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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Politics with a Minor Subject (entry prior to 2018)

Academic Year: 2019/20

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) + DPS/BA (Hons) + DIntS
Programme title Politics with a Minor Subject
Programme code EUUB03
Length of programme
UCAS code L200/L201
Admissions criteria

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. 

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 07 Aug 2019 10:45:11 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 combine the study of politics 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 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
  • School 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.

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 political phenomena and events;

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;

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

Politics with a Minor

This is a three-year long full-time degree programme.  In each of the three parts (years) of the degree (A, B and C), students take modules amounting to 120 credits with a minimum modular weight of 50 credits in each Semester, taking into account compulsory, optional and elective modules.

 

In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake a Placement Year (Part I) after Part B.

 

Important Note: No module may be taken and passed more than once.  Optional module availability is subject to timetabling constraints and optional modules may be subject to change.

4.1

Modules with a total modular weight of 80 must be studied in each Academic Year (Parts A, B and C) from Politics.  Candidates may take 40 credits of minor subject modules in each Part.  Candidates choose modules derived from a list provided by the School of Social Sciences, 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 80 credits)

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

1

10

EUA601

The Contemporary World Arena

1

20

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

1

10

EUA610

Conceptions of Democracy

2

10

EUA613

Political Ideologies

2

20

EUA617

International Political Theory

2

10

(ii)          OPTIONAL MODULES – MINOR SUBJECT (total modular weight of 40 credits)

 Candidates should choose two minor subject groups which must be followed through Part A from:

Code

Title

Semester(s)

Modular Weight

Economics

 

 

ECA001

Principles of Macroeconomics

1 & 2

20

English

 

 

EAA777

Narrative Forms and Fiction

1

20

French

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

German

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

Geography

 

 

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

1

10

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

2

10

International Relations

 

 

EUA702

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present (10 credit) NB: Or EUA701 if the other minor is History

1

10

EUA621

International Organisations

2

10

Business

 

 

BSA505

Organisational Behaviour

1

10

BSA506

Management of Human Resources

2

10

Mandarin Chinese

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

History

 

 

EUA702

 Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present (10 credit) NB: Or EUA701 if the other minor is History 

1

10

EUA707

Modern World History: New Perspectives (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

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent 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.

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

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

1

10

EUB628

History of Political Thought

1

20

EUB800

Research Design

2

10

(ii)  OPTIONAL MODULES

 POLITICS (total modular weight 40 credits)

In addition to the compulsory modules EUB605, EUB628 and EUB800, candidates must choose a total modular weight of 40 credits over Semesters 1 and 2 from the list below, noting the combinations of modules of the same titles but with different credit-weightings are mutually exclusive: 

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB601

The European Union (20 Credit)

1

20

EUB625

The European Union (10 Credit)

1

10

EUB630

British Politics

1

20

EUB632

Third World Politics

1

20

EUB634

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

1

20

EUB604

Comparative European Politics (20 Credit)

2

20

EUB620

Comparative European Politics (10 Credit)

2

10

EUB631

Protest and Resistance

2

20

EUB633

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

2

10

EUB702

Cold War Europe (20 Credit)

2

20

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 Credit)

2

10

(iii)  OPTIONAL MODULES – MINOR SUBJECT (total modular weight 40 credits)

Candidates must choose 40 credits from one of the minor subject groups listed below.  Again, the combinations of modules of the same titles but with different credit-weightings are mutually exclusive. Candidates studying French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese must study 20 credits from one of the minor subject groups along with 20 credits of their language modules.  Choices of minor subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications.

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

Business

 

 

BSB530

Accounting for Business

1

10

BSB555

Organisation Studies

1

10

BSB560

Principles of Marketing

1

10

BSB580

Operations Management

1

10

BSB532

Accounting for Managers

2

10

BSB562

The Marketing Mix

2

10

BSB590

The Contemporary Business Environment

2

10

Economics

 

 

ECB037

Microeconomics

1 & 2

20

English

 

 

EAB008

Victorian Literature

1

20

EAB039

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

1

20

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

1

20

EAB710

Renaissance Writings

1

20

EAB012

African American Culture

2

20

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

2

20

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

2

20

EAB711

Eighteenth Century Literature

2

20

French

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

German

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

Geography

 

 

GYB210

Globalization

1 & 2

20

GYB220

Geographies of Social Difference

1 & 2

20

GYB211

Globalization

1

10

GYB222

Geographies of Social Difference

1

10

GYB110

Sustainable Urban Geographies

2

10

GYB113

Geographies of Culture, Media and Representation

2

10

GYB320

Global Migration

2

10

History

 

 

EUB706

Twentieth-Century Britain (20 Credit)

1

20

EUB707

Twentieth-Century Britain (10 Credit)

1

10

EUB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective (20 Credit)

1

20

EUB715

Modern China in a Global Perspective (10 Credit)

1

10

EUB724

Slavery in Global History (20 Credit)

1

20

EUB702

Cold War Europe (20 Credit)

2

20

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 Credit)

2

10

EUB712

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

2

20

EUB713

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

2

10

EUB732

Modern Russia from Emancipation to Revolution (20 Credits)

2

20

EUB733

Modern Russia from Emancipation to Revolution (10 Credits)

2

10

International Relations

 

 

EUB619

Security Studies

1

20

EUB612

Foreign Policy Analysis

2

20

Mandarin Chinese

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

Politics

 

 

EUB628

History of Political Thought

1

20

EUB630

British Politics

1

20

EUB604

Comparative European Politics

2

20

EUB631

Protest and Resistance

2

20

Social Sciences

 

 

SSB034

Surveillance Society

1

10

SSB216

Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors

1

10

SSB360

The Media in Global Context

1

10

SSB023

Religion and Society

2

10

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

2

10

SSB239

Drugs: Society, Politics and Policy

2

10

Spanish

 

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

 

20

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.  In Semester 2, candidates will undertake assessed work equivalent to 50 credits, as required by the School of Social Sciences, along with a Distance Learning Research Design module.  Candidates who opt for this route must ensure that they have selected a total of 60 credits from Semester 1 modules.

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

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUB605

Theories and Methods in Political Research

1

10

EUB625

The European Union (10 Credit)

1

10

EUB628

History of Political Thought

1

20

EUB001

International Semester

2

50

EUB801

Research Design (Distance Learning)

2

10

 (ii)  OPTIONAL MODULES – MINOR SUBJECT (total modular weight 20 credits)

Candidates must choose 20 credits from one of the minor subject groups listed below.  Candidates studying French, German, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese should choose 10 credits from one of the minor subject groups and one 10 credit Language module. Choices of minor subject modules will be subject to satisfying any prerequisites set out in individual module specifications.

Code

Title

Semester

Modular Weight

Business

 

 

BSB530

Accounting for Business

1

10

BSB555

Organisation Studies

1

10

BSB560

Principles of Marketing

1

10

BSB580

Operations Management

1

10

English

 

 

EAB008

Victorian Literature

1

20

EAB039

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

1

20

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

1

20

EAB710

Renaissance Writings

1

20

French

 

 

One 10 credit module from Semester 1 from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1

10

German

 

 

One 10 credit module from Semester 1 from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1

10

Geography

 

 

GYB211

Globalization

1

10

GYB222

Geographies of Social Difference

1

10

History

 

 

EUB706

Twentieth-Century Britain (20 Credit)

1

20

EUB707

Twentieth-Century Britain (10 Credit)

1

10

EUB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective (20 Credit)

1

20

EUB715

Modern China in a Global Perspective (10 Credit)

1

10

EUB724

Slavery in Global History (20 Credit)

1

20

International Relations

 

 

EUB619

Security Studies

1

20

Mandarin Chinese

 

 

One 10 credit module from Semester 1 from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1

10

Politics

 

 

EUB628

History of Political Thought

1

20

EUB630

British Politics

1

20

Social Sciences

 

 

SSB034

Surveillance Society

1

10

SSB216

Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors

1

10

SSB360

The Media in Global Context

1

10

Spanish

 

 

One 10 credit module from Semester 1 from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1

10

 

Part I

Candidates will undertake one of the following approved study and/or work placements leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI.

 

Code

 Title

EUI003

Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)

EUI004

Diploma in International Studies (study abroad)

LAN900

Diploma in International Studies (overseas work placement in a foreign language)

GYI100

Year in Enterprise (DPS)

GYI200

Professional Training Placement & Overseas Study (DIntS)

 

Part C – Degree Modules

 

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

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUC800

Dissertation

1 & 2

40

 

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

 

In addition to the compulsory module EUC800, students must choose a minimum modular weight of 40 Credits and a maximum modular weight of 60 Credits from Group 1 (Optional Politics) modules over Semesters 1 and 2, as well as a minimum modular weight of 20 Credits and a maximum modular weight of 40 Credits from Group 2 (Minor subject) modules.

 

Group 1 – Optional Politics Modules

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

EUC604

State, Violence & Terrorism

1

20

EUC628

The Asia-Pacific in Global Politics

1

20

EUC660

Contemporary Political Philosophy

1

20

EUC677

Britain and the European Union

1

20

EUC680

The Populist Challenge to Democracy

1

20

EUC686

International Conflict Management

1

20

EUC666

Gender & Politics

2

20

EUC684

War in the 21st Century

2

20

EUC685

Power, Politics & Participation in the Digital Age

2

20

EUC687

The Politics of Militarism

2

20

EUC720

After Empire: South Asia since 1945

2

20

 

Group 2 – Minor Subject Modules

 

Choices of elective subject modules will be subject to satisfying any pre-requisites set out in individual module specifications.

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

Business

 

 

BSC520

Business Systems

1

10

BSC522

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

1

10

BSC524

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Planning

2

10

BSC575

Leadership & Interpersonal Skills

2

10

Economics

 

 

ECC012

Introduction to Financial Economics

1 & 2

20

ECC013

International Economic Relations

1 & 2

20

ECC014

Economics of the Financial System

1 & 2

20

ECC017

The Economics of Social Issues

2

20

English

 

 

EAC016

Cruel & Unusual: Punishment on trial in American Culture

1

20

EAC440

The Modern Poet

1

20

EAC001

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in 1890s

2

20

EAC701

Global America

2

20

Geography

 

 

GYC226

Geographies of Work & Life

1

10

GYC309

Feminist Geographies of Home

1

10

GYC107

Regional Worlds

2

20

GYC214

Geographies of Children and Youth

2

10

History

 

 

EUC703

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles and Sixties Britain

1

20

EUC713

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

1

20

EUC719

Convicts and Kangaroos: Australia 1788-1868

2

20

Languages

 

 

One or two 10-Credit modules, to be taken in Semesters 1 & 2, from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications. Languages offered are: French; German; Mandarin Chinese; Spanish

1 & 2

10/20

Social & Policy Studies

 

 

SSC024

Gender, Sex & Society

1

20

SSC238

Youth Justice

1

20

SSC212

Poverty, Pay and Living Standards

2

20

SSC357

Producing the News

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 programme percentage mark.

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