How are the courses taught and assessed?
The BA in European Studies is divided into course units: students take courses equivalent to four units in each of the first, second and fourth years adding up to 12 units. The year abroad is assessed by the 13th and 14th units. The courses are all taught in the appropriate academic department. Teaching takes various forms - lecturing, small-group seminars and language laboratory exercises.
Assessment is by a variety of methods during the three years of study on campus. Students will be required to complete coursework and sit examinations, both written and oral. All written examinations take place in the summer term. During the course of study, students are supported by a network of personal tutors to advise and support.
Although first year courses must be passed in order to progress into the second year, first year marks do not count towards the final degree awarded, so the first year is weighted 0%. This enables students to make well-informed choices regarding the different disciplines in which they may specialise in combination with their language(s). The second year is weighted 22%, the year abroad 11% and the final year 67%.
For an outline of the European Studies degree structure please see pages 6 to 11 of our course brochure.