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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) History and International Relations

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)+DIntS/BA (Hons)+DPS
Programme title History and International Relations
Programme code EUUB06
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). The three-year programme allows,, at Part B (Semester Two) for a course of study to be taught in English at a foreign University.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:52:11 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with an intellectually-stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both History and International Relations.
  • To encourage a sense of enthusiasm for History and International Relations; 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 Subject Benchmarking Statement - History
  • QAA Subject Benchmarking Statement – Politics and International Relations

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 International Relations portion of the programme:

  • how states, international organisations and other transnational actors interact (both cooperatively and conflictually) within regional and global arenas;
  • related questions of power, conflict, justice, order, legitimacy, decision-making and governance at the global and regional levels
  • approaches derived from international political theory and political analysis;
  • appropriate research methods and methodologies and how to apply these.

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;

and 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;
  3. solve problems with imagination and creativity;

and within the International Relations portion of the programme: 

  1. describe, evaluate and, where appropriate, critique political events, ideas and institutions operating at regional and global levels of analysis;
  2. relate theory and political analysis to questions of ethical, moral and public concern at regional and global levels of analysis. 
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  1. locate and retrieve information using a variety of research methods;
  2. select, combine, and interpret different types of source material;
  3. recognise and critically debate moral and ethical issues underpinning particular debates or enquiries;
  4. deploy bibliographic skills including accuracy in the citation of sources and the use of proper conventions in the presentation of scholarly work;
  5. present cogent and persuasive arguments in oral, written and practical form;
  6. undertake independent learning and research
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have developed skills in the areas of communication, presentations, self-organisation, working with others and time-management, and gained experience of using information and communication technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information.

4. Programme structure

(1)       Modules with a total modular weight of at least 50 must be studied in each academic year (Parts A, B and C) from both History and International Relations. Candidates may take 20 credits of Language Options in each Part: candidates choose 10-credit modules derived from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Candidates who do not take Language Options must study a total module weight of 60 from both History and International Relations.

(2)       Candidates must take at least 20 credits in History and 20 credits in International Relations 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.

 Part I  

 Candidates following the four-year programme are required to undertake an academic year abroad (Part I) which occurs between Part B and Part C at a French-, German- or Spanish-speaking university, following an approved course of study leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1. Candidates may also follow 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) EITHER undertaking an approved Assistantship at a school or other approved placement in a French-, German- or Spanish-speaking country, leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1, OR undertaking an approved placement in the UK or abroad leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1. Participation in study abroad or a placement is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

 

(A)       Part A - Introductory Modules

History Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20 or 30)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies 

 10

Either

 

EUA701

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present

 20

 
 
Or, for candidates choosing a Language Option
 

EUA702

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present

 10


(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

Language Option                                         10

 

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

 

International Relations Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA601

Contemporary World Arena

20

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

None

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30 or 40)

Either

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA613

Political Ideologies

20

EUA617

Approaches to International Relations

10

EUA619

Analysing Issues in Political and International Relations

10


Or, for candidates taking a Language Option

 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA614

Political Ideologies

10

EUA617

Approaches to International Relations

10

EUA619

Analysing Current Issues in Politics and International Relations

10

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

 

Language Option

10

 

(B)       Part B - Degree Modules

EITHER – Standard Route

Candidates must choose either EUB608 Research Design or EUB708 Crafting a Dissertation in Semester Two.

 

History Component

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 

EUB708

Module Title 

Crafting a Dissertation

Module Weight 

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

 

Language Option

10

 

International Relations Component

Semester 1

Either

(i)        COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40 or 30)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB601

The European Union

20

EUB605

Political Analysis

10

EUB626

Debates and Developments in Contemporary IR Theory

                  10

 Or, for candidates taking a Language Option or The International Semester 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight 

EUB605

Political Analysis

10

EUB625

The European Union (10 credit)

10

EUB626

Debates and Developments in Contemporary IR Theory

10

(ii)        OPTIONAL MODULE

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

 

Language Option 

 10

 

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Either

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB612

Foreign Policy Analysis

20

Or, for candidates taking EUB608 Research Design

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB621

 Foreign Policy Analysis (10 credit)

10

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB608

Research Design

10

OR - International Semester Route

Candidates may replace the modules required for Part B Semester Two with an approved course of study taught in English at a foreign university. Candidates must register for a total of 60 credits in History and International

Relations in Semester 1.  In Semester 2 candidates will undertake assessed work equivalent to 60 credits, as follows:

(i) COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 50)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB001

International Semester

50

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULE (total modular weight 10)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB614

Research Design (Distance Learning)

10

EUB709 

Crafting a Dissertation (Distance Learning)

10

 

(C)  Part I

i) Four Year Programme – candidates will undertake assessed work leading to the Diploma of International Studies (DINTS)

ii) Four Year Thick Sandwich Programme (DINTS route) – candidates will undertake an approved Assistantship in a French-, German- or Spanish-speaking school or other approved placement leading to the Diploma of International Studies (DINTS) 

iii) Four Year Thick Sandwich Programme (DPS route) – candidates will undertake an approved placement leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) 

Participation in study abroad or a placement is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.  Students choosing to study on the Semester Abroad will only be allowed to take the Year Abroad in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.

(D) Part C - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 and 2

DISSERTATION MODULES (total modular weight 40 credits)

Candidates must take EITHER EUC701 Dissertation in History OR EUC641 Dissertation in International Relations. The modular weight of either Dissertation may be split between semesters in the ratio of 20:20, 10:30 or 30:10 depending on the balance of the other modules selected, resulting in registration of not more than 70 credits or less than 50 credits in any one Semester.

 

History Component 

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose History modules to the value of 60 credits from 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

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. Students who have chosen EUC641 Dissertation in International Relations must choose 60 credits of History optional modules.

 

International Relations Component

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose International Relations modules to the value of 60 credits from the following list:

Semester 1

   

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUC602

Nationalism

20

EUC604

State Violence and Terrorism

20

EUC607 

 The European Union and the United States

 20 

EUC621

Germany in Europe

20

EUC627

Intelligence and National Security

20

EUC628

The Asia Pacific in Global Politics

20

EUC631

Yugoslavia: Its 20th Century

20

EUC662

Migration, Immigration and the UK Today

20

EUC669

The Left in France

20

EUC674 Power, Violence and Human Suffering  20

  

Semester Two

 

 

 Module Code

 ModuleTitle

 Module Weight

EUC609

Spanish-Latin American Relations

20

EUC629

South African Politics and Society: Stability and Crisis

20

EUC658 

Art, Politics and Society

20

EUC660

Contemporary Political Philosophy

20

EUC664    

Politics and Religion   

20

EUC665

Post-War British Politics: The Start of the Decline

20

EUC668 The Politics and Foreign Policies of the Nordic Countries 20
EUC672 The European Union and the Global Political Economy 20

  

Candidates who have chosen to take EUC641 Dissertation in International Relations (40 credits) must take a further 20 credits of International Relations optional modules. Students who have chosen EUC701 Dissertation in History must choose 60 credits of International Relations optional modules.

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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