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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) International Relations

Academic Year: 2015/16

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 International Relations
Programme code EUUB02
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 L250/L251
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:26:39 BST

1. Programme Aims

  1. To introduce students to problems, concepts and debates in International Relations, informed by research at the forefront of contemporary debates.
  2. To provide a comprehensive grounding in International Relations and in the cognate disciplines of political science and area studies, supporting the analysis of the contemporary world arena.
  3. To develop competence in the research strategies and methods of International Relations, including international political theory, international political analysis, the study of international regimes, conflict and crisis management.
  4. To enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of topical issues in International Relations by applying theory to practice and by using practice to reflect on theory.
  5. To foster the acquisition of key transferable skills including critical analysis; appraisal of evidence and formulation of hypothesis based on available information; evaluation of debates in international affairs; appropriately use communication and information technology; and clear communication of ideas.
  6. To broaden perspectives on International Relations through multidisciplinary research, by providing a range of electives from the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, by enabling students to extend, apply and/or reflect on their learning through training in the UK or abroad and/or through the study of a modern language.

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

  • QAA Benchmarking statements for Politics and International Relations
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • Departmental Learning and Teaching policies
  • The research interests and specialisms of the teaching staff and their professional involvement in the discipline

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

K1. discuss the nature and characteristics of a variety of international actors and phenomena, including the international state system, non-governmental actors and the challenges of international governance;

K2. analyse the major trends and causal factors relevant to the contemporary International System;

K3. explain competing interpretations of international events and approaches to international governance;

K4. apply core concepts and methods used in IR scholarship and in the cognate disciplines of political science and area studies to analyse the international arena;

K5. evaluate principles, methods, ideas and problems drawn from the study of International Relations and cognate disciplines in the humanities and/or the social sciences.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1. choose appropriate research strategies and methods of International Relations to analyse key issues and events;

C2. evaluate leading concepts, ideas, principles and models of International Relations theory;

C3. apply principles and theoretical approaches of International Relations theory to analyse unfolding international events, and formulate coherent solutions to problems of international governance and diplomacy;

C4. use sophisticated argument and analysis to propose solutions to complex problems.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1. use information technology to retrieve and communicate information to a range of different audiences;

P2. evaluate sources of information and the ethical issues relating to research in International Relations;

P3. undertake independent research under supervision;

P4. organise personal learning and development self-critically.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1. appraise evidence and formulate hypothesis based on available information;

T2. manage time effectively and work to deadlines;

T3. apply research skills and practices to offer interpretations of complex and unfamiliar ideas, abstract concepts, political phenomena and events;

T4. summarise complex scholarly debates;

T5. evaluate alternative solutions to complex problems;

T6. co-operate with others for common benefit.

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. 

 

4     Content

 

(1) Part A - Introductory Modules

 

Semester 1

 

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

10

EUA601

Contemporary World Arena

20

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

EUA702

Modern Europe: from the Enlightenment to the Present (10 credit)

10

 

 

 (ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

 

Candidates choose one elective subject group, which must be followed throughout Part A from:

Business: BSA505

Communications and Media Studies: SSA301

Criminology and Social Policy: SSA201

Economics: ECA001

English: EAA777

French: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

German: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

Geography: GYA004

History: candidates choosing this elective subject take the 20-credit version of Modern Europe (EUA701) and do not take EUA702

Mandarin Chinese: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

Social Psychology: SSA102

Sociology: SSA001

Spanish: 10 credit module from a list produced by the The Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

 

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 50)

  

 Code

 Title

 Modular Weight

EUA613

Political Ideologies

20

EUA617

Approaches to International Relations

10

EUA619

Analysing Current Issues in Politics and International Relations

10

EUA610

Conceptions of Democracy

 10  

  

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 10)

 

Business: BSA506

Communication and Media Studies: SSA302

Criminology and Social Policy: SSA202

Economics: ECA001

French: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

Geography: GYA104

History: EUA707

German: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

Mandarin Chinese: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

Social Psychology: SSA101

Sociology: SSA002

Spanish: 10 credit module from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on students’ previous qualifications and experience.

 

(2) Part B - Degree Modules

 

(A) EITHER – Standard Route

 

 (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

10

 

Semester 2

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB608

Research Design

10

 

Semesters 1&2

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 100)

Candidates choose a total of 100 credits from the following:

 

(a) INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - modules with a minimum value of 80 and a maximum value of 100 credits from the following list:

 

Code

Title

Modular   Weight

Semester

EUB601

The European Union

20

1

EUB625

The European Union (10 credit)

10

1

EUB632

Third   World Politics

20

1

EUB619

Security   Studies

20

1

EUB702  

Cold   War Europe (20 credit)

20

1

EUB703

Cold   War Europe (10 credit)

10

1

EUB612

Foreign Policy Analysis

20

2

EUB621

Foreign Policy Analysis (10 credit)

10

2

EUB631

Protest   and Resistance

20

2

EUB615

Challenges   to International Governance

20

2

EUB604

Comparative European Politics (20 credit)

20

2

EUB620

Comparative European Politics (10 credit)

10

2

EUB633

Enterprise,   Employability and Personal Development

10

2

 

(b) ELECTIVES -  if fewer than 100 credits are chosen under (a), candidates choose modules up to a value of 20 credits from one of the elective subject groups listed below.   Choices of elective subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications. 

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

Business

 

 

 

BSB530

Accounting for Business

10

1

BSB560

Principles of Marketing

10

1

BSB532

Accounting for Managers

10

2

BSB562

The Marketing Mix

10

2

Communication and Media Studies

 

 

 

SSB360

Media in Global Context

10

1

SSB317

Critical Viewings: Film

10

1

SSB301

Media, Identity and Inequalities

20

1

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

20

2

SSB303

Media and Social Change

20

2

SSB366

Promotional Culture

10

2

Criminology and Social Policy

 

 

 

SSB201

Criminological Theory

20

1

SSB216

Women and Crime

10

1

SSB238

Green Criminology

10

2

SSB203

Operational Policing Issues

20

2

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

10

2

Economics

 

 

 

ECB037

Microeconomics

20

1&2

English

 

 

 

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737

20

1

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20

1

EAB039

Nineteenth-Century American Writing

20

1

EAB711

Eighteenth Century Literature

20

2

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20

2

EAB012

African American Culture

20

2

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20

2

EAB114

Elephants and Engines

20

2

Geography

 

 

 

GYB210

Globalization

20

1&2

GYB211

Globalization

10

1

GYB220

Geographies of Social Difference

20

1&2

GYB222

Geographies of Social Difference

10

1

GYB113

Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation

10

1

GYB110

Sustainable Urban Geographies

10

2

GYB320

Global Migration

10

2

History

 

 

 

EUB702

Cold War Europe (20 credit)

20

1

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 credit)

10

1

EUB704

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

20

1

EUB705

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

10

1

EUB706

Twentieth-Century Britain (20 credit)

20

1

EUB707

Twentieth-Century Britain (10 credit)

10

1

EUB722

Modern France: A History of Conflict? (20 credit)

20

1

EUB723

Modern France: A History of Conflict? (10 credit)

10

1

EUB724

Slavery in Global History (20 credit)

20

1

EUB725

Slavery in Global History (10 credit)

10

1

EUB712

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

20

2

EUB713

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

10

2

EUB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective (20 credit)

20

2

EUB715

Modern China in a Global Perspective (10 credit)

10

2

EUB720

The Soviet Union in Global Politics (20 credit)

20

2

EUB721

The Soviet Union in Global Politics (10 credit)

10

2

EUB726

British Social History 1918-1979: Other Worlds of Labour (20 credits)

20

2

EUB727

British Social History 1918-1979: Other Worlds of Labour (20 credits)

10

2

Social Psychology

 

 

 

SSB105

Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology

10

1

SSB132

Developmental Psychology

20

1

SSB134

Biological Psychology

20

1

SSB103

Researching Social Life

10

2

SSB104

Understanding Human Interaction

10

2

Sociology

 

 

 

SSB008

Classical Social Theories

10

1

SSB026

Sociology in Historical and Global Context

20

1

SSB034

Surveillance Society

10

1

SSB023

Religion and Society

10

2

SSB010

Contemporary Social Theories

20

2

UWLP

 

 

 

French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese

One 10-credit module in each Semester from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

 

 

 

(B) 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 10)

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

10

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES - (total modular weight 50)

Candidates choose a total of 50 credits from the following:

 

(a) INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - modules with a minimum value of 40 and a maximum value of 50 credits from the following list:

 

Code

Title

Modular   Weight

EUB601

The European Union

20

EUB625

The European Union (10 credit)

10

EUB632

Third   World Politics

20

EUB619

Security   Studies

20

EUB702  

Cold   War Europe (20 credit)

20

EUB703

Cold   War Europe (10 credit)

10

 

ELECTIVES -  if fewer than 50 credits are chosen under (a), candidates choose modules up to a value of 10 credits from one of the elective subject groups listed in Section 4 (2) (ii) (b) of these Regulations.    Choices of elective 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

EUC643

Dissertation in Politics and International Relations

40

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

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

 

Candidates choose a total of 80 credits from the following:

 

(a) modules to a minimum value of 60 and a maximum value of 80 credits from the following list:

 

Code

 

Title

Modular   Weight

Semester

EUC602

Nationalism: blood, soil and war

20

1

EUC604

State Violence and Terrorism

20

1

EUC628

The Asia Pacific in Global Politics

20

1

EUC631

Yugoslavia: Its 20th Century

20

EUC660

Contemporary Political Philosophy

20

1

EUC672

The European Union and the Global Political Economy

20

1

EUC675

Global Environmental Politics

20

1

EUC609

Spanish-Latin American Relations

20

2

EUC621

Germany in Europe

20

2

EUC658

Art, Politics and Society

20

2

EUC665

Post-War British Politics: The Start of the Decline

20

2

EUC677

Britain and the European Union

20

2

EUC674

Power, Violence and Human Suffering

20

2

EUC678

No Gods! No Masters! Anarchism Past and Present

20

2

EUC679

1968 - World Revolution?

20

2

EUC714

The Soviet Security State

20

2

 

(b) if fewer than 80 credits are chosen under (a), candidates choose modules up to a value of 20 credits from one of the elective subject groups listed below.   Choices of elective subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications. 

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

Business

 

 

 

BSB035

Sales Management

10

1

BSB555

Organisational Studies

10

1

BSB580

Operations Management

10

1

BSC105

International Human Resource Management

10

1

BSC520

Business Systems

10

1

BSC522

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

1

BSB590

Contemporary Business Environment

10

2

BSC124

Marketing Communications

10

2

BSC144

Project Management

10

2

BSC524

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning

10

2

BSC575

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills

10

2

Communication and Media Studies

 

 

 

SSC316

Media, Memory and History

20

1

SSC357

Producing the News

20

2

Criminology and Social Policy

 

 

 

SSC219

Criminology of Violence

20

1

SSC233

Crime and Deviance in Sport

20

2

Economics

 

 

 

ECC012

Introduction to Finance

20

1&2

ECC013

International Economic Relations

20

1&2

ECC014

Economics of the Financial System

20

1&2

ECC017

Economics of the Welfare State

20

2

English

 

 

 

EAC012

America at War

20

1

EAC022

Ulysees

20

1

EAC034

Narratives of American Sport

20

1

EAC042

Dimensions of Texts

20

1

EAC103

Modernisms

20

1

EAC214

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio

20

1

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost

20

1

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

20

2

EAC104

Aphra Behn

20

2

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

20

2

EAC301

T.S.Elliot

20

2

EAC701

Global America

20

2

Geography

 

 

 

GYC107

Regional Geography of the UK

20

1

GYC212

Globalised Urbanisation

20

1

GYC205

Central America: Dependency and Development

10

2

GYC214

Geographies of Children and Youth

10

2

GYC325

Geographies of Transnational Mobility and Diaspora

20

2

History

 

 

 

EUC702

Muslim Lives: Autobiography, History and Identity

20

1

EUC703

The Beatles and the 1960s

20

1

EUC715

Fear of East Asia and the Global Order

20

1

EUC705

The Rise of the Nazis

20

2

EUC713

From Prohibition to the ‘Swinging Sixties’: The United States 1918-1969

20

2

EUC714

The Soviet Security State

20

2

Social Psychology

 

 

 

SSC130

The Social Psychology of Everyday Life

20

1

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

1

Sociology

 

 

 

SSC013

Sociology of Tourism

20

1

SSC022

The Body, Health and the Digital

20

2

 

 

 

 

Languages

 

 

 

French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese

One 10-credit module in each Semester from a list produced by the Language Centre, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications

 

 

 

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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