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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA(Hons) Politics and 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/DIntS
Programme title Politics and International Relations
Programme code EUUB10
Length of programme Six semesters or eight semesters for DPS/DIntS
UCAS code 1L27/7L27
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/s tudy/undergraduate/cours es /departm ents /phir/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:27:04 BST

1. Programme Aims

1)   To introduce the concepts and principles that underpin politics and IR informed by research that fosters critical and independent thought, enabling students to engage in politics as citizens and actors in the global political arena.

 

2)   To introduce students to debates about ‘who gets what, when, how and why’ in domestic and international realms and hone their analytic tools to determine the legitimacy of these distributions.

 

3)   To engage students in debates about national and international events , institutions and ideas and the methodological and theoretical assumptions which underpin political arguments .

 

4)   To familiarise students with key concepts in politics and international relations , including power, justice, accountability, order, conflict, cooperation, violence, sovereignty, governance and decision-making.

 

5)   To combine the study of politics and IR with related disciplines in humanities and social sciences and to enable 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 political and international issues, ideas and phenomena;

K2. analyse the social, economic and historical context in which political systems evolve and operate;

K3. explain competing interpretations of national and international political issues and events;

K4. apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics and IR to analyse political ideas, institutions and practices.

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 methods to investigate key issues and events in politics and international relations;

C2. evaluate political opinions, ideas and events and defend personal preferences through reasoned argument;

C3. illustrate analyses of politics and international relations with appropriate evidence and examples;

C4. use 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 information from a variety of primary and secondary sources;

P2. use information technology to communicate ideas orally, visually and in writing;

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. use constructive criticism to improve and strengthen work;

T2. work independently, demonstrating initiative and the ability to manage time and resources effectively;

T3. comprehend unfamiliar ideas through individual research and effort;

T4. express abstract ideas, political phenomena and events, fluently and with sophistication, to lay and specialist audiences;

T5. evaluate alternative solutions to complex problems;

T6. collaborate with others for collective benefit and knowledge advancement.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Notes

4.1.1 Modules with a total modular weight of at least 50 must be studied in each academic year (Parts A, B and C) from both Politics and International Relations. Candidates may take 20 credits of Electives in each Part: candidates choose modules derived from a list produced by the Department of Politics , History and International Relations , depending on the candidate’s previous qualifications .

4.1.2 Candidates must take a minimum module weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.

4.1.3 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 XI. 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.

 4.1.4 Candidates following the four-year thick sandwich programme are required to spend the third academic year (Part I) EITHER undertaking an approved Assis tantship at a school or other approved placem ent in a French-, German- or Spanish-speaking country, leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation XI, OR undertaking an approved placement in the UK or abroad leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.

Participation in study abroad or a placement is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

 

4.2 Part A

 

EITHER - STANDARD ROUTE:


Compulsory Modules (all Politics and International Relations)

 

Semester 1 (total modular weight 50)

Code

 

Title

Modular Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

 

10

EUA601

Contemporary World Arena

 

20

EUA607

Introduction to Democractic Government

 

10

EUA702

Modern Europe

10

 

Semester 2 (total modular weight 50)

 

Title

Modular Weight

EUA617

 

Approaches to International Relations

 

10

EUA613

 

Political Ideologies

 

20

EUA619

 

Analysing Current Issues in Politics and

International Relations

 

10

EUA610

 

Conceptions of Democracy

10

 

Elective Modules (total modular weight 20)

 

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

 

  • Communication and Media Studies (SSA301 and SSA302)
  • Criminology and Social Policy (SSA201 and SSA202)
  • Social Psychology (SSA101 and SSA102)
  • Sociology (SSA001 and SSA002)
  • Geography (GYA004 and GYA104)
  • Business (BSA505 and BSA506)
  • Economics (ECA001)
  • English (EAA777)
  • History (EUA701 instead of EUA702,  and EUA707)
  • French  (modules depend on candidate’s previous qualifications)
  • German (modules depend on candidate’s previous qualifications)
  • Spanish (modules depend on candidate’s previous qualifications)
  • Mandarin Chinese (modules depend on candidate’s previous qualifications)

 

 4.3 Part B

 

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

 

Optional Modules (total modular weight 80 or 100)


Candidates choose modules in Politics and International Relations, with minimum 40 credits of each subject (modules in Group C count as either subject) from:

Group A: Politics

Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB628

History of Political Thought

 

20

EUB629

 

History of Political Thought (10 credits)

10

EUB630

British Politics

 

20

 

Semester 2

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB604

 

Comparative European Politics

20

EUB620

 

Comparative European Politics (10 credits)

10

  

Group B: International Relations

Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB619

Security Studies

 

20

EUB632

Third World Politics

 

20

 

 

 

Semester 2

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB615 

Challenges to International Governance 

 

20 

EUB612 

Foreign Policy Analysis

 

20

 

EUB621

 

Foreign Policy Analysis (10 credits)

10

 

Group C: Politics and International Relations

Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB601

 

The European Union

20

EUB625

 

The European Union (10 credits)

10

EUB702

 

Cold War Europe

20

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 credits)

10

 

 

Semester 2

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB631

Protest and Resistance

 

20

 

EUB633

 

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

10

 

 

 Elective Modules (maximum modular weight 20)

 Candidates may take up to 20 credits of electives from those subjects 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

20

2

SSB104

Understanding Human Interaction

10

2

SSB133

Cognitive Psychology

20

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

 

 

 

 

OR: INTERNATIONAL SEMESTER ROUTE

 

Candidates may replace the modules required for Part B Semester Two with an approved course of  tudy 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, including 20 credits in Politics and 20 credits in International Relations .

 

Semester One

Compulsory Module (total modular weight 10)

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

 

10

 

Optional Modules (total modular weight 40 or 50)


Candidates choose modules in Politics and International Relations, with minimum 20 credits of each subject (modules in Group C count as either subject) from:

Group A: Politics

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB628

History of Political Thought

 

20

EUB629

 

History of Political Thought (10 credits)

10

EUB630

British Politics

 

20

 

  

Group B: International Relations

Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB619

Security Studies

 

20

EUB632

Third World Politics

 

20

 

 

Group C: Politics and International Relations

Semester 1

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB601

 

The European Union

20

EUB625

 

The European Union (10 credits)

10

EUB702

 

Cold War Europe

20

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 credits)

10

 

 

 Elective Modules (maximum modular weight 10)

 Candidates may take 10 credits of electives from those subjects listed above.

 

Semester 2


COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60)

 

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUB001

International Semester

 

50

EUB614

Research Design (Distance Learning)

 

10

 

4.3 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 sati factory acade ic performance during Parts A and B.  Students choosing to study on the International Semester 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 .

 

4.4 Part C

 

Semesters 1 and 2

 

Compulsory Module

Code

Title

Modular Weight

EUC643

 

Dissertation in Politics and International Relations

40

 

Optional Modules (total modular weight 60 or 80)

As a result of option choices , students may not be registered for more than 70 or less than 50 credits in anyone Semester. Candidates must ensure they take 50 credits of both Politics and International Relations , including the Dissertation.

 

(a) Candidates choose between 60 and 80 credits from the following list. All modules are 20 credits

 

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

1

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

 

Soviet Security State

20

2

 

 

(b) If fewer than 80 credits are chosen under (a), candidates chose up to a value of 20 credits from those subjects 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

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 satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

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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