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BSc Social and Political Sciences

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline;
2. Deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the discipline;
3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
4. Describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;
5. Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the discipline;
6. Make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;
7. Apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out an extended piece of work or project;
8. Conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable.

Transferable (key) skills

1. The transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
2. The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
3. The deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
4. The communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
5. The ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


1. Demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
2. Work that draws on a wide variety of material;
3. The ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
4. Evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline;
5. Work that is typically both evaluative and creative.


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