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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) History (2017 entry)

Academic Year: 2017/18

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 History
Programme code EUUB09
Length of programme The duration of the Programme is 6 Semesters (three-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 V100/V101
Admissions criteria

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

 

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:28:18 BST

1. Programme Aims

      

·         To equip students with knowledge, understanding and skills in Modern History.

·         To develop an understanding of the value of history both as an area of study and a tool for analysing the contemporary world by fostering critical, creative and independent thinking and a sensitive and disciplined approach to the subject

·         To stimulate students' enthusiasm for history through the deployment of cutting-edge teaching technologies and pedagogies designed to encourage student engagement.

·         To foster, enhance and advance students' personal development through a range of individual and team based learning activities.

·         To develop competence and practical skills which are transferable to a wide range of professions and careers 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   
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications  
  • Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, Careers Education Benchmark Statement
  •  University Learning and Teaching Strategy

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:

1.    the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader framework of the social sciences and humanities;

2.    the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;

3.    the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of texts, other sources and data;

4.    past societies and historical processes over a chronological and geographical range, encompassing the modern history of Britain, Europe, and the World;

5.    the use of primary evidence in historical argument;

6.    History as an academic discipline, its schools of interpretations, and the variety of methodological approaches and theoretical foundations.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

 

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

1.    demonstrate knowledge of cultural, political and social difference, through the analysis of the past;

2.    abstract and synthesise information in order to discuss changes in ways of thinking, cultural practices and behaviours over time;

3.    assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments;

4.    critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including texts, oral histories, visual materials other virtual sources and data;

5.    critically assess the construction of history as a political, cultural and social practice;

6.    appreciate the complexities and diversity of past events and mentalities;

7.    show a critical awareness of the problems inherent in historical sources and in interpreting the past.

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:

1. undertake problem-solving and decision-making;

2. develop a reasoned argument;

3. solve problems with imagination and creativity;

4. communicate effectively in speech and writing;

5. work individually and in collaboration with others, demonstrating initiative and self-management;

6. use information and communication technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information.

 

4. Programme structure

4.1

Modules with a total modular weight of 100 must be studied in each Academic Year (Parts A, B and C) from History.  Candidates may take 20 credits of elective modules in each Part.  Candidates choose modules derived from a list provided by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on the candidates' previous qualifications.  Due to timetabling constraints, not all option combinations may be available. 

 

4.2          Content

(1) Part A – Introductory Modules

Students must be registered for a minimum of 50 credits and a maximum of 70 credits in each Semester

(i)           COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 100 credits)

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

1

10

EUA701

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present

1

20

EUA705

The Atlantic World: The Americas, Europe and Africa since the 15th Century

1

20

EUA703

Modern World History: New Perspectives

2

20

EUA704

What is History?

2

10

EUA706

History Fieldtrip

2

20

 

(ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20 credits)

Candidates must choose 20 credits from one elective subject group which must be followed through Part A from:

 

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

Economics

 

 

ECA001

Principles of Macroeconomics

1 & 2

20

English

 

 

EAA777

Narrative Forms and Fiction

1

20

French

 

 

A 10 credit module from each Semester from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

German

 

 

A 10 credit module from each Semester from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

Geography

 

 

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

1

10

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

2

10

International Relations

 

 

EUA620

The Contemporary World Arena (10 Credits)

1

10

EUA617

Approaches to International Relations

2

10

Business

 

 

BSA505

Organisational Behaviour

1

10

BSA506

Management of Human Resources

2

10

Mandarin Chinese

 

 

A 10 credit module from each Semester from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

Politics

 

 

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

1

10

EUA614

Political ideologies (10 Credit)

2

10

Social Sciences

 

 

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

1

10

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

2

10

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology & Social Policy A

1

10

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology & Social Policy B

2

10

SSA301

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Contemporary Trends and Issues

1

10

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Historical Debates and Perspectives

2

10

Spanish

 

 

A 10 credit module from each Semester from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

 

(2) PART B – Degree Modules

EITHER –

(a) STANDARD ROUTE

Students must be registered for a minimum of 50 credits and a maximum of 70 credits in each Semester

Semesters 1 and 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 10 credits)

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB708

Crafting a Dissertation

2

10

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 110 credits)

In addition to the compulsory module EUB708, candidates may choose a modular weight of 90 credits in Group 1 modules over Semesters 1 and 2, and the remaining 20 credits from Groups 1 or 2.

Group 1 History modules are likely to cover:

  • European History

  • History in the 19th Century

  • Global History

  • British History

Group 2 Elective Subject modules can be chosen from a range offered by:

  • Business

  • Economics

  • English

  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)

  • History

  • Geography

  • Social Sciences

 

OR –

(b)  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.

(i)           COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 60 credits)

Code

Title

Semester

Module Weight

EUB001

International Semester

2

50

EUB709

Crafting a Dissertation (Distance learning)

2

10

(ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 60 credits)

Candidates should choose 50 credits from Group 1 and 10 Credits from Groups 1 or 2

Group 1 History modules are likely to cover:

  • Global History

  • British History

Group 2 Elective Subject modules can be chosen from a range offered by:

  • Business

  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)

  • Geography

  • Social Sciences

 

(3)          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 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.

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 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)          Part C – Degree Modules

Students must be registered for a minimum of 50 credits and a maximum of 70 credits in each Semester.  Credits from the Dissertation in History module must be split equally (20:20) across both Semesters

 (i)           COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 40 credits)

 

Code

Title

Semester

Module Weight

EUC701

Dissertation in History

1 & 2

40

 

(ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 80 credits)

In addition to the compulsory module EUC701, candidates must choose a minimum modular weight of 60 from Group 1 modules over semesters 1 and 2.  The remaining 20 credits may be chosen from Groups 1 or 2.  Choices of modules from Part 2 will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications.

Group 1 History modules are likely to cover:

  • British Political History

  • History in the 20th Century

  • Global History

Group 2 Elective Subject modules can be chosen from a range offered by:

  • Business

  • Economics

  • English

  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese)

  • International Relations

  • Politics

  • Geography

  • Social Sciences

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 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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