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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Politics and Theology and Religious Studies

Programme code:BA-POLI&TRSUCAS code:LV26
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Jonathan Topham Contact address:J.R.Topham@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

ABB at A-level

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Theology & Religious Studies
Politics and International Relations

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours student but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.

General
- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds joint honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available.
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree.
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.

The programme will enable students to understand scholarship and recent research in both Politics and Theology and Religious Studies. They will have the opportunity to deploy various techniques of analysis and enquiry within both Politics and Theology and Religious Studies. The programme will critically engage with the nature of Political Studies furnishing the student with a historically informed and theoretically aware academic understanding of the dynamics of political phenomena and an in depth understanding of political processes, both at the domestic and international levels. Students will develop a depth of awareness of the intellectual disciplines through which religions may be approached, and will develop an understanding of theoretical, methodological, contextual, ethical and other debates within the broad field of Theology and Religious Studies. All teaching is informed by the research strengths of staff, and students will have opportunities for research-based learning throughout their programme.

Study in the programme is structured in ways that allow students to achieve depth in their studies, and opportunities for demonstrating proficiency in the application of method and theory in both subjects. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop interests and skills develop their own informed opinions and to undertake autonomous study.

The Industrial variant of the programme allows students to spend a year on placement in an appropriate graduate setting. The International variant allows students to spend a year studying abroad as part of their degree programme.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 125 credits.

In level 1, students are required to pass a minimum of 40 credits in each of their two main subjects, plus a 5-credit Academic Skills module. The further 40 credits may consist of Discovery Modules in a third subject or may consist of further modules in one or both main subjects. Students must pass 100 credits and all core modules as identified in the programme.



Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS1025Introduction to Academic Skills5 creditsSemester 1
THEO1930Introduction to the Study of Religion/s10 creditsSemester 1
THEO1970Introducing Theology10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study in addition a minimum of 20 credits from the following list.

ARAB1030Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1
PRHS1000Visions of Humanity: Philosophical, Religious and Scientific Perspectives20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO1015Introduction to the Study of Islam10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1350Introduction to the Bible10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1760Studying Christianity10 creditsSemester 1
THEO1900Introduction to South Asian Religions10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1910Religion in Modern Africa10 creditsSemester 2
THEO1920Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World10 creditsSemester 1
THEO1960Religion in Modern Britain10 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may spend some or all of their discovery credits on the following optional modules:

PIED1100British Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1201Global Development Challenges20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1212Making of the Modern World20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1511International Politics20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits.

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Politics: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Theology and Religious Studies: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)

- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.


In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 2 and all core modules to proceed to the next level of the programme.

Compulsory modules:

THEO2300Studying Religion in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following Political Theory modules:

PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study one of the following Government and Political Systems modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 1
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may choose to study additional credits from the following optional modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 1
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2711Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2721Approaches to Analysis20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2810Career Planning for POLIS Students20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2811Career Planning for POLIS Students20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates are required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2
PRHS2000Human Rights and Religion20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2000Theology and Religious Studies Students into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO2201Hindu Traditions20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2251Sociology of Religion20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2295Humanity in Christian Thought: Theological Anthropology20 creditsSemester 1
THEO2450A Key Thinker in Philosophy of Religion: In Dialogue20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2651Reading New Testament Texts20 creditsNot running in 201718
THEO2720Religion, Gender and Society20 creditsSemester 2
THEO2780Pentecostalism as a Public Religion in Africa20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits.

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Politics: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Theology and Religious Studies: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)

- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 3 and all core modules to proceed to gain the degree.

Optional modules:

Candidates must take ONE of the following modules:

PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3700External Placement: Beyond the University40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
THEO3880The Religious Mapping of Leeds40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates not taking PIED3750 will be required to study 40 credits of optional modules to be chosen from the following list of third level modules in POLIS.

PIED3155British Political Parties20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3170The End of British Politics?20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3172Parliaments and the Public20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3206The Politics of Aid20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3302Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3403Politics of Islamism20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3405Israel: Politics and Society20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3407Israel: Politics and Society20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3502The Responsibility to Protect and to Prosecute20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3503Crisis Diplomacy: Coercion, Sanctions and the Use of Force in International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3505Dirty War: Insurgency, the State and Cities20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3601Exploring Political Theory20 creditsNot running in 201718
PIED3603Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates may choose some or all of their remaining credits from the following list of optional modules:

ARTF3042Cultural Diversity in Museum and Material Culture - Case Study20 creditsSemester 2
EAST3707Buddhism: A Lived Tradition20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3690Medieval Philosophy20 creditsNot running in 201718
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3021Muslims in Britain: Transnational Communities and Multicultural Politics20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3040Ideologies of Hebrew Bible Texts and Readers20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3190Religions and Global Development20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3220Sin20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3280Religion, Politics and the Future20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3295Humanity in Christian Thought: Theological Anthropology20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3306Hindu Traditions20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 creditsSemester 1
THEO3780Pentecostalism as a Public Religion in Africa20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 08/05/2017

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