Programme Specification for the 2017/8 academic year

BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics Programme codeUFA3HPSHPS09
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

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

This degree programme will enable you to become competent in the specific skills required in Politics 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.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To produce graduates from the programme who 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 Politics 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 Politics 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.

The programme aims:

4. Programme Structure

The combined honours programme is studied over three years, all of which are university-based. Study is undertaken in three levels, one for each year of study. The programme is divided into units called modules. Modules have a credit value of 15 or 30 credits; 15 credit modules last for one term and 30 credit modules last for two terms. Each stage comprises 120 credits.

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 in Philosophy (with module descriptions) is available at 
http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/socialsciences/moduledescriptions/

 

The Philosophy and Politics 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.

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

Compulsory Modules

For Philosophy - 3 of these 4 core modules must be taken

For Politics - both POL1025 and POL1026 core modules must be taken 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL1002A Knowledge and Reality 1 15No
PHL1002B Knowledge and Reality 2 15No
PHL1005A Evidence and Argument 1 15No
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 15No
POL1025 Classical Political Thought 15No
POL1026 Early Modern Political Thought 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 1 modules 2017-8
PHL1006 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 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
Politics Stage 1 Modules 2017-8
POL1001B State of Britain 15 No
POL1006 State and Society 15 No
POL1008 Introduction to Social Data 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
POL1025 Classical Political Thought 15 No
POL1026 Early Modern Political Thought 15 No
POL1028 Introduction to Strategic Studies 15 No
POL1041 Data Analysis in Social Science 15 No
POL1023 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


In the second year you will advance your grasp of philosophical and political knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory Modules

For Philosophy - 3 of the 6 core modules must be taken

For Politics - POL2059 core module must be taken 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 2 core modules At least 45 credits of "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
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 2 modules 2017-8 Up to 15 credits of options
PHL2020 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL2021 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL2022 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL2026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL2027 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL2051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL2052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL2061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHL2075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL2091 Philosophical Anthropology 30 No
PHL2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
PHL2100 Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change 15 No
PHL2108 Fundamental Ontology 15 No
PHL2110 Philosophy of Emotion 30 No
PHL2024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL2025A Philosophical Readings 4 15 No
PHL2109 Philosophy with Children 15 No
Politics Stage 2 modules 2017-8
POL2020 Contemporary Theories of World Politics 15 No
POL2027 The Politics of the World Economy 15 No
POL2046 The Economics of Politics 15 No
POL2047 American Politics 15 No
POL2050 Political Philosophy 15 No
POL2051 War and Peace in the Middle East 15 No
POL2052 Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility 15 No
POL2057 Security Studies 15 No
POL2059 Political Thought of Modernity 15 No
POL2060 Public Policy and Administration 15 No
POL2065 Environmental Politics 15 No
POL2077 Data Analysis in Social Science II 15 No
POL2079 Contemporary Public Debate in an Age of 'Anti-Politics' 15 No
POL2081 Thinking about Race: Perspectives from the Biological and Social Sciences 15 No
POL2082 The Changing Character of Warfare 15 No
POL2086 Strategy and Psychology in Foreign Policy 15 No
POL2091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
POL2094 Data Analysis in Social Science III 15 No
POL2095 From climate change to quantum theory: The future of international relations 15 No
POL2097 Behavioural Public Policy and the Nudge Agenda 15 No
POL2098 What is law? Jurisprudence from stone tablets to brain imaging 15 No
POL2099 The Politics of Social Justice 15 No
POL2100 Political Conflicts in Europe 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.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PHL3040 Philosophy Dissertation [Option 1] -OR-30No
POL3040 Dissertation [Option 2]30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Philosophy Stage 3 modules 2017-8
PHL3013 Virtues and Vices 15 No
PHL3014 Symbolic Logic 15 No
PHL3018 Sex and Death: Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology 15 No
PHL3026 Philosophy of Science 15 No
PHL3041 Feminist Philosophy 15 No
PHL3051 The Human Condition: Classic Readings in Anthropology 15 No
PHL3052 Epistemology 15 No
PHL3061 Philosophy of Law 15 No
PHL3075 Philosophical Readings 6 15 No
PHL3091 Philosophical Anthropology 30 No
PHL3096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
PHL3100 Knowledge and History: Theories of Scientific Change 15 No
PHL3108 Fundamental Ontology 15 No
PHL3110 Philosophy of Emotion 30 No
PHL3024A Philosophical Readings 3 15 No
PHL3025A Philosophical Readings 4 15 No
Politics Stage 3 modules 2017-8
POL3051 The Media in Europe 30 No
POL3054 Nuclear Weapons in International Relations 15 No
POL3057 Biopolitics 30 No
POL3069 Globalisation and the Politics of Resistance 30 No
POL3076 Research Design for Dissertation 30 No
POL3078 Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics 30 No
POL3079 Money and Policymaking in the US 30 No
POL3080 The International Politics of Religion 30 No
POL3088 Forced Migration, Refugees and International Relations 30 No
POL3091 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
POL3094 Data Analysis in Social Science III 15 No
POL3124 Anarchism and World Ordering 30 No
POL3125 The History and Political Development of Iraq 15 No
POL3126 Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies 15 No
POL3129 Politics and Reform in the Gulf 15 No
POL3132 Globalisation and Democratic Politics: the End of the Nation State? 30 No
POL3136 Political Psychology 30 No
POL3154 The Politics of Climate Change 15 No
POL3168 War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary Conflict 30 No
POL3172 Political Participation 15 No
POL3174 International Security and US Foreign Policy 30 No
POL3175 Nationalisms in the Middle East 15 No
POL3193 Women in the Criminal Justice System: Law, Policy and Institutions 30 No
POL3194 Rethinking the Politics of Communities 30 No
POL3198 Revolution and Modern Political Thought 30 No
POL3199 Images of Democracy 30 No
POL3202 China in World Affairs 30 No
POL3203 Comparative Public Opinion 30 No
POL3205 Civic Engagement 30 No
POL3206 The Political Economy of the State 30 No
POL3207 Realism in International Security 15 No
POL3208 Maritime Power and Security in Global Politics 15 No
POL3212 Developments in British Politics: From Baldwin to Brexit 30 No
POL3214 Disrupting Western Hegemony: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Post-WWII 15 No
POL3216 Democracy in the European Union 15 No
POL3089 Policy in Action 30 No
POL3180 Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections 30 No
POL3217 Feminist Political Theory 30 No
POL3218 Media and Politics 30 No
POL3219 Politics Through the Life Course 15 No
POL3220 The Politics of Democracy in Latin America 30 No
POL3120 War and Public Opinion 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. 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. POLITICS: Understand the nature and significance of politics as a human activity (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a)).
10. Apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and practices (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a)).
11. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different political systems (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a))operating at the local, national, European or international level.
12. Evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(a)).

Philosophy
In explicit terms, A1 and A2 are developed through lectures, seminars and essay work on Social Philosophy; A3 and A4 through similar methods and strategies on PHL1002A; A5 and A6 through similar methods on PHL1013; and A7 through practical exercises in PHL1005A. However, depending on the student’s chosen portfolio of modules, they will be developed, with increasing intensity as s/he progresses through the Stages, on the elective modules as well. A8 is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.

Politics
A1 and A4 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; A2 is developed through the political theory modules students are required to take in each of the three years; A3 is present in some form in all Politics modules and the specific way it is developed will depend on the choice of Politics options in the three years, which fall roughly into the categories of International Relations, British and Comparative Politics, Public Policy, and State and Society.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of the following:
Term-time essays 1-12
Oral presentations, 1-12
Examinations (and, where applicable, Research Methods Project, Dissertation work). 1-12
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:

13. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources (Philosophy benchmark 6.1.3).
14. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research (Philosophy benchmark 6.1.1).
15. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.3).
16. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
17. Think and write broadly about large themes
18. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information.
19. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.4).
20. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.3).
21. Collate data from a range of sources (Philosophy benchmark 6.2.2, see also Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(b)).
22. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
23. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work (Philosophy benchmark 6.3.6).
24. Collate data from a range of sources (Phil. 6.2.2).
25. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner (Philosophy benchmark 6.3.6).
26. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.
27. Manage their own learning self-critically (Politics benchmark 3.2(1)(b)).

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). 27 is developed through peer and self assessment of assignments, staff feedback on formative assignments, and student self-appraisal, which are used in various Politics modules.

These skills are assessed through term-time essays, assessed presentations, and examinations. 27 is not assessed (there is no requirement to do so in the Politics benchmark statement).

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. Formulate and express ideas at different levels of abstraction
35. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
36. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
37. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups
38. 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 WWW 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 34 is developed throughout the Philosophy side of the programme.

The skills in 35, 36 and 37 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.

38 is developed through the 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 all modules except dissertation.

33 is a continuous part of formative assessment.

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

35, 36 and 37 are part of formative assessment on all modules.

38 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) Philosophy and Politics

19. UCAS Code

VL52

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Philosophy
[Honours] Politics and international relations

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2000

Date of last revision

19/04/2012