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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) History and Politics

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 Politics
Programme code EUUB05
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 VL1F
Admissions criteria

 

 

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:30:55 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 Politics.
  • To encourage a sense of enthusiasm for History and Politics; 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 Politics portion of the programme:

  • how peoples, ideas and institutions interact and how values and resources are allocated through government and society;
  • related questions of power, conflict, justice, order, legitimacy and decision-making;
  • approaches derived from 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 Politics portion of the programme: 

  1.  describe, evaluate and, where appropriate, critique political events, ideas and institutions;
  1. relate theory and political analysis to questions of ethical, moral and public concern.
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 Politics.  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 nternational 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 Politics in each academic year.

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

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

Politics 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)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

Either

 

 

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

EUA613

Political Ideologies

20

EUA619

Analysing Current Issues in Politics and International Relations

10

Or, for candidates taking a Language Option

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

EUA614

Political Ideologies

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 credits)

20

EUB715 Modern China in a Global Perspective (10 credits) 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

 

Language Option

10

 

Politics Component

Semester 1

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

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB605

Political Analysis

10

EUB628

Political Thought: Text and Analysis (20 credit)

 20

Or, for candidates taking a Language Option:

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB605

Political Analysis

10

EUB629

Political Thought: Text and Analysis (10 credit)

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULE

                                    Language Option                                                10

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB604

Comparative European Politics

 20

  

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB 608

Research Design

10

EUB627

French Politics 

10

 

Language option

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 Politics 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

EUB709

Crafting a Dissertation (Distance Learning)

10

EUB614

Research Design (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 EUC640

Dissertation in Politics. 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 EUC640 Dissertation in Politics must choose 60 credits of History optional modules.

Politics Component

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

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

Semester 1

Module Code

 ModuleTitle

 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

EUC674

Power, Violence and Human Suffering

20

EUC669

The Left in France

20

     
Semester Two    

 

Module Code

 

ModuleTitle

 

Module Weight

EUC609

Spanish-Latin American Relations

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 EUC640 Dissertation in Politics (40 credits) must take a further 20 credits of Politics optional modules. Students who have chosen EUC701 Dissertation in History must choose 60 credits of Politics 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 also achieve a module mark of at least 30% in all modules in each Part.

5.2 Re-assessment

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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