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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations (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/BA (Hons) + DIntS
Programme title Politics with International Relations
Programme code Politics with International Relations (EUUB19)
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 Politics with International Relations (L291, L292)
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/phir/undergraduate/politics/

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:29:38 BST

1. Programme Aims

  1. To introduce the concepts and principles that underpin politics, informed by research that fosters critical and independent thought.
  2. To introduce students to debates about power and distribution which lie at the heart of politics (‘who gets what, when, how and why’) and hone the analytic skills required to determine the legitimacy of distributions.
  3. To engage students in debates about political events, institutions and ideas as a route to their engagement in politics as citizens and actors in the global political arena.
  4. To familiarise students with the methodological and theoretical assumptions which underpin political arguments.
  5. To familiarise students with key concepts in critical political analysis, including power, justice, accountability, order, dissent, violence, sovereignty, governance and decision-making.
  6. To familiarise students with a selection of concepts and examples in a cognate discipline.
  7. 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 statement 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 will be able to:

K1. discuss the nature and characteristics of a variety of political issues, ideas and phenomena;

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

K3. explain competing interpretations of political issues and events;

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

K5. explain and evaluate concepts of political change such as revolution, war, crisis, protest, agency, and modernity;

K6. discuss key concepts and examples from a cognate discipline.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1. choose appropriate methods in explanatory and normative political theory and political science to investigate key issues and events in politics;

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

C3. use supporting evidence and illustrative examples to discuss and/or explain complex phenomena and events in politics and a cognate discipline;

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

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1. use information technology to retrieve information from a variety of primary and secondary sources and to communicate ideas orally, visually and in writing;

P2. evaluate sources and the ethical issues relating to research in politics and a cognate discipline;

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

T4. summarise academic debates drawn from a range of introductory and specialist research literatures, fluently and with sophistication, to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences;

T5. evaluate alternative solutions to complex problems.

T6. work with others for collective benefit and knowledge advancement

4. Programme structure

4.1 Notes

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.

 

4.2 Content

Part A – Introductory Modules

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

(i)           COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 80 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

10

1

EUA601

Contemporary World Arena

20

1

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

1

EUA610

Conceptions of Democracy

10

2

EUA613

Political Ideologies

20

2

EUA617

International Political Theory

10

2

 

(ii)          MINOR SUBJECT MODULES (total modular weight 20 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

International Relations

 

 

 

EUA701 (or 702 if elective in History)

Modern Europe

20 (or 10)

1

EUA621

International Organisations

10

2

 

(iii)         ELECTIVE MODULES (total modular weight 20 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

Business Studies

 

 

 

BSA505

Organisational Behaviour

10

1

BSA506

Management of Human Resources

10

2

Criminology

 

 

 

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A

10

1

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B

10

2

Geography

 

 

 

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

10

1

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

10

2

History

 

 

 

EUA702

Modern Europe

10

1

EUA707

Modern World History: New Perspectives

10

2

Media Studies

 

 

 

SSA301

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Contemporary Trends and Issues

10

1

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Historical Debates and Perspectives

10

2

Sociology

 

 

 

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

1

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

2

 The following are available as 20-credit electives only:

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

Economics

 

 

 

ECA001

Principles of Macroeconomics

20

1 & 2

ECA002

Principles of Microeconomics

20

1 & 2

Foreign Language

 

 

 

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

10 + 10

1 & 2

 

Part B – Degree Modules

(a) EITHER – Standard Route

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

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

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

10

1

EUB628

History of Political Thought

20

1

EUB608

Research Design

10

2

 (ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES – POLITICS AND LANGUAGES (total modular weight 40 Credits)   

Candidates not studying a Foreign Language must take 40 credits of Politics modules.  Candidates studying a Foreign Language should take 20 credits of Politics modules.

Politics and Languages modules are likely to cover:

  • European Politics

  • World Politics

  • British Politics

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

(iii) MINOR SUBJECT MODULES (total modular weight 40 Credits)

Candidates must choose 40 credits from their minor subject.

International Relations Minor Subject modules are likely to cover:

  • Security and Governance

  • Foreign Policy Analysis

     

(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 they have taken a total of 60 credits in Semester One.

 (i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 90 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

10

1

EUB625

The European Union

10

1

EUB629

History of Political Thought

10

1

EUB001

International Semester

50

2

EUB614

Research Design (Distance Learning)

10

2

 

(ii) LANGUAGE OPTION (total modular weight 10 Credits)

Candidates not studying a Foreign Language must study the Politics module listed below.

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

Either:

 

 

 

Foreign Language

 

 

 

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

10

1

Or: Candidates not studying a Foreign Language must study the Politics module listed below

Politics

 

 

 

EUB628 (instead of EUB629)

History of Political Thought (20 credit)

 

1

 (iii) MINOR SUBJECT MODULES (total modular weight 20 Credits)

Candidates must choose 20 credits from their minor subject group

International Relations Minor Subject modules are likely to cover Security and Governance. 

Part I 

Four Year Programme – candidates will undertake assessed work leading to the Diploma of International Studies (DINTS)

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).

Four Year Thick Sandwich Programme (DPS route) – candidates will undertake and 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.

Part C– Degree Modules

As a result of option choices candidates may not take more than 70 or fewer than 50 credits in any one Semester

 (i) COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 40 Credits)

Code

Title

Modular Weight

Semester

EUC643

Dissertation in Politics and International Relations

40

1&2

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES – POLITICS AND LANGUAGES (total modular weight 40 Credits)

 Candidates must choose modules to a value of 40 credits from a list supplied.

Politics and Languages modules are likely to cover:

  • Security and Governance

  • British Politics

  • Western Democracies

  • Global Politics

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

 

 (iii) MINOR SUBJECT MODULES (total modular weight 40 Credits)

Candidates must choose modules to a value of 40 credits from their minor subject group.

 International Relations Minor Subject modules are likely to cover:

  •  Security and Governance

  • British Politics

  • Western Democracies

  • Global Politics

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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