3096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC3097 Environment and Society 15 No
SOC3098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15 No
SOC3102 Education and Society 15 No
SOC3104 Victimology 15 No
SOC3105 Crime and the Family 15 No
SOC3106 Media in Society 30 No
SOC3107 Culture and Wellbeing 15 No
SOC3101 Police and Policing 15 No
SOC3108 Sociology of Family and Gender 15 No
Anthropology Stage 3 modules 2017-8
ANT3004 Living cities: Migration, place and the politics of identities 15 No
ANT3005 Human-Animal Interactions 15 No
ANT3012 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
ANT3013 Visual Anthropology: Methods & Perspectives 15 No
ANT3014 Cultures: Food 15 No
ANT3031 Ethnomusicology 30 No
ANT3032 Culture and Perception in Everyday Life 15 No
ANT3085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
ANT3086 Addiction 30 No
ANT3087 Disability and Society 15 No
ANT3088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
ANT3089 Cultures of Race, ethnicity and racism 15 No
ANT3090 Sound and Society 15 No
ANT3091 Philosophical Anthropology 30 No
ANT3097 Environment and Society 15 No
ANT3107 Culture and Wellbeing 15 No
ANT3021 Anthropology of the Middle East 15 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. 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 (benchmark 6.3.3).
4. Demonstrate an ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner (benchmark 6.1.8).
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies (benchmark 6.2.1).
6. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies (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.

Teaching/learning methods and strategies
1. Is developed on all modules, and is a core aim of the whole programme.
2.-4. are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1037, SOC1038, ANT1005, SOC1003, and are developed on subsequent modules.
5-6 is developed through similar methods on ANT1005, and SOC 1003, and further developed on subsequent modules.
7. 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,

Oral presentations, 

examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project and Dissertation work). 

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:

8. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources (benchmark 6.1.3).
9. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research ((benchmark 6.1.1).
10. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages ((benchmark 6.2.3).
11. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
12. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical
13. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence ((benchmark 6.2.3).
14. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
15. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work ((benchmark 6.3.6).
16. Present work and answer questions orally
17. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner ((benchmark 6.3.6).
18. 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, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion). 

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, assessed presentations, Dissertation (and, where applicable, Project work), 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:

19. Undertake independent research and ability to work to deadlines. Present an argument orally in a clear, organized and effective manner (Phil. 26.8).
20. Word process and access the world-wide web gain familiarity with IT packages
21. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
22. Evaluate own work
23. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations
24. Work with others as part of a team.
25. Group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
26. Plan the execution of work over a long time scale.
27. Think and write broadly about large themes
28. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
29. Collate data from a range of sources ((benchmark 6.2.2).
30. 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

19 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme but is addressed especially via SOC2004 and in the dissertation.

20 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through work for example in SOC1008 (Imagining Social Worlds: Artefacts) and SOC2004

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

22 is developed throughout but especially in SOC2004 and the dissertation (and through the self-appraisal in the inter-semester week).

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

The skills in 24 and 25 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. However, there is particular emphasis on

25 (and 26) in SOC2004 where students work partly as members of a team in designing and conducting a piece of sociological research.

27 is developed through the Dissertation at stage 3, which has a single end of year deadline, and also in SOC2004.

28 and 29 are developed through all modules.

Skill 30 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 19, 20 and 21 are assessed in all modules.

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

22 Is assessed implicitly throughout, and aided through the student self-appraisal system that takes place in the inter-semester week of Spring Term.

23, 24, 25 and 26 are formally assessed in SOC2004.

27 Is covered by the Dissertation.

28 and 29 by all modules.

Skill 30 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) Sociology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code

L302

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/1995

Date of last revision

17/04/2012