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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) History and Geography

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Politics, History and International Relations
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)/BA (Hons)+DPS/BA (Hons)+DIntS
Programme title History and Geography
Programme code EUUB07
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 semesters (three year programme), 8 semesters (four year programme) or 6 semesters plus one academic year (four-year thick sandwich programme)
UCAS code VF18
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/phir/historyandgeography/

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:55:58 GMT

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with an intellectually-stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both History and Geography.
  • To encourage a sense of enthusiasm for History and Geography; to foster critical, creative and independent thinking; and to develop a sensitive and disciplined approach.
  • To stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in both subjects.
  • To develop competence and practical skills which are transferable to a wide range of professions and employment as well as life experiences.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • QAA History Benchmark Statement
  • QAA Geography Benchmark Statement

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader framework of the social sciences and humanities;
  • the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of texts, other sources and data;

and within the History portion of the programme:

  • past societies and historical processes over a chronological and geographical range;
  • the use of primary evidence in historical argument;
  • History as an academic discipline, its schools of interpretations, and the variety of methodological approaches and theoretical foundations;

and within the Geography portion of the programme:

  • a range of environments, in the broadest sense, of environmental processes and the impacts of these processes on human activities and vice versa;
  • the ways in which representations and interpretations of the world are socially-constructed, and the forms of geographical difference;
  • the determinants of temporal and spatial variation in the physical, social, economic and political worlds; and the significance of spatial and temporal scale on physical processes, human processes and on their interactions;
  • past patterns of environmental and social changes, and of the processes and conditions that have determined those changes, and the implications for the future.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a reflexive approach to learning;
  2. abstract and synthesise information;
  3. assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments;
  4. critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including texts, other sources and data;
  5. undertake problem-solving and decision-making;
  6. develop a reasoned argument;
  7. solve problems with imagination and creativity;

additionally, within the History portion of the programme:

  1. appreciate the complexities and diversity of past events and mentalities;
  2. show a critical awareness of the problems inherent in historical sources and in interpreting the past;

and within the Geography portion of the programme:

  1.  recognise and critically debate the moral and ethical issues underpinning particular geographical debates or enquiries;
  2.  appreciate the importance of geographical scale to understanding physical, natural and social environments.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. combine and interpret different types of evidence;
  2. design and execute a piece of research and produce a report;

additionally, within the History portion of the programme:

  1. present cogent and persuasive arguments in oral, written and practical form;
  2. critically assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral, written and performed communications;
  3. locate and retrieve information using a variety of research methods;

additionally, within the Geography portion of the programme:

  1. undertake safe and effective field and laboratory work;
  2. employ a range of survey skills for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data and to use appropriate methods for the analysis of these data;
  3. prepare effective maps and diagrams using a range of appropriate technologies.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have:

  1. Verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Numeracy and computational skills.
  3. Field and laboratory skills.
  4. Spatial awareness and observational skills.
  5. IT and information handling and retrieval.
  6. Independent study and group work.
  7. Time management
  8. Creativity and intellectual maturity. 

4. Programme structure

(1)       Modules with a total modular weight of 60 must be studied in each academic year (Parts A, B and C) from both History and Geography.

(2)       Candidates must take at least 20 credits in History and 20 credits in Geography in each Semester.

(3)       Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part with a minimum module weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.

 

(A)       Part A - Introductory Modules

History Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

10

EUA701       

 Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present   

 20

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES None

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA704

What is History?

10

EUA703 

Modern World History: New Perspectives

20

                   

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES None

Geography Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Module Code

Module Title                                                

Module weight

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

10

GYA007

Cartography and Digital Mapping

10

GYA101

Earth System Science

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

None

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

GYA003

Quantitative Methods in Geography

10

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

10

GYA110     

Environmental Hazards: from mitigation to management

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

None

(B)       Part B - Degree Modules

History Component

History modules that have a 20-credit weighting may only be taken as a 10- credit module if taken in combination with EUB708 Crafting a Dissertation.

 Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None. 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB704

Modern South Asia: Politics, Society & Culture (20 credit)

 20

EUB705

Modern South Asia: Politics, Society & Culture (10 credit)

10

EUB702

Cold War Europe (20 credit)

20

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 credit)

10

EUB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective (20 credit)

20

EUB715

Modern China in a Global Perspective (10 credit)

10

 

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB708

Crafting a Dissertation

10

EUB706

Twentieth-Century Britain (20 credit)

20

EUB707

Twentieth-Century Britain (10 credit)

10

EUB712    

Modern Germany: From Racial Dictatorship to Recivilization (20 credit)               

20 

EUB713  

Modern Germany: From Racial Dictatorship to Recivilization (10 credit)                        

10 

EUB718

The Russian Empire (20 credit)

20

EUB719  

The Russian Empire (10 credit)

10

                                 

Geography Component

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)        COMPULSORY MODULES

None

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2, of which a minimum of 40 must be from Group 1 (20 if GYB327 is selected).  Fieldcourse modules GYB328 and GYB901 in Group 2 are mutually exclusive.

Geography – Group 1 

Module Code

Module Title

    Module Weight

GYB210

Globalization

20

GYB220

Geographies of Social Difference 

 20

GYB230

Earth Surfaces Processes and Landforms

20

GYB240 Environmental Systems and Resource Management 20
GYB327 Geographical Research: Design and Practice 20

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Geography – Group 2

Module Code

Module Title

   Module Weight

GYB113

Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation

 10

GYB311

River Ecology

10

GYB322

Lake System Dynamics

10

GYB328

Physical Geography Fieldcourse

20

GYB901

Urban Geography Fieldcourse – Paris

20

 

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES None 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Geography – Group 2

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

GYB110

Sustainable Urban Geographies

10

GYB201

Remote Sensing & GIS

10

GYB308

Forest Ecology

10

GYB320

Global Migration

10

GYB400

Exploring the Ice Ages

10

 

(C)  Part I

Candidates following the four-year programmefollow an approved course of study at a foreign university where teaching is in English leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. 

Candidates following the four-year thick sandwich programme are required to spend the third academic year (Part I) undertaking an approved placement in the UK or abroad leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1. Participation in a placement is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

 

(D) Part C - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

 Candidates must take EITHER the EUC701 Dissertation in History OR GYC400 Geography Dissertation. The modular weight of  EUC701 Dissertation in History may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:20 or 10:30 or 30:10 depending on the balance of other modular weights selected. The modular weight of GYC400 Geography Dissertation may be split between semesters in the ratio of either 20:10 or 10:20 depending on the balance of other modular weights selected, resulting in registration of not more that 70 credits or less than 50 credits in any one Semester. 

History Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose History modules to the value of 60 credits the following list:

Semester 1

 

 Module Code

 Module Title

 Module Weight

EUC702

Muslim Lives: Autobiography, History and Identity

20

EUC710

Strange it must appear...Travellers and circumnavigators of the Globe, 18th and 19th centuries

20

EUC711   

China in Global Media Networks: A Media History of the Boxer Ward 1900-2000                                           

20

 

        

Semester 2

   

 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUC703

The Beatles and the 1960s

20

EUC705

The Rise of the Nazis

20

Candidates who have chosen to take EUC701 Dissertation in History (40 credits) must take a further 20 credits of History optional modules. Candidates who have chosen GYC400 Geography Dissertation must choose 60 credits of History optional modules.

Geography Component

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose a combined modular weight of 60 from Geography modules over semesters 1 and 2. GYC400 and GYC401 (instances 1 & 2) are mutually exclusive, as are GYC400 and fieldcourse modules GYC308, GYC903 and GYC908.

Semester 1

Module Code

 Module Title

 Module Weight

GYC104

Quaternary Environments

10

GYC107

Regional Geography of the UK

20

GYC208

Aeolian Processes and Landforms

20

GYC211

Snow, Ice and Environment

10

GYC212

Globaised Urbanisation

20

GYC214

Geographies of Children and Youth

10

GYC309

Feminist Geographies of Home

10

GYC401  

Independent Geographical Essay (instance 1)               

20

GYC903

Alpine Studies Fieldcourse – Arolla, Switzerland

20

 

Semester 2

Module Code

 Module Title

 Module Weight

GYC200 Conservation: Principles and Practice 10
GYC205 Central America: Dependency and Development 10
GYC110 GIS and Flood Risk Management 10
GYC300 River Dynamics and the Environment                             10

GYC308

Global Cities Fieldcourse – New York                              20
GYC315 Environmental Change and Ecological Response 10
GYC401 Independent Geographical Essay (instance 2)                20
GYC908 Mediterranean Rural Spaces Fieldcourse - Crete      20
GYC325 Geographies of Transnational Imobility and Diaspora 20

 

                

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but must also achieve a module mark of at least 30% in all modules in each Part.

5.2  Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of reassessment in any Part of the programme to undergo re-assessment in the University's special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40%, Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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