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Unit information: Study Abroad (Term) in 2021/22

Unit name Study Abroad (Term)
Unit code SPAI20030
Credit points 60
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. King
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of years 1 of the programme in Single/Joint Honours programmes held and governed by SPAIS, including meeting all grade and other requirements set by SPAIS Study Abroad Programme



School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

A term abroad of approved study in Politics/Sociology with a designated partner university with which the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, or the University International Office has links.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Specific learning outcomes will depend on the institution selected and the units studied. However, it is anticipated that students will also benefit from the following:

Experience of Sociology/Politics in a wider non-UK context;

Experience of different teaching and study methods and styles and the chance to extend knowledge beyond the units that are delivered in Bristol;

Experience of international experience, including living, studying and engaging in a different country, culture and national context; and

The opportunity to broaden horizons and be immersed in a new and exciting environment.

Teaching Information

Dependent on the host institution and the units selected.

Assessment Information

Assessment will clearly depend on the host institution and the units of study selected.

Students will be expected to select units of study at a level equivalent to University of Bristol Level.

As a term abroad, students must also ensure they enrol in units which ensure fulfilment of their degree requirements, ie) requisite units.

Student must obtain formal sign off from SPAIS Study Abroad Academic Director of all term abroad units.

The mark for this unit will be derived solely from the translation of the marks achieved at the host University via algorithms agreed by the University of Bristol.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.