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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 choose 60 credit points from the following units:
Contemporary Feminist Thought: Debates and Issues POLI30001 20 Optional TB-2
Justice between generations POLI30005 20 Optional TB-2
The Political Economy of China POLI30009 20 Optional TB-1
European Foreign Policy POLI30014 20 Optional TB-2
US Foreign Policy POLI30017 20 Optional TB-2
Secrecy, Power, Politics POLI30033 20 Optional TB-1
How to Win a Political Argument POLI30020 20 Optional TB-1
The Politics of Gender POLI31351 20 Optional TB-1
Post-Modern Political Theories POLI31367 20 Optional TB-2
Popular Culture and World Politics POLI31378 20 Optional TB-1
The Politics of Post Apartheid South Africa POLI31381 20 Optional TB-2
Critical Security Studies POLI31384 20 Optional TB-1
Dissertation POLI31555 40 Optional TB-4
Peacebuilding: Theory and Practice POLI31557 20 Optional TB-2
States and Markets POLI31559 20 Optional TB-1
Politics of Contemporary India POLI31563 20 Optional TB-1
Public Opinion and Democracy SOCI30072 20 Optional TB-2
Religion and Politics in the West SOCI30074 20 Optional TB-1
Risk, Danger and Disaster SOCI30098 20 Optional TB-1
The Politics of the Contemporary Labour Party POLI30024 20 Optional TB-1
The Politics of Human Rights POLI30026 20 Optional TB-1
Power, Politics and Food POLI30027 20 Optional TB-2
Northern Ireland: conflict and resolution POLI30040 20 Optional TB-1
Gender and Security POLI30032 20 Optional TB-1
Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Transition in Latin America POLI30036 20 Optional TB-1
Apocalypse or Ecotopia? POLI30037 20 Optional TB-1
Politics of Rebellion POLI30038 20 Optional TB-1
Populism POLI30039 20 Optional TB-2
Philosopher Queens POLI30041 20 Optional TB-2
Students select either three 20 credit point Social Policy units, Or the 40 credit point Dissertation unit SPOL30017 and one 20 credit point Social Policy unit, from the list below. Students who wish to take the Dissertation unit in the final year must have selected SOAD20004 Social Research Methods or POLI20019 Investigating the Political in Year 2.
Dissertation (Social Policy) SPOL30017 40 Optional TB-4
Migration: UK, EU and Global Policy Perspectives SPOL30069 20 Optional TB-2
Drugs and Society SPOL30011 20 Optional TB-2
Societal Change and the Transformation of Work SPOL32025 20 Optional TB-1
Gender based Violence SPOL30029 20 Optional TB-1
Cities and communities in the urban age SPOL30062 20 Optional TB-2
Disability in Society SPOL30075 20 Optional TB-2
Climate Emergency SPOL30074 20 Optional TB-1
Sex Power and Consumption SPOL30073 20 Optional TB-2
Understanding ‘Terrorism’ SPOL30065 20 Optional TB-1
Leisure, Pleasure and Harm SPOL30063 20 Optional TB-2
Students who were abroad in the second year and so did not take all mandatory second year units must include appropriately from:
Understanding Public Policy SPOL20026 20 Optional TB-1
Social Policy and Politics (BSc)   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).

Degree classifications:

  • First Class Honours 70 and above
  • Second Class Honours, First Division 60-69
  • Second Class Honours, Second Division 50-59
  • Third Class Honours 40-49
  • Fail 39 and below

An Ordinary degree can be awarded if a student has successfully completed at least 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6.

The pass mark for the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine and Dentistry is 50 out of 100. The classification of a degree in the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry is provided 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 in Year 2.

Most Social Policy optional units are approved at, and available at, both level I/5 and level H/6. The title of each unit is the same. Optional units are usually a run in alternate years so that each student will have the opportunity to choose to study that title at one or other level. In the event that a title is run in two successive years, a student may not select it in both years. So, for example, a student who has taken SPOL21008 Changing Families and the State, may not select SPOL31008 Changing Families and the State, even if it is available in their third year.

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