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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Politics with a Minor Subject

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 Politics with a Minor Subject
Programme code EUUB03
Length of programme
UCAS code L200
Admissions criteria

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. 

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:44:10 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide teaching that is informed and invigorated by the research and scholarship of academic staff
  • To deliver a curriculum that enables students to understand the nature and significance of Politics
  • To enable students to learn about the key concepts and analytical methods of Political Science
  • To enable students to address key issues in political science, including power, conflict and collective political behaviour
  • To provide students with the opportunity to study Politics in a multidisciplinary context, by providing a range of minor subject areas from the disciplines of the humanities, management science, modern languages and the social sciences
  • To enable students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of issues in politics through specialist study and guided research
  • To create a supportive environment in which the academic development and career opportunities of students are enhanced
  • To foster the acquisition of key transferable skills including analysis of opinion, argument and fact; evaluation of evidence and hypothesis; synthesis of debate; appropriate use of communication and information technology; and clear communication

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

  • QAA Benchmarking statement for Politics and International Relations

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students will demonstrate familiarity with the traditional concerns of politics – the study of power, decision-making, and collective actions – through the examination of European and international political systems, political theory and post-war history. The programme provides a framework for developing skills of political analysis, communication, and conceptual thought. 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of selected concepts and methods involved in the academic discipline of political science, a detailed knowledge and understanding of European and international politics framed in terms of political theory, national political systems, international relations and the organisation of the European Union;
    an ability to undertake independent research under supervision;
  • a good grounding in an associated subject or subjects drawn from the disciplines of the humanities, management science, modern language and the social sciences as relevant.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have acquiredkey transferable skills including the analysis of opinion, argument and fact; evaluation of evidence and hypothesis; synthesis of debate; appropriate use of communication and information technology and clear communication

c. Key transferable skills:

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

4. Programme structure

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.

 

(1) Part A - Introductory Modules

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

10

EUA601

Contemporary World Arena

20

EUA702

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

As a result of option choices, candidates may not be registered for more than 70 or less than 50 credits in any one Semester.

Candidates choose two minor subject groups, which must be followed throughout Part A from:

Communications and Media Studies: SSA301

Economics: ECA012

English: EAA101

Geography: GYA004

International Relations: EUA701 – candidates choosing this minor subject take the 20 credit version of Modern Europe: From the Enligtenment to the Present, and do not study EUA702.

Management: BSA505

Mandarin Chinese: EUL401   

Criminology and Social Policy: SSA201

Social Psychology: SSA102

Sociology: SSA001

Either:            Spanish: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

or                     French: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

or                     German: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

 

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

EUA613

Political Ideologies

20

EUA619

Analysing Current Issues in Politics and International Relations

10

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES  (total modular weight 20)

Communication and Media Studies: SSA302

Economics: ECA012

English: EAA201

Geography: GYA104

International Relations: EUA617

Management: BSA506

Mandarin Chinese: EUL422   

Criminology and Social Policy: SSA202

Social Psychology: SSA101

Sociology: SSA002

Either:            Spanish: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations depending on candidates’ previous qualifications and experience

or                     French: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

or                     German: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

 

(2) Part B - Degree Modules

EITHER – Standard Route

Semesters 1 & 2

OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Candidates must choose 40 credits from one or two of the minor subject groups listed in section 2(1) of these Regulations.  Lists of available modules will be published each year by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.  Choices of minor subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications.  As a result of option choices, candidates may not be registered for more than 70 credits or less than 50 credits in any one Semester.

Semester 1

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB605

Political Analysis

10

EUB625

The European Union

10

EUB628

Political Thought: Text and Analysis

20

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB604

Comparative European Politics

20

EUB608

Research Design

10

EUB627

French Politics

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 will undertake assessed work equivalent to 50 credits, as required by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, along with a Distance Learning Research Design module.  Candidates who opt for this route must ensure that they have taken a total of 60 credits in Semester One.

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB605

Political Analysis

10

EUB625

The European Union

10

EUB628

Political Thought: Text and Analysis

20

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose 20 credits from one or two of the minor subjects groups listed in section 2(1) of these Regulations.  Lists of available modules will be published each year by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.  Choices of minor subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications.

Semester 2

COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB001

International Semester

50

EUB614

Research Design (Distance Learning)

10

 

(3)  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.

 

(4) Part C - Degree Modules

Semesters 1 & 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 40)

Code

Title

Modular

Weight

EUC640

Dissertation in Politics

40

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

As a result of option choices candidates may not take more than 70 or less than 50 credits in any one semester.

Candidates choose a total of 80 credits from the following:

(a) modules to a minimum value of 40 credits and a maximum value of 60 credits from following list:

 

Code

Module Title

Modular Weight

Semester

 

EUC602

 

Nationalism

 

20

 

1

 

EUC604

 

State Violence and Terrorism

 

20

 

1

 

EUC607

 

The European Union and the United States

 

20

 

1

 

EUC621

 

Germany in Europe

 

20

 

1

 

EUC627

 

Intelligence and National Security

 

20

 

1

 

EUC628

 

The Asia Pacific in Global Politics

 

20

 

1

 

EUC631

 

Yugoslavia: Its 20th Century

 

20

 

1

 

EUC662

 

Migration, Immigration and the UK Today

 

20

 

1

 

EUC669

 

The Left in France

 

20

 

1

 

EUC674

 

Power, Violence and Human Suffering

 

20

 

1

 

EUC609

 

Spanish-Latin American Relations

 

20

 

2

 

EUC658

 

Art, Politics and Society

 

20

 

2

 

EUC660

 

Contemporary Political Philosophy

 

20

 

2

 

EUC664

 

Politics and Religion

 

20

 

2

 

EUC665

 

Post-War British Politics: The Start of the Decline

 

20

 

2

 

EUC668

 

The Politics and Foreign Policies of the Nordic Countries

 

20

 

2

 

EUC672

 

The European Union and the Global Political Economy

 

20

 

2

 

(b) modules to a minimum value of 20 credits and a maximum value of 40 credits from the one or two of the minor subject groups listed in Section 4 (1) (ii) of these Regulations.  A list of the minor subject modules will be published by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations.  Choices of minor subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications.

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to Part 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 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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