Politics BSc (Hons) - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Politics

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
DipHE Politics
CertHE Politics
Ord Politics

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time ULB10006 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY ULB10006 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Politics and International Relations

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Politics

Programme Leader

KITCHEN Nicholas (Politics)

Date of production/revision of spec

11/04/2024

Educational aims of the programme

  • The programme is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience
  • To assist students to develop a range of cognitive and social skills relevant to their intellectual, vocational and personal 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 develop students' capacity to think critically about events, ideas, people and institutions at local, national, regional and international levels, opening up their cultural and global horizons.
  • 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 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 provide students with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of theory and analysis, and to encourage them to apply these to issues in contemporary national and international affairs.
  • To understand and respect issues related to diversity and to employ a range of methods and approaches in relation to diverse needs.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics + IR. K BSc (Hons)
Apply concepts, theories + methods at an advanced level used in the study of politics and IR to the analysis of the political arena, and in doing so demonstrating advanced knowledge of the working of political systems at the national and international level. KPT BSc (Hons)
Evaluate in an advanced fashion different interpretations of political issues, events and policies for national and international contexts, reflecting on issues of global diversity, networked societies and sustainable thinking. KPT BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the relationship between argument and evidence in the discipline of politics and IR. K BSc (Hons)
Gather, organise, and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety secondary and primary sources in an advanced way. CT BSc (Hons)
Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and commend solutions to specified problems, reflecting on issues of global diversity, networked societies and sustainable thinking. CPT BSc (Hons)
Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data in an advanced fashion. CPT BSc (Hons)
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply constructive feedback. CPT BSc (Hons)
Recognise the importance of demonstrating and good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics. CT BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate an in dependent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes. CP BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, both oral and written. PT BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate effective and appropriate use of computer and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. T BSc (Hons)
Work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands, emerge as a well-organised, self-critical and mature learner, ready to tackle problems in a globalised, networked, digital and sustainable thinking environment. PT BSc (Hons)
Show a capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks. T BSc (Hons)
Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics + IR. K DipHE
Apply concepts and theories + methods in a way that demonstrates a breadth of knowledge as used in the study of politics and IR to the analysis of the political arena, and in doing so demonstrating a robust knowledge of the working of political systems at the national and international level. KPT DipHE
Evaluate in a substantive fashion different interpretations of political issues, events and policies for national and international contexts, reflecting on issues of global diversity, networked societies and sustainable thinking. KPT DipHE
Demonstrate an robust understanding of the relationship between argument and evidence in the discipline of politics and IR. K DipHE
Gather, organise, and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety secondary and primary sources. CT DipHE
Identify, investigate, and commend solutions to specified problems, reflecting on issues of global diversity, networked societies and sustainable thinking. CPT DipHE
Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data in a substantive fashion. CPT DipHE
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply constructive feedback. CPT DipHE
Recognise the importance of demonstrating and good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics. CT DipHE
Demonstrate an in dependent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes. CP DipHE
Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, both oral and written. PT DipHE
Demonstrate effective and appropriate use of computer and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. C DipHE
Work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands, ready to tackle problems in a globalised, networked, digital and sustainable thinking environment. PT DipHE
Show a capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks. T DipHE
Demonstrate general knowledge of key concepts, principles and theoretical approaches associated with the study of politics + IR. K CertHE
Apply concepts and theories + methods in a way that demonstrates a general knowledge of the study of politics and IR to the analysis of the political arena, and in doing so demonstrating good knowledge of the working of political systems at the national and international level. KPT CertHE
Evaluate in an effective fashion different interpretations of political issues, events and policies for national and international contexts, reflecting on issues of global diversity, networked societies and sustainable thinking. KPT CertHE
Develop a solid understanding of the relationship between argument and evidence in the discipline of politics and IR. K CertHE
Gather, organise, and deploy evidence and information from a variety secondary sources. CT CertHE
Identify and commend solutions to specified problems, reflecting on issues of global diversity, networked societies and sustainable thinking. CPT CertHE
Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the articulation and application of evidence/data in a basic. CPT CertHE
Reflect on self and peer learning. Seek and apply constructive feedback. CPT CertHE
Recognise the importance of demonstrating and good research skills, especially related to academic integrity and ethics. CT CertHE
Demonstrate an in dependent attitude to study which requires critical and reflective use of statistics and computer technology for learning purposes. CP CertHE
Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, both oral and written. PT CertHE
Demonstrate effective and appropriate use of computer and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information and data. C CertHE
Work independently, demonstrate capacity for initiative, manage time and competing demands, ready to tackle problems in a globalised, networked, digital and sustainable thinking environment. PT CertHE
Show a capacity to collaborate with others in large or small groups in order to achieve clearly defined tasks. T CertHE

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

Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Module Selection for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5

Semester 1 you will study this compulsory module (15 credits):

POL2027 - APPROACHES TO RESEARCH

Semester 2 you will study two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

POL2028 - RESEARCH METHODS
POL2029 - THEM AND US: COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

In addition to the compulsory modules, select THREE optional modules in Semester 1, and TWO optional modules in Semester 2 (15 credits each).

POL2027 - APPROACHES TO RESEARCH requires students to have obtained 55% or above in their final mark to select POL3061 DISSERTATION in the final year.

Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Module Selection for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

All modules are optional.

Students must complete a total of 120 credits. Students taking the dissertation module should select no more than 3 additional modules in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

POL2027 - APPROACHES TO RESEARCH requires students to have obtained 55% or above in their final mark to select POL3061 DISSERTATION in the final year.

Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5

Module Selection for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5

Semester 1 you will study this compulsory module (15 credits):

POL2027 - APPROACHES TO RESEARCH

Semester 2 you will study two compulsory modules (15 credits each):

POL2028 - RESEARCH METHODS
POL2029 - THEM AND US: COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

In addition to the compulsory modules, select THREE optional modules in Semester 1, and TWO optional modules in Semester 2 (15 credits each).

POL2027 - APPROACHES TO RESEARCH requires students to have obtained 55% or above in their final mark to select POL3061 DISSERTATION in the final year.

Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Module Selection for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

All modules are optional.

Students must complete a total of 120 credits. Students taking the dissertation module should select no more than 3 additional modules in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

POL2027 - APPROACHES TO RESEARCH requires students to have obtained 55% or above in their final mark to select POL3061 DISSERTATION in the final year.

Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Module Selection for Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Students must choose 1 of the above 3 modules.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest 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
Study exchange (Level 5) Y
Dual degree N

Other information

Students can transfer between the programmes at any point over the duration of their study.
Students are made aware of the variants of the different programmes during welcome week and during module option choice meetings. Students are also advised to consult personal tutors and programme leaders when considering a switch in their programme.

Resourcefulness and resilience: Students are offered numerous opportunities for receiving support throughout their studies with the presence of a strong departmental network both in academic and pastoral terms. The programmes however are designed to increase students inquisitive nature and learn to go beyond their object of study, extend the scope of their knowledge and encouraged to challenge established knowledge. In this way, they develop a mindset based on grabbing opportunities, on seeking for alternative solutions, on leading the next generation of thinkers, and on standing on their own feet. Every module challenges conventional thinking, and offers a series of problems that require solutions. Hence, across the programme students learn to respond creatively, and with confidence, to opportunities, challenges and setbacks, find their own solutions with an increasing level of independence, and reflect and learn from their own experiences and from the world around them in social, political and economic terms.

Digital Capabilities: This programme offers a continuous engagement with the University's Virtual Learning Environment (SurreyLearn). Modules and assignments utilise SurreyLearn as a scaffolding platform that allows students to benefit from other digital resources, video content and online databases. The programme contains dedicated modules that facilitate the development of students as researchers, becoming well versed in statistics, visual analysis, qualitative content analysis, use of existing datasets and by extension, becoming well-versed in incorporating these tools in their own work (formative or summative). Within specific modules, online collaborative tools are encouraged as well as extensive training on our digital footprint in society and beyond, and the importance of digital capabilities in international affairs, modern democratic systems and policymaking processes.

Employability: All modules contain skills-based assignments and authentic assessment that helps students prepare for the real world and are designed with the feedback the Department receives from employers as to what they are looking for in graduates. The programme is designed as a Bachelor of Science, meaning the training in research methods prepares students for the job market. Exposure to R and other contemporary tools, preparation of policy briefs, simulation games, and direct engagement with practitioners through masterclasses and guest lectures means that students are acquiring a first-hand taste of the world beyond academia. The programme nurtures future leaders in politics and international relations, and public affairs more widely by developing critical thinking and analysis, applied skills in terms of methods and research design, high quality assessment of evidence and information, as well as generative thinking that can lead to innovative ideas and solution-driven graduates. The programme refreshes by default as it follows current affairs and political developments, so students remain always up to date. Finally, professional training opportunities are available to all students in between their second and final year as part of the PTY offering, alongside opportunities within the Department to engage in professional experience activities and projects.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: the nature of politics, international relations and public affairs more widely requires the development of global and cultural capabilities. Exploring issues that extend beyond domestic borders and jurisdictions, looking at transnational cooperation and dealing with issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, students are exposed to a spectrum of different opinions where they have to substantiate their point of view, demonstrate empathy for others' opinions and conditions, and debate contemporary issues that concern modern political dialogue. Discussions around inequalities, structural barriers, political traditions, policy styles and recognising the diversity of political systems across different parts of the world becomes central in the development of students' knowledge, and prominent lenses in completing assignments, reading, and other learning activities in the classroom and beyond. The programme benefits from the ability of students to take on a Professional Training Year opportunity and study and work anywhere in the world as they wish and according to University policy.

Sustainability: From the very beginning of their studies, students begin to consider the future of our societies within a political and international context and how decisions taken today may affect the world outlook tomorrow. Therefore, issues of sustainable societies are at the forefront, alongside the political aspects of global and transregional environmental problems that lead to conflict, migration, displacement, inequalities and availability of resources required for sustainable state, international system and global society. Students have the opportunity to further explore such issues in their own research project and benefit from the wider University opportunities for collaboration with relevant researchers and sustainability practitioners that are brought in as guests in many modules.

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 2024/5 academic year.