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									                                                             Minutes: FASS PG Courses Committee,8/1/08




FACULTY OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Postgraduate Courses Committee

DRAFT Minutes of a Meeting on Tuesday January 8, 2008


The Courses Committee is a sub-committee of, and reports to, the main Faculty of Arts &
Social Sciences Postgraduate Studies Committee. Its powers are advisory and
recommendatory and concern only course approvals and related matters. The main Faculty
of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Studies Committee retains decision-making powers
in the course approvals process. Proposals are tested by the Courses Committee against
relevant criteria for approval.

Agenda papers of the Courses Committee are available to members of the full
Postgraduate Studies Committee on:
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/fassintranet/committees/postgrad.htm#proposals


Present:       Christine Milligan (Chair)
               Stephen Constantine (History), Ali Cooper (CELT), Martin Evans (LICA),
               Tony Heward (FTQSO), Neil Manson (Philosophy).

In attendance for respective items:
                Anne Cronin (Sociology), Michelle Crosby (MDD), Matt Fenton (LICA), Iris
                Fineberg (IHR), Barbara Mauthe (Law), Chris May (Politics & IR), David
                Smith (Applied Social Science), Sally Watson (MDD).


SECTION A: PRELIMINARIES


1.     Apologies for Absence

       Frank Dawes

2.     Membership of the Committee

       It was noted that Deborah Sawyer was on leave this term and that Martyn Evans,
       LICA, would substitute.


3.     Minutes of the Last Meeting

       Document attached: Minutes, FASS PGCC 13/11/07

       The Committee approved the minutes of the meeting of November 13, 2007 as an
       accurate record. The recommendations made at this meeting were approved by the
       Postgraduate Studies Committee of November 27, 2007, and given institutional
       approval by the Graduate School Committee of December 4, 2007.


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        SECTION B: New Schemes and Associated Modules


4.      Institute for Health Research and the Management Development Division

4.1     MA Hospice Leadership

        Documents attached: MA Hospice, G. Hands Memo

        Date of Introduction: 1/03/08               Director of Studies: Sally Watson

        The Committee was invited to approve the IHR contribution to a scheme which would
        be administered by the Management School (LUMS). It was noted that this
        programme was designed to meet the development needs of leaders in palliative and
        end of life care and had been commissioned by Help the Hospice (the professional
        association for independent hospice care in the UK).

        This proposal had been approved by LUMS PRC for viability, and by chair’s action by
        the FASS Associate Dean for Resources, Gordon Hands. In addition it would go to
        the LUMS GMS Teaching Committee on January 16 2008.

4.1.1   In discussion the following points were noted:

           i.    Help the Hospice was funding a generous number of bursaries.
          ii.    The workload for modules was the same whether they were weighted at 20 or
                 30 credits. However, Help the Hospice had stipulated that assessments were
                 the same across the programme.
         iii.    Home/EU fees were set at the same level as overseas.
         iv.     It was standard practice in LUMS to seek feedback from external evaluators at
                 the end of the first year of a new programme.

4.1.2   The Committee requested the following amendments to the proposal:

            i.   Section 20 External Examiners: deletion of the reference to existing external in
                 second sentence.
           ii.   Section 22 Special Equipment: deletion of the reference to participants’
                 needing their own computers.
          iii.   Section 28 Assessment Strategy: reconsideration of the assessment workload
                 across modules of differing credit weightings. Revision of assessment
                 strategy of 30 credit modules either to increase the word count or raise the
                 expected quality of students’ work.
          iv.    Section 36 Modules: addition of mnemonics where missing.
           v.    Section 38 Admissions: rephrasing so as to allow a measure of flexibility in
                 criteria.

4.1.3   The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above..

        ACTION: Michelle Crosby, by January 16.

4.2     New Module Associated with MA Hospice Leadership

        IHR.540 International Observatory on End of Life Care Research Summer School

        Document attached: IHR.540

        Date of Introduction: 1/03/08               Module Convenor: Iris Fineberg
        Module Weighting: 20 credits




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        This proposal represented a formalisation of the Research Summer School of the
        International Observatory on End of Life Care, which had run for 3 years as an
        independent programme and which had been accredited for Continuing Professional
        Development. The module would be an advanced introduction to research in
        palliative and end of life care and would include the process of designing research,
        from conceptualisation through to dissemination. It was noted that the module would
        continue to be offered as part of the Summer School and for CPD.

4.2.1   The Committee requested the following amendment to the proposal:

           i.    Section 15 Schemes to which Module Contributes: addition to the effect that
                 the module would be an option within MA Health Research, and that it would
                 continue to be offered as external CPD.

4.2.2   The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendment set out above.

        ACTION: Iris Fineberg, by January 16.


5.      Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

5.1     MA Professional Contemporary Arts Practice

        Documents attached: PROCAP Stage 2; Extract from Viability Committee Minutes 29/6/07;
            G Hands Memo.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008                Director of Studies: Matt Fenton

        This scheme (PROCAP) would prepare arts practitioners for portfolio careers in which
        they were not only art-makers but also their own curators, creative fundraisers,
        educators, administrators and marketing managers. It was intended to provide
        vocational postgraduate training in the fields of Applied Design (crafts), Computer
        Music, Dance, Digital Arts, Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Arts, Live Art, Theatre and
        Performance.

        The stage 1 proposal for this programme was submitted to a Faculty Viability
        Committee on June 29, 2007 but had not been approved. A number of questions
        were left to be resolved, concerning costs and resources, but these had since been
        answered and the proposal given chair’s approval.

5.1.1   In discussion, the following was stated:

           i.    The sprung dance floor in the Nuffield Theatre area, which had been noted by
                 the Faculty as a longstanding need for LICA, had been completed.
          ii.    Matt Fenton was listed as director of studies for the scheme, as well as
                 convenor for all the modules. Other members of LICA would take over
                 responsibility for the modules, but Mr Fenton would remain DoS.
          iii.   All the modules listed were compulsory and would be taught in the order
                 shown in the scheme proposal.
          iv.    The taught modules added up to fewer than 120 credits, so that a PG Diploma
                 exit point could not readily be offered. However, the Committee
                 recommended the Institute to consider whether a PG Diploma exit could be
                 offered.

5.1.2   The Committee requested the following amendments to the proposal:

          i.     Replacement of any mentions of ‘creative mentor’ with ‘creative supervisor’.
         ii.     Section 25 Educational Aims: deletion of the section on modules.




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         iii.   Section 27 Learning and Teaching Strategies: provision of details of how
                programme would be offered for part-time students. Provision of details of how
                students would develop the general skills listed.
         iv.    Section 28 Assessment Strategy and Methods: Provision of details of how the
                general skills listed would be assessed.

5.1.3   The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above..

        ACTION: Matt Fenton, by January 21.


5.2     New Modules Associated with MA Professional Contemporary Arts Practice

        The Committee was invited to approve the new modules as set out below. Members
        requested the following amendments to all proposals:

          i.    Replacement of any mentions of ‘creative mentor’ with ‘creative supervisor’.
         ii.    Sections 14 Rationale and 16 Prerequisites: removal of any references to
                proposed progression arrangements, which conflicted with the University’s PG
                regulations on condonation.

5.2.1   The Committee agreed to recommend all the following modules for approval by
        the PG Studies Committee, subject to any minor amendments stipulated, and
        commended the quality of the proposals:

5.2.2   LICA410 Arts Practice

        Document attached: LICA410

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008              Module Convenor: Matt Fenton
        Module Weighting: 100 credits

        It was noted that this module formed the core arts practice element of the
        programme. It defined the artform pathway of each student undertaking the course,
        in the disciplines offered by LICA.

5.2.2.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Section 16 Pre-requisites: addition of ‘normally’ in order to convey degree of
                flexibility.
         ii.    Sections 23 & 24 Learning Outcomes: separation of subject-specific and
                generic learning outcomes into the appropriate sections.


5.2.3   LICA411 Cultural Entrepreneurship

        Document attached: Proposed Cmod, reference: LICA411

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008              Module Convenor: Matt Fenton
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        This module was intended to prepare students for the portfolio nature of many
        careers in the arts and Creative Industries. These careers required adaptability,
        negotiation skills, the ability to pitch ideas and develop sound business cases for
        artistic processes, as well as for products. It was stated that this module was based
        on students’ own practice.

5.2.3.1 The Committee requested the following amendment:




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          i.   Section 19 Bibliography: removal of outdated titles and addition of more recent
               examples.

5.2.4   LICA412 Cultural Organisations in Practice

        Document attached: LICA412                                                                 See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: Matt Fenton
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        This module would introduce the contemporary cultural landscape of the UK,
        including cultural policy as determined by government departments and agencies,
        together with the relationship between commercial and subsidised sectors. It would
        explore the varied contexts in which arts practice takes place, including the
        institutional environments of galleries, concert halls, studios, theatres and museums,
        as well as the social contexts of education, health, regeneration and others. LICA412
        would also prepare students critically to assess the organisations in which they had
        their placements in LICA414: Creative Industries Placement.

5.2.4.1 The Committee requested the following amendment:

          i.   Section 19 Bibliography: addition of missing bibliographical details.


5.2.5   LICA413 Artist’s Portfolio

        Document attached: LICA412                                                                 See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: Matt Fenton
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        This module would give students the opportunity to develop their art practice, in
        particular its contextualisation, marketing and promotion. It would provide an
        introduction to arts marketing, and strategies for promoting arts practice to funding
        bodies, festivals, curators, the press and the wider public. It would encourage
        students to think critically about the likely public or audience for their work and the
        means for disseminating it.

5.2.5.1 The Committee requested the following amendment:

          i.   Section 19 Bibliography: all details to be added.


5.2.6   LICA4I4 Creative Industries Placement

        Document attached: LICA414                                                                 See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: Matt Fenton
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        In this module, students would undertake a placement with a professional theatre,
        gallery, touring company, studio, festival or funding body relevant to their chosen art-
        form. The placement would normally include the opportunity both to work in a
        professional Creative Industries context, and to carry out a piece of research for the
        host organisation.

        ACTION: Matt Fenton, by January 21.


6.      Law School




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        LL.M International Law

        Document attached: LL.M IL                                                                    See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008              Director of Studies: David Milman

        The Committee noted that this scheme would introduce students to the structure of
        the international legal system, its relationship with national law and the sources and
        subjects of international law. In addition, it would deal with the law's application to
        contemporary situations, such as the environment, territory and the use of force. The
        proposal consisted entirely of existing Law School modules and had been given
        chair’s approval for viability by the Associate Dean for Resources.

6.1     The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Correction of typos.
         ii.    Section 25 Educational Aims: deletion from ‘The scheme will consist of five…’
                to ‘LLM 217 …’. Revision of remaining paragraphs so as to be less descriptive
                and with a clearer focus on stating the aims of the programme.
         iii.   Section 28 Assessment Strategy: clarification of which learning outcomes were
                assessed or not. Provision of details of assessment methods if relevant,
                including formative assessment. Statement of the distinction between
                assessment methods for essays and dissertations.
         iv.    Section 42 Monitoring and Evaluation: inclusion of details of the support
                offered to students by the Student Learning Development Centre in CELT.
         v.     Section 45 Reference Points: inclusion of any national benchmarking, e.g.
                QAA, Law Society.

6.2     The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: James Summers, by January 21.


7.      Politics and International Relations

7.1     Masters of Public Administration

        Documents attached: MPA Scheme Proposal; MPA Pathway Model; MPA Viability Minutes;
            MPA Viability: Second Meeting

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008              Director of Studies: Patrick Bishop

        This scheme would be administered by Politics and IR, with contributions from other
        departments in FASS and LUMS. The intention was to provide students with the
        opportunity to undertake advanced study of public organisations, their management
        and the changing external contexts in which they operated, and to develop skills at a
        professional or equivalent level. Students were expected to take the programme as
        preparation for careers in public administration and related sectors, as career
        development, or as preparation for research or further study in this area.

        It was noted that this scheme had been given viability approval by the Faculty on
        November 27, 2007 and that the award, ‘Masters in Public Administration’ (MPA),
        was a new qualification for Lancaster, and would need to be approved by the Senate.
        The proposal for this scheme and its associated modules had been subject to delay
        and it was agreed that a request would be made to the Graduate School Committee
        to consider this item for institutional approval before formal ratification by FASS PG
        Studies Committee.

7.1.1   In discussion, the Committee made the following recommendations:




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           i.   Reconsideration of the credit weighting and overall structure of the scheme.
                The proposed structure allowed 25 credits for the optional mini-modules, but
                there was only one 5-credit module listed in addition to 10-credit modules. The
                5-credit module would have to be included in any permutation amounting to 25
                credits and thus become compulsory. The committee wondered whether
                making the subject-specific modules 15 credits rather than 20 would be a
                solution. This change would need a reduction of learning hours and size of
                assessment in line with other compulsory modules.
          ii.   Consideration of inclusion of other exit routes in addition to the Masters, i.e.
                PG Certificate and PG Diploma.
         iii.   Consideration of whether the proposed mini-modules were appropriate,
                because they were all distance-learning.
         iv.    Reconsideration of the proposed progression arrangements, because they
                conflicted with Lancaster’s PG regulations on condonation.
          v.    Liaison with Paul Graves, the Director of Governance and Planning, over the
                proposal to Senate for the new award of MPA.

7.1.2   The Committee requested the following amendments:

           i.   Provision of dates of departmental committee and staff/student committee
                which approved the scheme.
          ii.   Replacement of ‘course’ in ‘course director’ and ‘course administrator’ with
                ‘scheme’.
         iii.   Section 16 Administering and Contributing Departments: input of correct
                figures.
         iv.    Section 25 Intended Learning Outcomes: revision of this section so as to
                answer the question ‘what would students be able to do on successful
                completion of the scheme?’ Deletion of descriptions of modules, moving of the
                paragraph from section 26 into section 25, to be merged with the paragraph
                under ‘General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills’. Removal of any
                duplications and separation of subject-specific learning outcomes from generic.
          v.    Section 26 Learning and Teaching Strategies: provision of an answer to the
                question ‘how would you teach the material and how would you enable the
                students to achieve the learning outcomes (both subject-specific and generic)?’
         vi.    Section 27 Assessment Strategy and Methods: deletion of the paragraphs
                about deadlines. Moving of the paragraphs under the headings ‘Written
                assignments’, ‘Engaging in the Learning Environment’ and ‘LU Personal
                Development Plans’; to section 26. Rephrasing of the paragraph under
                ‘Engaging in the Learning Environment’ so as to be less specific and to clarify
                that students’ contribution was not formally assessed. Updating of the
                paragraph under ‘LU Personal Development Plans’ in the light of the
                replacement of LUPDP by MyPlace.
        vii.    Section 28 Progression Arrangements: addition of the standard university
                rubric on merit awards.
        viii.   Section 35 Compulsory Modules: addition of mnemonics, when known,
                addition of ‘one of’ to the of the 4 pathway modules.
         ix.    Section 37 Admissions Criteria: addition of ‘second-class level upper division.’
          x.    Section 41 Monitoring and Evaluation: removal of reference to the reading
                groups and the MPA conference.

7.1.3   The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

ACTION: Patrick Bishop, by January 16.


7.2     New Modules Associated with Masters in Public Administration

7.2.1   ASSC490 Evidence-based Practice in Criminal Justice




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        Document attached: ASSC490                                                               See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: David Smith
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        This was an optional, subject-specific module which would discuss the importance of
        an evidence base for practice, which had been an important theme for criminal justice
        practitioners and managers in Britain for over a decade.

7.2.1.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

           i.   Provision of dates of departmental committee and staff/student committee
                which approved the scheme.
          ii.   Section 18 Outline Syllabus: reformatting using bullet-points, addition of phrase
                such as ‘a sample syllabus may include, for example…’ to precede list of
                topics.
         iii.   Sections 20 & 21 Educational Aims: separation into subject-specific and
                generic, reformatting using bullet-points, addition of phrase such as ‘the aim of
                this module is to…’ to precede list of aims.
         iv.    Sections 22 & 23 Learning Outcomes: adjustment of syntax in order to follow
                correctly from ‘students will be able to…’, expansion on what was meant by
                ‘subject specific knowledge’.
          v.    Section 31 Details of Assessment: addition of a rationale for the choice of
                assessment method.

7.2.1.2 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: David Smith, by January 16.


7.2.2   IHR.531 Managing Health

        Document attached: LL.M5227

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: Janet Robertson
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        It was noted that this was an optional, subject-specific module which would develop
        students’ expertise in the public administration of health services.

7.2.2.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

           i.   Provision of dates of departmental committee and staff/student committee
                which approved the scheme.
          ii.   Entering of the proposal into LUSI on-line course approvals system.
         iii.   Section 14 Rationale: addition of reasons for inclusion of the module in the
                MPA.
         iv.    Section 16 Pre-requisites: deletion of the sentence included.
          v.    Section 18 Outline Syllabus: deletion of references to numbered sessions,
                addition of phrase such as ‘syllabus may include, for example’.
        vi.     Section 19 Bibliography: to be added.
        vii.    Section 20 Educational Aims, Subject-Specific: expansion on statement
                included.
        viii.   Section 31 Details of Assessment: addition of rationale for choice of
                assessment method.

7.2.2.2 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: Janet Robertson, by January 16.



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7.2.3   LL.M5227 Public Law

        Document attached: LL.M5227

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: Barbara Mauthe
        Module Weighting: 15 credits

        This would be a core module which would discuss the legal, administrative
        and political dimensions of public policy making. It would examine the notion of the
        state, and the legal and political framework within which public administrators
        operate. Additionally, it would consider the legal and political rights, limitations and
        controls placed upon this framework.

7.2.3.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Section 14 Rationale: addition of reasons for inclusion of the module in the
                MPA.
         ii.    Section 18 Outline Syllabus: deletion of references to numbered sessions,
                addition of phrase such as ‘syllabus may include, for example’.


7.2.3.2 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: Barbara Mauthe, by January 16.


7.2.4   PHIL560 Ethics and Governance

        Document attached: PHIL E&G

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008            Module Convenor: Sam Clark
        Module Weighting: 15 credits

        This was intended to be a core module which would equip students with an ability to
        understand and evaluate the principal ethical questions arising from the concern to
        ensure good governance. These would include considerations of social justice, the
        balance of individual rights and the public good, and the extent of individual liberty. It
        was recommended that the convenor should consider proposing a 20-credit version
        of the module so that it could offered on other Masters schemes in the Faculty.

7.2.4.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Provision of dates of departmental committee and staff/student committee
                which approved the scheme.
          ii.   Entering of the proposal into LUSI on-line course approvals system.
         iii.   Section 14 Rationale: addition of reasons for inclusion of the module in the
                MPA.
         iv.    Section 18 Outline Syllabus: deletion of references to numbered sessions,
                addition of phrase such as ‘syllabus may include, for example’.
         v.     Section 19 Bibliography: addition of more titles.
         vi.    Section 22 Learning Outcomes, Subject Specific: expansion on examples
                given. Avoidance of broad concepts like ‘social justice’. Use of terms such as
                ‘critically analyse’, ‘evaluate’, ‘assess’.

7.2.4.2 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: Sam Clark, by January 16.



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7.2.5   POLI439 Policy and Policymaking in Liberal Democracy

        Document attached: POLI439                                                                        See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008                 Module Convenor: Mark Garnett
        Module Weighting: 15 credits

        This core module was a 15-credit version of an existing module: POLI437. It would
        examine the changing nature of policy-making in Western democratic states,
        focussing on the UK but making relevant comparisons with other systems, and would
        appraise the policy-making role of individual actors, institutions and ideas.

7.2.5.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.   Provision of dates of departmental committee and staff/student committee
               which approved the scheme.
         ii.   Entering of the proposal into LUSI on-line course approvals system.

7.2.5.2 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: Patrick Bishop, by January 16.


7.2.6   SOCL529 Environment and Public Administration

        Document attached: SOCL529

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008                 Module Convenor: Bron Szerszynski
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        This was an optional, subject-specific module which would introduce the main
        debates in public administration on the environment, together with the dominant
        approaches and policy instruments being employed in a variety of environmental
        domains.

7.2.6.1 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee.


SECTION C: New Pathways Added to Existing Schemes


8.      Sociology

        Documents attached: Cultural Sociology; Sociological Theory; MA Sociology programme specification.
        Document tabled: Part-time MA in Sociology: Proposed Revision of Mode

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008                    Director of Studies: Anne Cronin

8.1     MA Sociology: New Pathways

        The Committee received a proposal for the addition of two pathways to the MA
        Sociology. By introducing these changes, the Department intended to provide an
        efficient way of broadening and updating its offerings at MA level.

        Both pathways used existing modules only. Following the Faculty guidelines on the
        approval of pathways, these had been submitted to the Associate Dean for
        Resources for viability scrutiny and had been given chair’s approval.



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8.1.1   In the course of discussion, the following was noted:

          i.    Existing PG offerings in Sociology had varying success in recruitment. The
                availability of ESRC funding did not greatly attract students; overseas students
                applied to several universities and were often able to choose from several
                places offered. Conversion rates were not strong and there were a good many
                more enquiries and applications than admissions. Goldsmith’s College was
                the main competitor.
          ii.   The department had researched potential demand by discussing the proposals
                with existing MA students. The prospect of distance-learning schemes had not
                been attractive to these students.

8.1.2   Cultural Sociology Pathway

        It was noted that this pathway aimed to provide students with an understanding of
        classical and current debates in the sociology of culture including debates about the
        relationship between ‘culture’ and ‘society’. The proposal for this pathway had been
        subject to delay and it was agreed that a request would be made to the Graduate
        School Committee to consider this item for institutional approval before formal
        ratification by FASS PG Studies Committee.

8.1.2.1 The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Replacement of references to percentage weightings for modules with credit
                weightings.
          ii.   Section 5.1 Market Viability: provision of a stronger statement.
         iii.   Section 5.3 Educational Aims: addition of generic or transferable aims.
         iv.    Section 5.4 Intended Learning Outcomes: addition of generic or transferable
                learning outcomes.

8.1.2.2 The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: Anne Cronin, by January 16.

8.1.3   Sociological Theory, Method and Practice

        By introducing this pathway, the department aimed to recruit part-time students
        unable to take the current part-time pathway in the MA in Sociology because modules
        were distributed across several days of the week. Students would be able to arrange
        their work and other commitments around a stable timetable in which teaching of the
        core modules was confined to one set day a week. In addition, the modular character
        of the pathway would provide several ‘exit routes’ of certificate, diploma and full MA
        degree and allow students to take modules across a number of years if they required.

8.1.3.1 In the course of discussion, the following was noted:

          i.    The proposal had been based on market viability testing by the Postgraduate
                Recruitment Manager, Ashley Coidan.
          ii.   It was queried if employers would give staff time off in order to take this
                pathway. However, teaching times were intended to be concentrated in one
                day a week and students tended not to be in demanding careers. Instead, they
                moved to Lancaster in order to take Sociology programmes and supported
                themselves by working part-time.

8.1.3.2 The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Replacement of references to percentage weightings for modules with credit
                weightings.




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         ii.    Section 5.1 Market Viability: provision of a stronger statement. Addition of a
                short statement to clarify the part-time nature of the scheme.
         iii.   Section 5.3 Educational Aims: addition of subject-specific and generic or
                transferable aims.
         iv.    Section 5.4 Intended Learning Outcomes: addition of subject-specific and
                generic or transferable learning outcomes.
         v.     Section 5.5 Compulsory Modules: revision of the statement so as to make it
                more positive. Addition of ‘normally’ in order to convey a degree of flexibility in
                the choice of core modules.
         vi.    Section 5.6 Optional Modules: revision of the statement so as to make it
                consistent with 5.5.

8.1.3.3 The Committee agreed to hold this item over to a later meeting for reconsideration by
        Sociology, at the Department’s request.


SECTION D: New Module , Revisions to Existing Schemes and Modules, and Report


9.      Law School

        LL.M5228 Public Law

        Document attached: LL.M5228                                                                See pp.

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008             Module Convenor: Barbara Mauthe
        Module Weighting: 20 credits

        This was a 20 credit version of LL.M5227. It was noted that the assessment had
        been increased to take account of the greater weighting.

9.1     The Committee requested the following amendments:

          i.    Section 14 Rationale: addition of reasons for inclusion of the module in the
                MPA.
         ii.    Section 18 Outline Syllabus: deletion of references to numbered sessions,
                addition of phrase such as ‘syllabus may include, for example’.

9.2     The Committee agreed to recommend this item for approval by the PG Studies
        Committee, subject to the amendments set out above.

        ACTION: Barbara Mauthe, by January 16.


10.     Revisions to Existing Schemes and Modules, and Report

        The Committee agreed to recommend the following items for approval by the PG
        Studies Committee, subject to any amendments stipulated:

10.1    Institute for Cultural Research

        Introduction of a merit award for all schemes.

10.2    Law School

        LL.M in International Business and Corporate Law

        Document attached: LL.M IBCL Revision

        Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008             Module Convenor: Barbara Mauthe




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       Existing core module: LL.M5206 International Business Structure and Regulation.
       Proposed replacement: LL.M5217 Corporations in International Business Law.

10.3   Philosophy

       New Module Mnemonics

       Change any modules which still had the mnemonic IPP. to PHIL.

10.4   Sociology: Scheme and Pathway to be laid down

       Documents attached: Globalisation and Tourism and Travel
       Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008

10.4.1 MA Sociology (Globalisation Pathway)

       The core course for this pathway was run outside the Department and it was decided
       to take more control over the provision of MA core courses. In addition, Sociology did
       not sufficient globalisation modules to maintain the viability of this pathway.

10.4.2 MA Tourism and Travel

       Recruitment to the degree scheme had been very poor during the previous couple of
       years and the scheme was considered unviable.


11.    Report Item

       MA Feminist Cultural Theory and Practice and MA Women’s Studies

       Document attached: SOCL W.St Revisions

       Date of Introduction: 1/10/2008

       English language requirement for admissions to increase from 6.5 IELTS (or
       equivalent) to 7.0.


12.    Date of Next Meeting

       Tuesday February 12, 2008, 12.00-2.00, MR4, IAS.
       Deadline for papers: 12.00, Tuesday January 29.

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