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Programme structure: Social Policy and Politics (BSc) - what's running in 2021/22

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Students must select 20 credit points from the following list:
Understanding Public Policy SPOL20026 20 Optional TB-1
Theorising Social Welfare SPOL20059 20 Optional TB-2
and select 40 credit points from the following list:
Health Policy in a Global Context (SPS) SPOL20061 20 Optional TB-1
International Political Economy and Social Policy SPOL20063 20 Optional TB-2
Social Care in Crisis SPOL20047 20 Optional TB-1
Punishment in Society SPOL20052 20 Optional TB-2
Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Policy SPOL20019 20 Optional TB-1
Youth Policy and Social Welfare SPOL22022 20 Optional TB-1
Theorising Social Welfare SPOL20059 20 Optional TB-2
Understanding Public Policy SPOL20026 20 Optional TB-1
Social Research Methods SOAD20004 20 Optional TB-2
Work and Work Placements: Social Policy SPOL20042 20 Optional TB-4
Social Policy and Development SPOL20050 20 Optional TB-2
Youth, Sexualities and Gendered Violence SPOL22023 20 Optional TB-1
Harms of the Powerful SPOL20034 20 Optional TB-2
Criminalising Welfare SPOL20043 20 Optional TB-2
60 credit points from:
Rational Choice POLI21203 20 Optional TB-1
Development Studies POLI21213 20 Optional TB-1
Co-operation and Integration In Europe POLI21214 20 Optional TB-1
Modern British Government and Politics POLI20014 20 Optional TB-1
Democracy and US Government POLI21226 20 Optional TB-2
The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa POLI21231 20 Optional TB-1
Principles of Quantitative Social Science SOCI20069 20 Optional TB-1
Conducting a Research Project using Secondary Data POLI20001 20 Optional TB-2
Contemporary Political Theory POLI22202 20 Optional TB-1
Contemporary International Relations POLI20002 20 Optional TB-1
Power Politics and International Relations of East Asia POLI29008 20 Optional TB-2
NGO Development & Practice POLI20004 20 Optional TB-2
Understanding Genocide POLI20005 20 Optional TB-2
Russian Politics POLI20006 20 Optional TB-1
The History of Western Political Thought POLI20007 20 Optional TB-2
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia POLI20009 20 Optional TB-1
Global Justice POLI20010 20 Optional TB-1
Governing Through Insecurity: Institutions and Issues in Contemporary Security Governance POLI20013 20 Optional TB-2
Investigating Society (Politics) POLI20019 20 Optional TB-2
New Developments in International Relations Theory POLI20016 20 Optional TB-2
State and Non-State Violence in Latin America POLI20017 20 Optional TB-2
The Politics of the Environment POLI20018 20 Optional TB-1
Diploma of Higher Education   120    

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, the Gateway programmes and International Foundation programmes.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).

Additional progress information

Students who wish to take the Social Policy Dissertation unit in the final year must select SOAD20004 or or POLI20019 in Year 2.

Students who spend part of this year abroad, and so miss one of the mandatory Social Policy units will be expected either to select an appropriate replacement unit as part of their study abroad, or to take the corresponding third year unit in the following year.

Students are permitted to conditionally progress to the next year of study and make up a credit deficit where they have failed a particular unit or units provided this meets the conditions of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.
For further information and a definition of must pass units and conditional progression please see the Glossary of Terms.

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