Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

MA Sociology

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Sociology Programme codePTA1HPSHPS70
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2017/8
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2017

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Based in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, the programme draws on staff research-led interests and expertise in cultural sociology, social and cultural anthropology, sociology of health and illness, as well as in the sociology of science and technology and the philosophy of biology. By taking a distinctively interdisciplinary approach on the some of the biggest issues and questions facing contemporary societies, particularly in relation to science and technology, health, well-being and culture, the degree will prepare you for further research or employment in a wide range of professions in both the public and private sectors.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will draw on the department’s research strengths and interdisciplinary outlook to provide students with a sound foundation in sociology at postgraduate level. In addition to taking optional modules from the department’s core disciplines – sociology, philosophy and anthropology – you will explore a range of different social research methods and conceptual tools and learn to apply them in your own research of the social world. More specifically, the programme aims:

-       To provide a critical understanding of key issues facing contemporary societies, and locate them in the wider theoretical and methodological debates in sociology

-       To equip students with the conceptual and methodological tools to research the social world

-       To provide students with the requisite intellectual skills and knowledge to be an imaginative and critical thinker and problem solver who is able to question taken-for-granted assumptions regarding contemporary modes of life and developing new ways of apprehending them

-       To equip you with a range of core academic and transferable skills appropriate for Masters level study within the discipline.

4. Programme Structure

The MA in Sociology is a one year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

 

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.

 

Interim Awards

Under exceptional circumstances you may exit this programme with a Postgraduate Certificate in Sociology on successful completion of 90 Credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology on successful completion of 120 credits.

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.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

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:

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

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:  http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

You may take Elective Modules up to (30) credits outside of the programme as long as you have the agreement of the Programme Director, 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.

The fourth character of any module code signifies its NQF level, according to the following scheme:

Fourth Character

NQF level

1

4

2

5

3

6

M

7

Stage 1


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

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30Yes
SOCM027 Social Theory 30Yes
SOCM904 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

 

Plus 60 credits of modules selected from a list of options offered in the Department of Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology.  You may take Elective Modules up to (30) credits outside of the programme as long as you have the agreement of the Programme Director, 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.

 

 

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/sociology/current/postgraduatemodules/

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Sociology PGT modules 2017-8
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
SOCM028 Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making 30 No
SOCM029 Data Visualisation 15 No
Philosophy PGT modules 2017-8
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

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 an advanced understanding and critical awareness of contemporary social issues
2. Show an advanced knowledge of theories and methodologies in sociology
3. Read critically and contribute to the literature on research in sociology
4. Demonstrate competency in a wide range of skills in the selection and use of differing research methods

Reading

Lectures

Seminar discussions

In-class group work

1 Verbal feedback on seminar contributions (1-3)

2 Written assignments, e.g. essay work (1-3)

3 Dissertation (3-4)

 

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:

5. Analyse and synthesise different types of sociological material and evidence
6. Understand complex sociological terminology and discourses
7. Present independent interpretations.
8. Demonstrate a competency in applying concepts and methodologies to the research of the social world

Lectures 

Seminar discussions 

In-class group work

5 Verbal feedback in seminars (5-7) 

6 Written assignments, e.g. essay work (5-7) 

7 Dissertation (5-8)

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:

9. Think independently at an advanced level.
10. Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials
11. Plan work efficiently to achieve realistic goals within constrained time frames.
12. Plan, execute and write up research through individual initiative

Lectures 

Seminars 

In-class group work

9 Verbal feedback in seminars (9-10)

10 Written assignments (9-12)

11 Dissertation (9-12)

 

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 Sociology

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

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 Date of last revision