Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Philosophy and Sociology of Science Programme codePTA1HPSHPS37
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2017/8
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The programme, unique in the UK for its combination of philosophical and sociological perspectives on science and technology, examines the concept of science, the knowledge it provides and the way in which the production of knowledge is organised in society. In doing so, it will prepare you for further research or employment in the management and evaluation of science and its impact on society – an increasingly important aspect of science policy.

Based in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, the programme draws on staff research interests and expertise in the philosophy of biology, the mind, economics and social science, as well as in the sociology of science and technology.

You will also benefit from close collaboration with the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) – a recently established world class research centre at Exeter set up to investigate the meaning and social implications of contemporary genomic science. The Centre offers option modules and other study workshops for participants on the programme.

The influential Philosophical Gourmet ranking of philosophy graduate programmes rates the Exeter group first in the UK for philosophy of biology and it is among the top-ranked programmes in the philosophy of the social sciences.

The MA can be pursued on its own or as the first year of the new Four-Year PhD programme.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide a critical understanding of key issues in contemporary philosophy of science, and to locate these issues in the wider debate on philosophical theories of knowledge.
2. To provide a critical understanding of the social and cultural significance of science and technology, and of the social and political dynamics that sustain and shape the production, transmission, and popularisation of science.
3. To equip students with a range of core academic and transferable skills appropriate to Masters level study within the discipline.




4. Programme Structure

The programme is studied over 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) and is University-based throughout the period. The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 120 credits in total and a supervised dissertation worth 60 credits. Teaching takes place over two terms (October to May), followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September). Each taught module spans one term and is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments. The taught element consists of core modules, directed options and free options.

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.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

Core Modules followed by completion of the dissertation over the summer (June to September).

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30No
SOCM904 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

Modules worth 30 credits in total chosen from SOCM002A and SOCM016.

Plus one additional 30-credit module offered within the department of Sociology and Philosophy, or related disciplines (history, biosciences, geography, politics or law).

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

Inclusion in this list does not guarantee that a module will run in a particular year. It is dependent on staff availability, and the number of students wishing to take the module.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science optional modules Choose 30 credits
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15 No
SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30 No
SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30 No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30 No
Sociology PGT modules 2017-8 Choose one 30-credit module from sociology, philosophy or anthropology
SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15 No
SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30 No
SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30 No
SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15 No
SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30 No
SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30 No
SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30 No
SOCM002B Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 No
SOCM023 Social Theory 15 No
SOCM024 Cultural Sociology 30 No
SOCM025 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 15 No
SOCM026 Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies 15 No
SOCM027 Social Theory 30 No
SOCM030 Gender at Work 30 No
Philosophy PGT modules 2017-8
PHLM007 Current Issues in Mind and Cognition 30 No
PHLM008 Mind, Body and World 30 No
PHLM010 Introduction to Philosophical Methods 30 No
PHLM006 Contemporary Ethics 30 No
Anthropology PGT modules 2017-8
ANTM100 The Animal Mirror: Representations of Animality 15 No
ANTM101 Animals, Health and Healing 15 No
ANTM102 Anthrozoology: Theory and Method 30 No
ANTM103 Applied Anthrozoology 30 No
ANTM105 Humans and Wildlife: Conflict and Conservation 15 No
ANTM107 Anthrozoology Residential 15 No
ANTM108 Bioacoustics 15 No
ANTM021 Food, Body and Society 15 No
ANTM022 Food, Body and Society 30 No
ANTM104 Family Hominidae and Other Primates 15 No
ANTM106 Representation of Animals Through Religion 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

180


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. Show a sophisticated understanding of the nature of scientific theories and scientific knowledge and the implications for the wider debate on philosophical theories of knowledge
2. Show advanced knowledge of the major theoretical approaches in the area of science and technology studies.
3. Have a critical awareness of the social and political dynamics that sustain and shape the production, transmission, and popularisation of science.
4. Show an advanced understanding of the social issues arising from the development of science and technology.
5. Read critically and contribute to the literature relating to research in the field of science and technology studies.
6. Appreciate, analyse, synthesize, interpret and evaluate social, cultural and philosophical issues arising from the development of science and technology.

1-4 are developed primarily through seminar discussion and assignments in the core modules, and applied in the dissertation.
5-6 are developed through essay and seminar work on all modules, and in the dissertation.

1-4 are assessed informally through seminar work and formally through essay assignments for both core and optional modules, and in particular through the dissertation.
5-6 are assessed through essay work and seminar presentations on both core and optional modules, and in the dissertation.

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:

7. Understand complex terminology and discourses.
8. Analyse and synthesise different types of material and evidence.
9. Present independent interpretations.
10. Discuss and debate the contested and provisional nature of knowledge and understanding.
11. Identify and evaluate approaches to problem-solving.
12. Apply ideas to new situations.
13. Make effective use of libraries and the world-wide web to find information.
14. Reference sources accurately in written work to a professional standard.
15. Plan, conduct and write up a substantial essay in the form of a dissertation by a set deadline

7-12 are developed through seminar work and assignments in all modules. 13-14 are developed through written assignments. 15 is developed through the dissertation.

These skills are assessed through essay assignments and the dissertation.

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:

16. Think independently at an advanced level.
17. Plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time frames.
18. Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials
19. Work as an individual on challenging material.
20. Work as part of a team in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
21. Plan, execute and write up research through individual initiative
22. Use standard IT applications competently.

16 and 17 are requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation. 18 and 19 are core requirements of all modules, and especially the dissertation. 20 is developed through seminar work on the taught modules. 21 is applied on the dissertation. 22 is developed primarily through module assignments and the dissertation.

16 and 17 are assessed in all modules by essay work, and by the dissertation. 18 and 19 are assessed on all modules through the essays that go to make up the portfolio on which the coursework is assessed, and in the dissertation. 20 is reflected in seminar work and presentations. 21 is assessed in the dissertation. 22 assessed indirectly through coursework and 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

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MA Philosophy and Sociology of Science

19. UCAS Code

C729

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2004

Date of last revision

01/09/2011