Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 10/09/2015
College College Social Sciences
School School of Social Policy
Department Soc Policy, Sociology & Crimin
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Policy, Politics and Economics Full-time
Programme Code 9867
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme This interdisciplinary programme links Social Policy, Politics and Economics, offering students the opportunity to build a tailored degree drawing on the excellent research and teaching skills of 3 Schools within the College of Social Sciences. This is particularly suited to students who wish to gain a broader educational experience than might be offered by more traditional single-discipline degrees.

Students are able to study linked perspectives that cross traditional disciplinary divides offering new analytical insight into 21st Century society.

A major strength of the programme is the opportunity for students to focus their studies on specific areas while at the same time gaining a solid understanding of associated processes. For example, in the spine module 'Global Issues: Perspectives from Policy, Politics and Economics' (stage II) ‘risk and terror’ is one of the issues of focus. This would be examined primarily using social and political policy perspectives but the economic implications of such policies would also be considered.

In addition, this combination of sharply focused study along with a breadth and depth of understanding means that the unique nature of this programme will help to enhance graduate employability through the development of critical and analytical thinking; enquiry based learning, oral and written presentation skills as well as time management and group/team working skills.

In the currently uncertain employment climate this programme will be particularly attractive to students because it combines discipline, knowledge and skills with investigations of real world issues that are of value in both the public and private sectors.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The scope, contested nature, development and implementation of Social Policy
A coherent core of economics and business principles.
The scope, development and contested nature and history of politics, political thought and political science
The congruence and dissonance between the range of theoretical, social, political and economic perspectives through which the social world is conceptualised and analysed
Research methods and methodologies
The application of disciplinary and interdisciplinary principles to applied topics such as policy analysis, and country comparative matters.
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, presentations, student-led discussions.
Essays, Unseen Examinations, Assessed presentations.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Writing and literacy skills
The ability to use appropriate research methods and methodologies: independent research skills
Skills, of critical analysis, logic and argument
Oral communication skills
Time management skills
Group work skills
The ability to work independently and reflexively.
Lectures (provided by academics across the three disciplines), seminars, tutorials, dissertation support, workshops, presentations, student-led discussions. Project work.

These will include exploration of the congruence and dissonance of the three disciplines within the degree programme.
Essays, Dissertation, Unseen examinations, Assessed presentations.