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Programme Specification for the 2020/1 academic year

BA (Hons) Sociology and European Cultural Studies (4-year)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Sociology and European Cultural Studies (4-year) Programme codeUFA4HPSSML42
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2020/1
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2019

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Sociology and European Cultural Studies (4-year) programme is not available for direct application; it is only available as an exit route from the BA Sociology and Modern Languages following failure of one of the non-condonable Study or Work Abroad modules, SML3010, SML3020, or SML3025 at stage 3.

This programme will give you a thorough grounding in the main themes and methods of two progressive disciplines, Sociology and Modern Languages. This Combined Honours degree enables you to divide your time equally between these related subject areas. While at the University of Exeter, you will study half of your modules from the BA Modern Languages programme and the other half from Sociology.

In studying Sociology you’ll develop an understanding of the contemporary world, human behaviour and the forces shaping society. You’ll examine social, political, historical, cultural and economic issues and study topics as diverse as class and social inequality, health and disability, globalisation, crime, countercultures, family life, gender and the development of cities.

The Modern Languages side of the programme offers choice between the study of one of seven major languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish), taught by experienced language specialists including native speakers and academic staff at the cutting edge of research in their particular discipline. Progression through the programme will combine the acquisition of language with the study of the literature, history, film and linguistics of the language disciplines as well as advanced translation practice. You will develop a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking your selected language, providing you with valued skills for future careers. A carefully arranged choice of modules enables you to focus more towards language skills or to learn about the society in which a particular language is spoken. These cultural modules cover topics as broad as history, politics, philosophy, literature and cinema; they complement the language study within the programme and further ground your understanding of the language of your choice.

As a whole, BA Sociology & Modern Languages offers you a coherent programme of study, balancing core elements with a choice of specialist topics to suit your individual aspirations and requirements.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme aims to develop your competence in the subject-specific and research skills required in both Sociology and Modern Languages, through extended engagement with your chosen languages and through relevant methodological, critical and theoretical contexts. As you progress through the programme, you will acquire a thorough grounding in the core principles of Sociology and Modern Languages through study which engages you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analyzing language, culture and Sociology. In Modern Languages modules, you will train towards a high level of proficiency in reading, speaking, writing and listening, with the aim of enabling you to communicate readily in personal and professional arenas. Sociology modules are specially designed to help you develop an understanding of how societies, institutions and practices came into being, how they work and might change in the future. This highly relevant discipline is particularly concerned with social transformation and in developing an insight into the major challenges facing contemporary society. Sociology and Modern Languages offer detailed subject knowledge, broad coverage and a wide range of choice.

You will also acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring of your progress. You will also be able to develop your independent study skills through individual research.

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in these or in related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject-specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. Sociology and Modern Languages encourage you to become a global citizen, a questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including Translation, Museums, Consultancy, Market Research, the Civil Service, Education, Teaching, New Media Industries, Journalism and Publishing, Research, Charities, Information Science, Advertising and Public Relations.

4. Programme Structure

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.

You may take optional 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. You are expected to balance your credits in each stage of the programme, taking 60 credits from Sociology, and 60 credits from Modern Languages.

The College of Humanities, however, takes the view that in Combined Honours programmes you would be incapable of reaching a satisfactory standard in the chosen language if you took fewer than 60 credits per year in it. Accordingly you may not exercise the modularity option in Modern Languages (modularity is where you are permitted to take elective modules from other disciplines that are not included in the programme specification). However, it would be possible for you in certain cases, to exercise the right from the Sociology side of your programme alone.

At stages 1, 2 and 4, you will take one compulsory language module amounting to 30 credits in total. At stage 3, you will spend a year abroad in one of the following ways:

  • on an Erasmus/Socrates exchange or other approved programme of study;
  • as an Assistant in a school under the scheme arranged by the British Council;
  • in approved paid or voluntary employment.

The year may be spent either in one country where a language of study is spoken or, if suitable arrangements can be made, divided between two countries. Exceptionally, other arrangements may be approved by the Director of Education. On the year abroad you are required either to take a compulsory module which tests your language acquisition, your intercultural competence and develops employability skills and environmental awareness, or, if you study at a University on an Erasmus exchange you will be assessed on the basis of the marks obtained at the host university and an oral examination held on your return to Exeter.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory Sociology modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language and 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language.

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

a select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

b select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; on the Modern Languages side of your programme, you may select a maximum of 15 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules for the year. Please note that certain modules may only be available to students on Single Honours programmes, or to students who have taken a particular language module. This information will be given in the pre-requisites or co-requisites section of the relevant module descriptor. Please note for students of Modern Languages Portuguese (Single Honours or Combined Honours) MLP1002 is compulsory. For FLC students or other non-Modern Language students, it remains optional

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC1019 Contemporary Society: Themes and Perspectives 15No
SOC1020 Contemporary Society: Field and Case Studies 15No
SOC1048 Social Analysis I 15No
SOC1049 Social Analysis II 15No
MLX S1 BA comp language 2020-1 [See note a above]
MLF1001 French Language 30 Yes
MLF1052 French Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLG1001 German Language 30 Yes
MLG1052 German Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLI1001 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLI1052 Italian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLM1052 Beginners Chinese 30 Yes
MLP1052 Portuguese Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLR1001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLR1030 Russian Language for Beginners 30 Yes
MLS1001 Spanish Language 30 Yes
MLS1056 Spanish Language for Beginners 30 Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S1 BA French opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLF1014 Love and Death in French Culture 15 No
MLF1015 War and Conflict in French Literature 15 No
MLF1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No
MLF1103 The French Language, Present and Past 15 No
MLF1105 An Introduction to French Thought 15 No
MLF1121 French Visual History 15 No
SML1105 Reason and Existence: An Introduction to French Thought 15 No
SML1015 War And Conflict In French Literature 15 No
MLX S1 BA German opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1018 Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film 15 No
MLG1020 Made in Germany: the History and Culture of a Global Brand 15 No
MLX S1 BA Italian opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15 No
MLI1055 Introduction to Italian Linguistics 15 No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15 No
MLX S1 BA Chinese opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
MLM1012 Modern China, a Brief History: 18th to 20th Century 15 No
MLX S1 BA Portuguese opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15 No
MLP1003 Language Encounters in the Portuguese-speaking World 15 No
MLX S1 BA Russian opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLR1005 Chekhov's Major Plays 15 No
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15 No
MLX S1 BA Spanish opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
MLS1016 Gender Perspectives 15 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
MLS1065 The Making of Modern Spain 15 No
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15 No
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
MLX S1 BA ML opt 2020-1 [See note b above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15 No
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
SML1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
SML1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

Stage 2


45 credits of compulsory modules in Sociology, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language, 15 credits of optional modules in Sociology and 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language.

Subject to selecting 120 credits in the stage overall, you must:

c select 45 credits of compulsory modules in Sociology.

d select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

e select 15 credits of optional modules in Sociology

f select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; on the Modern Languages side of your programme, you may select a maximum of 15 credits of either the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year. It is your ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit responsibility to count.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC2004 Into the Field [See note c above]15No
SOC2005 Theoretical Sociology [See note c above]30No
MLX S2 BA comp language 2020-1 [See note d above]
MLF2001 French Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLF2152 Intermediate French 30 Yes
MLG2001 German Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLG2052 Intermediate German 30 Yes
MLI2001 Italian Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLI2051 Italian Language 30 Yes
MLM2052 Intermediate Chinese (One) 30 Yes
MLP2052 Intermediate Portuguese 30 Yes
MLR2001 Contemporary Russian Written and Oral I 30 Yes
MLR2030 Intermediate Russian 30 Yes
MLS2001 Spanish Language, Written and Oral 30 Yes
MLS2156 Spanish Language (ex-beginners) 30 Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC S2 BA Sociology SH opt 2019-0 [See note e above]
SOC2038 On Violence 15 No
SOC2034 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC2014 Media in Society 15 No
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC2035 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC2009 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15 No
SOC2036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC2084 Ethnomusicology 15 No
SOC2085 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control 15 No
SOC2087 Disability and Society 15 No
SOC2086 Addiction 30 No
SOC2088 Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society 15 No
SOC2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC2097 Environment and Society 15 No
SOC2098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15 No
SOC2101 Police and Policing 15 No
SOC2103 Senses and Society 15 No
SOC2104 Victimology 15 No
SOC2107 Culture and Wellbeing 15 No
SOC2039 Sociology of Family and Gender 15 No
SOC2105 Contemporary Capitalism, Critique and Resistance 15 No
SOC2114 Anthropology of the State 15 No
SOC2115 Deception 15 No
SOC2052 Environments in Public 15 No
SOC2037 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC2116 Sociology and Demography of Religion 15 No
SOC2119 Introduction to Critical Theory 15 No
SOC2112 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 30 No
SSI2006 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SSI2007 Data Analysis in Social Science 3 15 No
MLX S2 BA French opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLF2003 Freedom and French Realism 15 No
MLF2012 Evolution of the French Language 15 No
MLF2029 Varieties of French 15 No
MLF2056 Provoking Thoughts - French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century 15 No
MLF2065 Contemporary French Film: Issues and Debates 15 No
MLF2066 Intimate Spaces of the French Enlightenment 15 No
MLF2071 'Paris je t'aime': Writing the City 15 No
MLF2075 Rap ta France: Narratives of National Identity in French Rap 15 No
MLX S1 BA German opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
MLG1017 Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000 15 No
MLG1018 Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film 15 No
MLG1020 Made in Germany: the History and Culture of a Global Brand 15 No
MLX S1 BA Italian opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLI1016 Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy 15 No
MLI1055 Introduction to Italian Linguistics 15 No
MLI1121 A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy 15 No
MLX S1 BA Chinese opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLM1010 China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments 15 No
MLM1012 Modern China, a Brief History: 18th to 20th Century 15 No
MLX S1 BA Portuguese opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLP1002 Introduction to the Lusophone World 15 No
MLP1003 Language Encounters in the Portuguese-speaking World 15 No
MLX S1 BA Russian opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLR1005 Chekhov's Major Plays 15 No
MLR1023 Russia: Empire and Identity 15 No
MLX S1 BA Spanish opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
MLS1016 Gender Perspectives 15 No
MLS1064 An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context 15 No
MLS1065 The Making of Modern Spain 15 No
MLS1066 The Making of Modern Latin America: History Through Literature and Culture 15 No
MLS1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
MLX S1 BA ML opt 2020-1 [See note f above]
SML1207 Introduction to Film 15 No
SML1067 Ideology in the Hispanic World 15 No
SML1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
SML1017 The Making of Modern France 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

g You must take one of these modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX S3 BA comp year abroad 2020-1 [See note g above]
SML3010 Work and Study Abroad 120 Yes
SML3020 Study Abroad at a Partner University (with Assessment in the Foreign Language) 120 Yes
SML3025 Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad 120 Yes
Total Credits for Stage 3

Stage 4


60 credits of optional Sociology modules, 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language and 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language

Subject to selecting 120 credits in the stage you must:

h select 30 credits of compulsory modules in your chosen language.

i select 60 credits of option modules in Sociology.

j select 30 credits of optional modules consisting of content related to your chosen language; you may select a maximum of 15 credits of the SML- or HUM-coded modules listed below for the year, these are additional to SML3015. You may, alternatively, take SML3030. Please note you may only select one dissertation module across the two programmes. It is your responsibility to ensure that credit for SML modules can be counted towards the language of your study, where this is necessary for your credit count.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MLX SF BA comp language 2020-1 [See note h above]
MLF3111 Advanced French Language Skills 30 No
MLG3111 Advanced German Language Skills 30 No
MLI3111 Advanced Italian Language Skills 30 No
MLM3111 Advanced Chinese Language Skills 30 No
MLP3111 Advanced Portuguese Language Skills 30 No
MLR3111 Advanced Russian Language Skills 30 No
MLS3111 Advanced Spanish Language Skills 30 No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
SOC SF BA Sociology SH opt 2019-0 [See note i above]
SOC3002 On Violence 15 No
SOC3013 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC3028 Media in Society 15 No
SOC3030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC3034 International Criminal Justice: Comparative Criminology 15 No
SOC3035 Deviance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 15 No
SOC3036 International Criminal Justice: Application of Theory to Transnational and International Crime 15 No
SOC3084 Ethnomusicology 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
SOC3096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC3097 Environment and Society 15 No
SOC3098 Sociology of Imprisonment 15 No
SOC3101 Police and Policing 15 No
SOC3103 Senses and Society 15 No
SOC3104 Victimology 15 No
SOC3107 Culture and Wellbeing 15 No
SOC3108 Sociology of Family and Gender 15 No
SOC3109 Contemporary Capitalism, Critique and Resistance 15 No
SOC3111 Evidence-Based Policing 15 No
SOC3112 Introduction to Terrorism Studies 30 No
SOC3114 Anthropology of the State 15 No
SOC3115 Deception 15 No
SOC3117 Environments in Public 15 No
SOC3080 Pharmaceutical Cultures 15 No
SOC3118 Sociology and Demography of Religion 15 No
SOC3119 Introduction to Critical Theory 15 No
SPA3001 Debates, Issues and Practices 15 No
SSI3002 Immigration in Western Societies 15 No
SSI3003 Data Analysis in Social Science 3 15 No
MLX SF BA French opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLF3006 The Invention of Modern Love 15 No
MLF3034 Sociolinguistics of French 15 No
MLF3046 Dialectology in France 15 No
MLF3050 Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court 15 No
MLF3069 Writing Women and Strange Monsters 15 No
MLF3073 Proust's a la Recherche du Temps Perdu 15 No
MLF3075 First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature 15 No
MLF3078 Philosophers, Prophets, and Mystics in French Culture 15 No
MLF3080 Les Miserables from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day 15 No
MLX SF BA German opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLG3036 Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria 15 No
MLG3037 Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years 15 No
MLG3039 What Did the German Kaiserreich Do for Us? Questions to a New Nation (1870-1914) 15 No
MLG3040 Sex, Sciences and the Arts 15 No
MLX SF BA Italian opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLI3028 Italian Varieties and Dialects 15 No
MLI3029 Italian Film Through Stardom 15 No
MLI3199 Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend 15 No
MLX SF BA Chinese opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLM3009 China through the Lens: Cultural Translation and Self-Presentation 15 No
MLX SF BA Portuguese opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLP3002 Afro-Brazil: Ideas of Africa in Brazilian Fiction 15 No
MLP3005 Changing voices: tracing the development of Portuguese over time 15 No
MLX SF BA Russian opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLR3019 Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin 15 No
MLR3026 The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature 15 No
MLR3027 The Making of Underground Russia, 1825-1917 15 No
MLX SF BA Spanish opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
MLS3037 Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain 15 No
MLS3057 Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America 15 No
MLS3065 Spain and 1898: from Disaster to Modernity 15 No
MLS3066 Almodovar's Spain: Cinema and Society 15 No
MLS3067 "Monster of Nature and Phoenix of Wits." An Introduction to the Work of Lope de Vega 15 No
MLS3068 Staging Conflicts: Spanish Romantic Drama 15 No
SML3031 Advanced Translation Skills 15 No
MLX SF BA ML opt 2020-1 [See note j above]
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
SML3013 Through the Language Lens: the Relationship between Language, Culture and the Mind 15 No
SML3015 Dissertation 15 No
SML3030 Extended Dissertation 30 No
SML3036 Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema 15 No
SML3040 Women in Translation: Gender and Publishing in the 21st Century 15 No
SML3041 Green Matters in Modern Languages and Cultures 15 No
SML3042 Transcultural Devon: Creating, Analysing and Subtitling Interviews in the Context of Migration 15 No
HUM3002 Aliens Abroad: Science Fiction in Global Literature 15 No
HUM3015 The Place of Meaning: Gardens in Britain and China 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 4

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 (sociology benchmark 6.3.3).
4. Ability to conceptualise social, psychological and personal issues in a specifically sociological manner (sociology benchmark 6.1.8).
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the social organisation, economy and cosmology of a range of societies (sociology benchmark 6.2.1).
6. Show knowledge of some of the main challenges in obtaining and conveying information about a range of societies (sociology 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.
8. Demonstrate a high level of competence (written and oral, active and passive) in the chosen language.
9. Show wide-ranging knowledge of the history and culture of the relevant country or countries and an understanding of their contribution to western culture as a whole.
10. Show awareness of the linguistic, literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which texts, films and so forth are produced and read.
11. Show awareness of how language produces and reflects cultural change and difference.
12. Achieve a level of knowledge and competence commensurate with national Modern Languages benchmarks
13. Four year programme: Show ability to use the target language to undertake and present the results of an extended project, while living and working in the target-language environment

This skill is developed on all sociology modules, and is a core aim of the sociology side of the programme, especially on SOC1048 and SOC1049.

2-4. These skills are developed initially through lectures, seminars and essay work for SOC1048, SOC1049, SOC1019, SOC1020, SOC2005 and are developed further on subsequent modules.

5-6 These skills are developed through similar methods on SOC1048, SOC1049, and further developed on subsequent modules. 7. This skill is developed through the optional modules taken. The level of competence expected of students intensifies at each stage of the programme.
8. This skill is developed through the core modules on written and oral language work. This is achieved through a combination of written work (essay-writing, translation and comprehension of texts in a variety of styles and registers) and oral practice (classes in small groups with native speakers). Core language modules at Stage 1 include an introduction to language-learning strategies, with subsequent stages requiring you to make systematic use of the self-access material available in the library, in the Foreign Language Centre, and via web-based resources. Language modules at each stage use authentic materials in the chosen language/s, both written (texts in a variety of styles and registers) and spoken (oral classes with native speakers, together with use of TV and the electronic media). These forms of target-language material are used in a variety of ways, including reading or listening comprehension, translation, and production of related material in the chosen language/s through exercises such as summarising, essay-writing and oral presentations. Instruction is reinforced by regular formative assessment. Formal grammar is usually taught, both in seminars and through guided study of a textbook, at a level appropriate to each stage of the programmes and to level of achievement at the outset of the programme.

9-11. These skills are developed through the optional modules taken.

12. All modules contribute to the development of this skill.

13 is developed through the year abroad.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of term-time essays, ILOs 1-12
oral presentations, ILOs 1-13
and examinations ILOS 1-12
(and, where applicable, Research Methods Project , Dissertation work).

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:

14. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources
15. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research.
16. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages.
17. Show awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
18. Think and write broadly about large themes
19. Use library and the world-wide web to find appropriate and relevant information
20. Develop and deploy argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence.
21. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, empirical evidence.
22. Collate data from a range of sources.
23. Produce accurate reference to sources in written work.
24. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work
25. Present work and answer questions orally.
26. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner
27. Assimilate and analyse the structure of a foreign language
28. Analyse texts (including where appropriate non-literary texts and other media, e.g. film) taking account of their cultural, historical and generic contexts, and articulate one's understanding orally and in writing.
29. Show receptiveness to a foreign culture and ability to see the relativity of one's own cultural perspective.
30. Four year programme: Show ability to plan and manage his/her own language learning through an extended period of independent study

ILOs 14-30 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, language classes, written work (including translation work), and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

ILOs 14-30 are assessed through term-time essays, language tests, assessed presentations, 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:

31. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
32. Use a word processor and the world-wide web to a high standard.
33. Digest, select and organise material for written work and oral presentations, and write to varying word lengths.
34. Evaluate own work.
35. Sit timed examinations of a challenging nature.
36. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
37. Work with others as part of a team on challenging material.
38. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
39. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
40. Communicate and argue effectively, both orally and in writing.
41. Express and defend opinions on a wide range of current and abstract issues.
42. Advance linguistic competence independently.
43. If taking Sociology Project and/or Dissertation in either subject: Plan the execution of demanding work over a very long time scale.
44. (4-year programme only): Show ability to adapt to the culture and working practices of a foreign country.

31. This skill is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme.

32. This skill is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through the requirement on students to use the WWW for bibliographical searches.

33. This skill is developed through essay and presentation work throughout the programme.

34. This skill 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.

35. This skill is developed through practice: at all stages, students are partly assessed by timed, unseen examinations.

36. This skill is developed through seminars, which form the whole or part basis of all modules.

Skills 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41 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.

42. This skill is developed through oral and written work on the core language modules.

43. This skill is developed through the through the Dissertation, which has a single end of year deadline.

44 is developed through the year abroad.

Skills in 31, 32 and 33 are assessed in all modules.

Skill 33 is covered by the fact that students write essays, which are formatively and summatively assessed, of differing lengths and in the Dissertation. 

Skill 34 is assessed implicitly throughout, and is aided by the student Self-Appraisal exercise conducted in the inter-semester week in Spring Term.

35. Timed examinations are used in all modules except SOC2004 and the dissertation.

Skill 36 is a continuous part of formative assessment.

The skills in 37, 38 and 39 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.

Skills 40-42 form the basis of assessment in the core language modules, building in complexity as the student progresses through the programme.

Skill 43 is covered by the Dissertation.

Skill 44 is assessed by the 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)

College of Humanities (CHUM)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Sociology and European Cultural Studies (4-year)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Languages and related studies
[Honours] Sociology

23. Dates

Origin Date

23/08/2019

Date of last revision

18/09/2020