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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Politics, History and International Relations

Academic Year: 2018/19

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 School of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)/BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS
Programme title Politics, History and International Relations
Programme code EUUB12
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 6 semesters (three-year programme), or 8 semesters (four-year programme, including a placement year). 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 LV21/LV22
Admissions criteria

BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/lv21

BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/lv22

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:35:27 BST

1. Programme Aims

  1. To provide students with an intellectually stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in Politics, History and International Relations.
  2. To encourage a sense of enthusiasm for Politics, History and International Relations; to foster critical, creative and independent thinking; and to develop a sensitive and disciplined approach.
  3. To stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in each subject.
  4. To develop competence and practical skills which are transferable to a wide range of professions and employment as well as life experiences.

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

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

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, historical 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 political, historical and international issues and events;

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

K5. use primary evidence in historical argument.

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 to investigate key issues and events in politics, history and international relations;

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 political, historical and international phenomena and events;

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

C5. recognise the complexities and diversity of past events and mentalities;

C6. discuss the problems inherent in historical sources and in interpreting the past.

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, history and 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 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, phenomena and events in politics, history and international relations;

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

4.1.1 In both Parts A and B, candidates must take 40 credits of Politics, 40 credits of History and 40 credits of International Relations. In Part C, candidates must take 20 credits of each, and may choose modules from any subject for the further 60 credits required.

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 Due to timetabling constraints, not all option combinations may be available.

4.2 Content

(1)          Part A – Introductory Modules

(i)           COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 120 Credits)

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUA001

Smart Scholarship

1

10

EUA601

Contemporary World Arena (20 Credit)

1

20

EUA705

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

1

20

EUA800

The Making & Unmaking of the World Order

1

20

EUA617

International Political Theory

2

10

EUA607

Understanding Democratic Institutions

2

10

EUA704

What is History?

2

10

EUA801

Power, Politics & Ideology in Modern Europe

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.

 (i)  Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 20 Credits)

Code

Title

Subject

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

Politics or IR

1

10

EUB800

Research Design

Politics or History or IR

2

10

 

 (ii)  Optional Modules (total modular weight 100 Credits)

Candidates should choose modules in Politics, History and International Relations (some modules count as more than one subject), totalling 40 credits in each subject (including compulsory modules).  Candidates should note that combinations of modules of the same titles but with different credit-weightings are mutually exclusive.

 

Code

Title

Subject

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB601

The European Union (20 Credit)

Politics or IR

1

20

EUB619

Security Studies

IR

1

20

EUB625

The European Union (10 Credit)

Politics or IR

1

10

EUB628

History of Political Thought (20 Credit)

Politics

1

20

EUB629

History of Political Thought (10 Credit)

Politics

1

10

EUB630

British Politics

Politics

1

20

EUB633

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

Politics or History or IR

1

10

EUB712

Modern Germany: Recovery from Ruin, 1945-present

History

1

20

EUB722

Modern France: A History of Conflict?

History

1

20

EUB728

Victorian Values: Sex, Race, Religion and Deviance in Late Nineteenth Century Britain

History

1

20

EUB735

Understanding History

History

1

10

EUB802

Small Wars

Politics or History or IR

1

20

EUB604

Comparative European Politics (20 Credit)

Politics

2

20

EUB612

Foreign Policy Analysis (20 Credit)

IR

2

20

EUB620

Comparative European Politics (10 Credit)

Politics

2

10

EUB621

Foreign Policy Analysis (10 Credit)

IR

2

10

EUB632

Politics of Developing Countries

Politics or IR

2

20

EUB634

The American Century: US Politics and Society in the 20th Century

Politics or History or IR

2

20

EUB702

Cold War Europe

History or IR

2

20

EUB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective

History

2

20

EUB724

Slavery in Global History

History

2

20

EUB732

Modern Russia from Emancipation to Revolution (20 Credit)

History

2

20

SSB352

Political Communication

Politics or IR

2

10

OR

(b) International Semester Route

Candidates may replace the modules required for Part B Semester 2 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 School of Social Sciences, along with the 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 compulsory module EUB605 (which may count as either Politics or IR - see 'Subject' column below) and the remaining credits made up of optional modules so that overall 20 credits come from Politics, 20 credits from History and 20 credits from International Relations.  Candidates should note that combinations of modules of the same titles but with different credit-weightings are mutually exclusive.

(i)  Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 70 Credits)

Code

Title

Subject

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

Politics or IR

1

10

EUB001

International Semester

 

2

50

EUB801

Research Design (Distance Learning)

Politics or IR or History

2

10

 (ii)  Optional Modules (total modular weight 50 Credits)

Candidates should note that combinations of modules of the same titles but with different credit-weightings are mutually exclusive.

Code

Title

Subject

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB601

The European Union (20 Credit)

Politics or IR

1

20

EUB619

Security Studies

IR

1

20

EUB625

The European Union (10 Credit)

Politics or IR

1

10

EUB628

History of Political Thought (20 Credit)

Politics

1

20

EUB629

History of Political Thought (10 Credit)

Politics

1

10

EUB630

British Politics

Politics

1

20

EUB632

Politics of Developing Countries

Politics or IR

1

20

EUB633

Enterprise, Employability & Personal Development

Politics or History or IR

1

10

EUB712

Modern Germany: Recovery from Ruin, 1945-present

History

1

20

EUB728

Victorian Values: Sex, Race, Religion and Deviance in Late Nineteenth Century Britain

History

1

20

EUB735

Understanding History

History

1

10

EUB802

Small Wars

Politics or History or IR

1

20

 

(3)          Part I

Candidates following the four-year programme are required to undertake a Part I placement, which occurs between Parts B and C and may be EITHER (i) an academic year abroad 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; OR (ii) an academic year abroad on 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; OR (iii) an approved Teaching 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 (iv) an approved placement in the UK or abroad leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.  Participation in a Part I study abroad or placement is subject to School approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

 

(4)  Part C – Degree Modules

Candidates must take a minimum of 20 credits of Politics, 20 credits of History and 20 credits of International Relations.  In choosing optional subjects, candidates must ensure that they study a minimum of 50 credits and a maximum of 70 credits in each Semester.  Credit from the Dissertation module must be split equally (20:20) across both Semesters.

(i)  Compulsory Module (total modular weight 40 Credits)

Code

Title

Subject

Semester

Modular Weight

One module from:

 

 

 

EUC800

Dissertation

Politics or IR or History

1 & 2

40

(ii)  Optional Modules (total modular weight 80 Credits)

Code

Title

Subject

Semester

Modular Weight

EUC604

State Violence and Terrorism

Politics or IR

1

20

EUC628

The Asia Pacific in Global Politics

IR

1

20

EUC660

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Politics

1

20

EUC679

1968 - World Revolution?

Politics or History

1

20

EUC680

The Populist Challenge to Western Democracies

Politics

1

20

EUC682

International Politics of the Middle East

IR

1

20

EUC703

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles and Sixties Britain

History

1

20

EUC713

Jim Crow, Bootleggers and Okies: American Cultural History 1890-1930

History

1

20

EUC716

Empire, War and Popular Culture in Britain c.1880-1930

History

1

20

EUC665

Postwar Britain: The Start of the Decline

Politics or History

2

20

EUC666

Gender and Politics

Politics or IR

2

20

EUC677

Britain and the European Union

Politics or IR

2

20

EUC684

War in the 21st Century

History or IR

2

20

EUC685

Power, Politics & Participation in the Digital Age

Politics or IR

2

20

EUC686

International Conflict Management

IR

2

20

EUC687

The Politics of Militarism

Politics or IR

2

20

EUC705

From Weimar to Hitler: Politics, Economics and Society in Germany, 1918-1934

History

2

20

EUC719

Convicts and Kangaroos: Australia 1788-1868

History

2

20

EUC720

After Empire: South Asia since 1945

History or IR

2

20

 

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 percentage mark.

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