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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) History and Politics

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 - pre 2019
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)/BA (Hons) + DPS/BA (Hons) +DIntS
Programme title History and Politics
Programme code EUUB05
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 VL1F/VL1H
Admissions criteria

BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/vl1f

BA (Hons) + DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/vl1h

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:31:41 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with an intellectually stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both History and Politics.
  • To encourage a sense of enthusiasm for History and Politics; to foster critical, creative and independent thinking; and to develop a sensitive and disciplined approach.
  • To stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in both subjects.
  • 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 Subject Benchmarking Statement - History
  • QAA Subject Benchmarking Statement – Politics and International Relations

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:

  • the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader framework of the social sciences and humanities;
  • the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of texts, other sources and data;

and within the History portion of the programme:

  • past societies and historical processes over a chronological and geographical range;
  • the use of primary evidence in historical argument;
  • History as an academic discipline, its schools of interpretations, and the variety of methodological approaches and theoretical foundations;

and within the Politics portion of the programme:

  • how peoples, ideas and institutions interact and how values and resources are allocated through government and society;
  • related questions of power, conflict, justice, order, legitimacy and decision-making;
  • approaches derived from political theory and political analysis;
  • appropriate research methods and methodologies and how to apply these

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  1. demonstrate a reflexive approach to learning;
  2. abstract and synthesise information;
  3. assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments;
  4. critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including texts, other sources and data;
  5. undertake problem-solving and decision-making;
  6. develop a reasoned argument;

 and within the History portion of the programme: 

  1. appreciate the complexities and diversity of past events and mentalities;
  2. show a critical awareness of the problems inherent in historical sources and in interpreting the past;
  3. solve problems with imagination and creativity; 

and within the Politics portion of the programme: 

  1.  describe, evaluate and, where appropriate, critique political events, ideas and institutions;
  1. relate theory and political analysis to questions of ethical, moral and public concern.
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:

On successful completion of this programme, students should have developed skills in the areas of communication, presentations, self-organisation, working with others and time-management, and gained experience of using information and communication technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information.

4. Programme structure

History & Politics

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.

 

Part A – Introductory Modules

 

History Component

 

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

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIA001

Smart Scholarship

1

10

PIA705

Atlantic World

1

20

PIA704

What is History?

2

10

 

(ii) Optional Modules (total modular weight 20 Credits)

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

Either:

 

 

PIA800

The Making & Unmaking of the World Order (20 Credit)

2

20

Or, for candidates taking a Language Option:

 

 

PIA803

The Making & Unmaking of the World Order (10 Credit)

2

10

and

 

 

 

Languages

 

 

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

2

10

 

Politics Component

 

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

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIA801

Power, Politics & Ideology in Modern Europe

1

20

PIA617

International Political Theory

2

10

PIA805

British Politics and Government

2

10

 

(ii) Optional Modules (total modular weight 20 Credits)

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

Either:

 

 

PIA601

Contemporary World Arena (20 Credit)

1

20

Or, for candidates taking a Language Option:

 

 

PIA620

Contemporary World Arena (10 Credit)

1

10

And

 

 

 

Languages

 

 

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

1

10

 

 

Part B – Degree Modules

 

EITHER

 

(a) Standard Route

 

(i) Compulsory Modules (total modular weight20 Credits)

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIB605

Theories & Methods in Political Research

1

10

PIB735

Understanding History

1

10

PIB800

Research Design

2

10

 

(ii) Other Modules (total modular weight 90 Credits)

 

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

 

Students should choose 90 Credits, of which 40 Credits must be from the History Component, and at least 30 Credits from the Politics Component.

 

Group 1 - History Component

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective

1

20

PIB724

Slavery in Global History

1

20

PIB728

Victorian Values Reconsidered

1

20

PIB634

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

2

20

PIB639

From Rebellion to Partition: British India 1857-1947

2

20

PIB712

Modern Germany: Recovery from Ruin, 1945 – present

2

20

 

Group 2 - Politics Component

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIB601

The European Union (20 Credit)

1

20

PIB604

Comparative European Politics (20 Credit)

1

20

PIB620

Comparative European Politics (10 Credit)

1

10

PIB625

The European Union (10 Credit)

1

10

PIB628

History of Political Thought (20 Credit)

1

20

PIB632

Politics of Developing Countries

2

20

PIB637

Political Simulation

2

10

PIB638

The Politics of Star Wars

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

 

 

OR

 

(b) International Semester Route

 

Students 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, students will undertake assessed work equivalent to 50 credits, as required by Politics and International Studies, along with a Distance Learning Research Design module. Students who opt for this route must ensure that they have selected a total of 60 Credits in Semester 1.

 

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

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIB735

Understanding History

1

10

PIB001

International Semester

2

50

PIB801

Research Design (Distance Learning)

2

10

 

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

 

Students should choose a total modular weight of 20 Credits from the History component and 30 Credits from the Politics Component.  Please note that modules in Group 3 count as either History or Politics.

 

 

 

Group 1 - History Component

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIB714

Modern China in a Global Perspective

1

20

PIB724

Slavery in Global History

1

20

PIB728

Victorian Values Reconsidered

1

20

 

Group 2 - Politics Component

Students should choose a total modular weight of 30 Credits from this component.

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIB604

Comparative European Politics (20 Credit)

1

20

PIB620

Comparative European Politics (10 Credit)

1

10

PIB628

History of Political Thought (20 Credit)

1

20

PIB601

The European Union (20 Credit)

1

20

PIB625

The European Union (10 Credit)

1

10

Languages

 

 

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

1

10

 

 

Part I

Students 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

PII003

Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)

PII004

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 Module (total modular weight 40 Credits)

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIC800

Dissertation

1 & 2

40

 

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

Students should take 60 Credits in the History Component and 60 Credits in the Politics Component.  The Dissertation weight of 40 Credits will be split equally between the two components, so students will need to choose 80 Credits of optional modules, 40 in each component.

 

History Component

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIC665

Postwar Britain: The Start of the Decline

1

20

PIC703

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles and Sixties Britain

1

20

PIC713

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

1

20

PIC714

The Soviet Security State, 1917 – present

1

20

PIC716

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

1

20

PIC719

Convicts and Kangaroos: Australia 1788-1868

2

20

PIC720

After Empire: South Asia since 1945

2

20

PIC721

Forgotten Fronts – The Second World War in East Asia

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

 

Politics Component

 

Module Code

Module Title

Semester

Modular Weight

PIC604

State, Violence & Terrorism

1

20

PIC628

The Asia-Pacific in Global Politics

1

20

PIC660

Contemporary Political Philosophy

1

20

PIC677

Britain and the European Union

1

20

PIC666

Gender & Politics

2

20

PIC680

The Populist Challenge to Democracy

2

20

PIC684

War in the 21st Century

2

20

PIC685

Power, Politics & Participation in the Digital Age

2

20

PIC687

The Politics of Militarism

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

 

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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