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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Politics and Social Policy

Programme code:BA-POLI&SOPCUCAS code:LL42
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Andrew Wallace Contact address:a.r.wallace@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAB at A-level plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C.
International Baccalaureate: 36 points overall, including 17 at the Higher Level.

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

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

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.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits.

In level 1, students are required to pass a minimum of 40 credits in each of their two main subjects. The further 40 credits may consist of elective 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
SLSP1210Formations of Modernity20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP1220Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates may take 0-20 credits of the following optional modules:

SLSP1160Understanding and Researching the City20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP1170Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society20 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.


Year2 - 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)
- Social Policy: 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:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP2010Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods
Pre-requisite for: SLSP3051 or PIED3750
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLSP2650Key Debates in Social Policy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study 20 credits from the following Political Theory modules:

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

Candidates are required to study at least 20 credits from the following Government and Political Systems modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 1
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 1
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:

PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 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
PIED2810Career Planning for POLIS Students20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following list of optional modules:

SLSP2020Crime, Law and Regulation20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2040Disability Studies: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2050The Sociology of Gender20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2062Health and Society20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2145Crime, Race and Ethnicity20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2150Debates in Childhood and Youth20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2180The Sociology of Culture20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2675Sociology of Work20 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP2690Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2953Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2975Social and Public Policy beyond the University20 creditsSemester 2

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.


Year3 - 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)
- Social Policy: 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.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study one of the following 40 credit modules:

PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLSP3051Social Policy Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates are required to take 20 credits from the following Key Debates modules:

SLSP3075Disability and Development20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3160Education, Culture and Society20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP3211State Crime and Immorality20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3220Contemporary Children, Young People and Families20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study at least 40-60 credits from the following optional modules if they have taken SLSP3051 Social Policy Dissertation:

PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3160Prime Ministers and British Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3170The End of British Politics?20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3172Parliaments and the Public20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3206The Politics of Aid20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3302Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3408Nuclear Weapons and Global Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3505Dirty War: Insurgency, the State and Cities20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3603Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3608Philosophy of Human Rights20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3702Introduction to Programming for Social Science20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to take 20-40 credits from the following list of optional modules if they have taken PIED3750 Disseration

SLSP3065Quantitative Social Research20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP3075Disability and Development20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3101Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies20 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP3120Disability Rights and the International Policy Context20 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP3160Education, Culture and Society20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP3211State Crime and Immorality20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3220Contemporary Children, Young People and Families20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP3230Global Terrorism and Violence20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3242The Social Life of Data20 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP3500Gender, Technologies and the Body20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3930Sociology of Consumerism20 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP3961Protest and Social Movements20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP3995Ethnicity and Popular Culture20 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: 23/05/2019

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