Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Politics and Sociology

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Politics and Sociology
DipHE Politics and Sociology
CertHE Politics and Sociology

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time ULB10001 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY ULB10001 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

JACs code

L200, L300

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Politics and International Relations, Sociology

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Politics

Programme Leader

THOMPSON L Dr (Politics)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

To enable students to understand and use a range of concepts, approaches and methods appropriate to politics, and to develop an understanding of their contested nature and of the problematic character of political enquiry.

To provide students with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of theory and analysis, and to encourage them to apply these to issues in contemporary international affairs.

To develop students' capacity to think critically about events, ideas, people and institutions at local, national, regional and international levels.

To assist students to develop a range of cognitive and social skills relevant to their intellectual, vocational and personal development

To give students opportunities to apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding to the resolution of real-life problems and so develop their skills in respect of professional as well as academic life.

To provide a curriculum which encourages breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate, supported by scholarship, a research culture, and staff reflection and development

To create a learning environment that is receptive to the needs and views of students and encourages them to achieve their full potential, even while fostering an atmosphere where students as independent learners can take responsibility for their own learning processes.

To understand and respect issues related to diversity and to employ a range of methods and approaches in relation to diverse needs.

To build students' understanding of two related but increasingly separately-studied disciplines.

To help students see the real-life connections between Politics and Sociology and to relate insights developed at the theoretical level to empirical evidence

To prepare students for life and work in a globalising world economy where the political impacts upon the societal and the societal on the political

To provide students with a genuinely integrated approach to the two subject areas.

To develop students' skills in respect of mixed research methods but with a particular emphasis on those methodologies that seek to deliver understanding (versus explanation)

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics and sociology K BSc (Hons)
Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics and sociology to the analysis of the political and social arenas, demonstrating awareness that both disciplines are focused on the human context and human activities K BSc (Hons)
Evaluate different interpretations of political and sociological issues, events and policies. K BSc (Hons)
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in relation to both disciplines K BSc (Hons)
Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources C BSc (Hons)
Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and commend solutions to specified problems C BSc (Hons)
Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data C BSc (Hons)
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply forward constructive feedback C BSc (Hons)
Manage learning processes in a self-critical and appropriately independent fashion. C BSc (Hons)
Recognise the importance of demonstrating good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics C BSc (Hons)
Independent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes C BSc (Hons)
Application of theory to practice C BSc (Hons)
Research P BSc (Hons)
Numeracy P BSc (Hons)
Critical Thought P BSc (Hons)
Computer Literacy P BSc (Hons)
Information Literacy P BSc (Hons)
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written. T BSc (Hons)
Effective use of computer and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data T BSc (Hons)
Ability to work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands, emerge as a well-organised and mature learner. T BSc (Hons)
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks T BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics and sociology K Ord
Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics and sociology to the analysis of the political and social arenas, demonstrating awareness that both disciplines are focused on the human context and human activities K Ord
Evaluate different interpretations of political and sociological issues, events and policies. K Ord
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in relation to both disciplines K Ord
Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources C Ord
Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and commend solutions to specified problems C Ord
Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data C Ord
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply forward constructive feedback C Ord
Manage learning processes in a self-critical and appropriately independent fashion C Ord
Recognise the importance of demonstrating good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics C Ord
Independent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes C Ord
Application of theory to practice C Ord
Research P Ord
Numeracy P Ord
Critical Thought P Ord
Computer Literacy P Ord
Information Literacy P Ord
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written T Ord
Effective use of computer and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. T Ord
Ability to work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands, emerge as a well-organised and mature learner T Ord
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks T Ord
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics and sociology K CertHE
Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics and sociology to the analysis of the political and social arenas, demonstrating awareness that both disciplines are focused on the human context and human activities K CertHE
Evaluate different interpretations of political and sociological issues, events and policies. K CertHE
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in relation to both disciplines K CertHE
Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a variety of secondary sources”. C CertHE
Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and commend solutions to specified problems C CertHE
Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data C CertHE
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply forward constructive feedback C CertHE
Manage learning processes in a self-critical and appropriately independent fashion C CertHE
Recognise the importance of demonstrating good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics C CertHE
Application of theory to practice C CertHE
Research P CertHE
Critical Thought P CertHE
Computer Literacy P CertHE
Information Literacy P CertHE
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written T CertHE
Ability to work independently. T CertHE
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks T CertHE
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics and sociology K DipHE
Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics and sociology to the analysis of the political and social arenas, demonstrating awareness that both disciplines are focused on the human context and human activities K DipHE
Evaluate different interpretations of political and sociological issues, events and policies K DipHE
Understand the relationship between argument and evidence in relation to both disciplines K DipHE
Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources C DipHE
Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and commend solutions to specified problems C DipHE
Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data C DipHE
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply forward constructive feedback C DipHE
Manage learning processes in a self-critical and appropriately independent fashion C DipHE
Recognise the importance of demonstrating good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics C DipHE
Independent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes C DipHE
Application of theory to practice C DipHE
Research P DipHE
Numeracy P DipHE
Critical Thought P DipHE
Computer Literacy P DipHE
Information Literacy P DipHE
Effective and fluent communication skills - oral and written T DipHE
Effective use of computer and information technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. T DipHE
Ability to work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands T DipHE
Capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks T DipHE

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester
2

Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Students must choose 1 of the above 3 modules.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) Y Yes
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.