Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Placement Year)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2023/24 - 2024/25
Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Placement Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
BA L917
08/05/2024

Details

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

A-levels: ABB, including one essay based subject

GCSEs: Law with Finance requires GCSE Maths grade C/4

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 32 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655, including a Higher Level essay based subject grade 5.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

T-levels: Distinction, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

What if I don’t achieve the grades I hoped?
If your final grades are not as high as you had hoped, the good news is you may still be able to secure a place with us on a course which includes a foundation year. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

What if I have a non-traditional academic background?
Don’t worry. To gain a deeper knowledge of your course suitability, we will look at your educational and employment history, together with your personal statement and reference.

You may be considered for entry into Year 1 of your chosen course. Alternatively, some UK and EU applicants may be considered for Essex Pathways, an additional year of study (known as a foundation year/year 0) helping students gain the necessary skills and knowledge in order to succeed on their chosen course. You can find a list of Essex Pathways courses and entry requirements here

If you are a mature student, further information is here.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

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Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

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Dr Francisco Carballo

Lecturer in the Politics and Culture of Latin America

Goldsmiths, University of London

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2023/24

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  CS101-4-FY-CO  Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture  Compulsory  30  30 
02  HU100-4-FY-CO  Foundations of Human Rights  Compulsory  30  30 
03    Global Studies History option(s) from list  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
04    CS143-4-SP and International or Language option from list  Optional  30  30 
05  CS711-4-FY-CO  Skills for University Studies  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HU200-5-FY-CO  Human Rights, Regional Systems & Global Challenges  Compulsory  30  30 
02  CS201-5-FY-CO  The World in Question: The Social, Cultural, Political & Environmental Legacies of the Enlightenment  Compulsory  30  30 
03  CS200-5-AU-CO  Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action  Compulsory  15  15 
04    International or Language option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05    CS207-5-AU and/or International option from list  Optional  15  15 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  CS703-6-FY-CO  Placement Year  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  HU300-6-FY-CO  Selected Issues in Human Rights  Compulsory  30  30 
02  CS315-6-SP-CO  CS315-6-SP - CAPSTONE  Compulsory  15  15 
03    International or Language option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
04    International option(s) from list  Optional  30  30 
05    CS307-6-AU and/or International option from list  Optional  15  15 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To develop students’ ability to understand work roles through a placement.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some of the social, political and economic processes that have shaped the world.

A2: Students will be able to demonstrate, through a variety of means, a knowledge and understanding of the different styles of enquiry in a range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

A3: Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of some philosophical, political, sociological, economic and historical perspectives on human rights.

A101: To provide the opportunity to apply academic learning outcomes in a work-related context

A102: To develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.

Learning methods

A1 and A2 are acquired through core module lectures and classes in years 0, 1, 2 and the final year. A3 is acquired in Human Rights modules.

Assessment methods

These skills are assessed in continuous coursework plus oral and written exams in all years. A3 is assessed in Human Rights modules.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Students will use their discipline-based training to think critically and analytically in relation to a number of different academic disciplines

B2: Students will be able to appreciate the distinctive contributions that different academic disciplines make to the study of human rights.

B3: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of key research methods relevant to investigating human rights.

B4: Students will be able to identify, analyse and solve problems, using appropriate techniques of writing, methodologies and theories.

B5: Students will be able to demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought.

Learning methods

B1, B4, and B5 are acquired in classes and seminars, in group discussion and through the submission of coursework in all years. Students are expected to do independent research to consolidate classwork. B1 and B4 are also acquired through lectures and feedback on course work. Students are encouraged to compare the approaches of different disciplines and to think across disciplines. B2 and B3 are acquired in Human Rights modules.

Assessment methods

All intellectual/cognitive skills are assessed in continuous course work in all years and through end of year examinations.

C: Practical skills

C1: Students will be able to communicate ideas clearly and coherently in a range of disciplines in both written and oral form

C2: Students will be able to present written materials using appropriate language and referencing

C3: Students will be able to work independently, write and think under pressure, meet deadlines, manage their own time and workload and demonstrate initiative.

C4: Students will be able to use techniques for systematic research in the field of human rights, including legal research, philosophical inquiry and social science methodology.

C5: Students will be able to identify, locate and retrieve knowledge relevant to research on human rights.

C7: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of work roles through a placement.

Learning methods

C1-C3 are acquired through classes, the submission of course work and preparation for examinations in all years of study. C4 and C5 are acquired in Human Rights modules.


C7 is acquired through the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a placement year.

Assessment methods

Assessment of practical skills is through the submission of essays and assignments, and written examinations.

D: Key skills

D1: Students will be able to present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and creative manner

D2: Students will be able to use the relevant information technology to research and present written work

D3: Students will be able to identify problems and apply relevant research methodologies and techniques of writing to resolve them.

D4: Students will develop skills in collaborative learning and research - and gain experience in group presentations of research results.

D5: Students will be able to reflect on their own learning, to seek and make use of feedback on their own performance, to recognise when further knowledge is required and to undertake the necessary research.

D101: Ability to demonstrate an understanding of work roles through a placement.

Learning methods

Key skills are acquired through participatory classwork in all years of study, through the presentation of continuous coursework and preparation for examinations. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion, to listen effectively and to participate in group work to the benefit of the group as a whole. On many courses oral presentation skills are assessed.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through the submission of coursework and through written examinations. Some modules assess D1 and D5 through assessed oral participation or presentations.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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Contact

If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

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