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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA, BA + DPS, BA + DIntS
Programme title Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Programme code
Length of programme Typically 3 years (full-time)/ 4 years including DPS or DIntS
UCAS code
Admissions criteria
Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:04:11 BST

1. Programme Aims

The BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) offers students the opportunity to engage with and analyse contemporary and historical issues from three key disciplinary perspectives.  Drawing on the insights of key fields of study—Politics, Philosophy and Economics—this course provides students with the skills necessary to understand complex problems, evaluate available solutions, and advance their ideas persuasively through robust argument.

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

UK quality code for Higher Education, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 

QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Politics (2015), Philosophy (2015), and Economics (2015)

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: 

K1.       the core principles and ideas comprising each of the disciplines of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics respectively; 

K2.       competing interpretations of the political and economic contexts through which society has evolved and currently operates; 

K3.       philosophical frameworks with a particular emphasis on ethics and policy; 

K4.       theories and methods used in the study of Politics, Philosophy and Economics respectively; 

K5.       how the disciplines of Politics, Philosophy and Economics can be appropriately combined for the analysis of real-world problems.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1.       identify and apply appropriate research methods for the study of political, philosophical and/or economic phenomena;

C2.       critically evaluate political, philosophical and/or economic arguments, ideas and events and defend personal standpoint through reasoned argument;

C3.       use appropriate supporting evidence and illustrative examples to discuss and/or explain complex political, philosophical and/or economic ideas and events;

C4.       use analysis and argument to propose solutions to complex political, philosophical and/or economic problems

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1.       use appropriate information technologies to retrieve information from a variety of primary and secondary sources;

P2.       evaluate sources and the ethical issues relating to research in Politics, Philosophy and Economics;

P3.       undertake independent research in an area of Politics, Philosophy and/or Economics under supervision;

P4.       summarise and synthesise relevant academic and policy debates from an interdisciplinary perspective.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1.       manage personal learning and development efficiently and effectively;

T2.       evaluate alternative solutions to complex problems;

T3.       work with others for collective benefit and knowledge advancement;

T4.       communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral form to a range of diverse audiences.

4. Programme structure

In all Parts, compulsory and optional modules must be taken such that the total modular weight for the year is 120 credits, with a minimum modular weight of 50 credits in either semester. Credit distribution in any given academic year should be 60/60, 70/50 or 50/70.  All module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.

INTRODUCTORY MODULES     

Part A 

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules

Code

 Title

Credits

EUAXXX

Introduction to Philosophy (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

ECA501

Introductory Macroeconomics (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

ECA502

Introductory Microeconomics (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

Semester 1

Compulsory modules

Code

 Title

Credits

EUA001

Smart Scholarship

10

EUA802

Power, Politics & Ideology in Modern Europe

20

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

Code

 Title

Credits

EUA610

Conceptions of Democracy

10

EUA617

International Political Theory

10

EUA805

British Politics and Government

10

 

DEGREE MODULES

Part B 

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules

Code

 Title

Credits

EUBXXX

Philosophy, Epistemology & Metaphysics (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

ECB016

History of Economic Thought (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

ECB015

Economics of the Financial System (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

Semester 1

Compulsory modules  ( 20 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

EUB628

History of Political Thought

20

Semester 2

Compulsory modules  (20 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

EUB800

Research Design

10

EUB637

Political Simulation

10

Optional modules - Students should select one 20-credit module from either Semester 1 or Semester 2 

Semester One – optional modules 

Code

 Title

Credits

EUB601

The European Union

20

EUB619

Security Studies

20

EUB620

Comparative European Politics

20

Semester Two – optional modules 

Code

 Title

Credits

EUB632

Politics of Developing Countries

20

EUB634

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

20

  

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

EUI004

Diploma in International Studies

LAN900

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

GYI100

Year in Enterprise (DPS)

GYI200

Professional Training Placement & Overseas Study (6+6) (DIntS)

  

Part C 

80-credits are compulsory at Part C.Students should select 40-credits of optional modules. A maximum of 20-credits of Economics modules may be chosen.  The number of credits studied must not exceed 70 in any one semester.  Credit distribution should be 60/60, 70/50 or 50/70.    

Semester 1 and 2  

Compulsory modules  (40 credits)  

Code

 Title

Credits

EUCXXX

PPE Dissertation (Sem 1: 20 credits; Sem 2: 20 credits)

40

Optional modules - Students should choose either ECC012 OR ECC013  

Code

 Title

Credits

ECC012

Financial Economics (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

ECC013

International Economic Relations (Sem 1: 10 credits; Sem 2: 10 credits)

20

 Semester 1 

Compulsory modules  (20 credits)  

Code

 Title

Credits

EUC660

Contemporary Political Philosophy

20

Semester 1 - optional modules 

Code

 Title

Credits

EUC682

International Politics of the Middle East

20

EUC680

Populist Challenges to Western Democracies

20

EUC604

State, Violence and Terrorism

20

EUC688

Critical Security Studies

20

Semester 2  

Compulsory modules  (20 credits)  

Code

 Title

Credits

ECC017

The Economics of Social Issues

20

Semester 2 – optional modules 

Code

 Title

Credits

EUC685

Power, Politics and Participation in the Digital Age

20

EUC677

Britain and the EU

20

EUC684

War in the 21st Century

20

EUC720

After Empire: South Asia since 1945

20

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

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 satisfy the requirements set out in Regulation XX.

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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