Studieordning for bacheloruddannelsen i Sprog og internationale studier, engelsk, 2020

1: Preface

Pursuant to consolidation Act 778 of August 7, 2019 on Universities (the University Act), the following is established.

The programme also follows the Examination Policies and Procedures for Aalborg University.

2: Basis in Ministerial orders

The Bachelor’s programme is organised in accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Order no. 1328 of November 15, 2016 on Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes at Universities (the Ministerial Order of the Study Programmes) with subsequent changes and Ministerial Order no. 1062 of June 30, 2016 on University Examinations (the Examination Order) with subsequent changes. Further reference is made to Ministerial Order no. 107 of February 12, 2018 (the Admission Order) and Ministerial Order no. 114 of February 3, 2015 (the Grading Scale Order).

3: Campus

The programme is offered in Aalborg.

4: Faculty affiliation

The Bachelor’s programme falls under The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University.

5: Study board affiliation

The Bachelor’s programme falls under Study Board of Language and International Studies

6: Affiliation to corps of external examiners

The Bachelor’s programme is associated with the external examiners corps on International Studies.

7: Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's programme in Language and International Studies, English, at Aalborg University, you need to meet the following entry requirements or to document equivalent qualifications:

  • Upper secondary school exam with a minimum grade point average of 4,0
  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • Another foreign language A or intermediate level B.

8: The programme title in Danish and English

The Bachelor's programme entitles the graduate to the Danish designation Bachelor (BA) i sprog og internationale studier, engelsk. The English designation is: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and International Studies, English.

9: Programme specifications in ECTS credits

The Bachelor’s programme is a 3-year, research-based, full-time study programme. The programme is set to 180 ECTS credits.

10: Rules concerning credit transfer (merit), including the possibility for choice of modules that are part of another programme at a university in Denmark or abroad

The Study Board can approve that passed programme elements from other educational programmes at the same level replaces programme elements within this programme (credit transfer).

Furthermore, the Study Board can, upon application, approve that parts of this programme is completed at another university or a further education institution in Denmark or abroad (pre-approval of credit transfer).

The Study Board’s decisions regarding credit transfer are based on an academic assessment.

11: Exemptions

The Study Board’s possibilities to grant exemption, including exemption to further examination attempts and special examination conditions, are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/

12: Rules for examinations

The rules for examinations are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures published at this website: https://www.studieservice.aau.dk/Studielegalitet/

13: Rules concerning written work, including the Bachelor’s project

In the assessment of all written work, regardless of the language it is written in, weight is also given to the student's formulation and spelling ability, in addition to the academic content. Orthographic and grammatical correctness as well as stylistic proficiency are taken as a basis for the evaluation of language performance. Language performance must always be included as an independent dimension of the total evaluation. However, no examination can be assessed as ‘Pass’ on the basis of good language performance alone; similarly, an examination normally cannot be assessed as ‘Fail’ on the basis of poor language performance alone.

The Study Board can grant exemption from this in special cases (e.g., dyslexia or a native language other than Danish).

The Bachelor’s project must include an English summary. If the project is written in English, the summary can be in Danish. The summary is included in the evaluation of the project as a whole.

14: Requirements regarding the reading of texts in a foreign language

It is assumed that the student can read academic texts in English and use reference works, etc., in English and other European languages.

15: Competence profile on the diploma

The following competence profile will appear on the diploma:

A graduate of the Bachelor's programme has competencies acquired through an educational programme that has taken place in a research environment.

A graduate of the Bachelor's programme has fundamental knowledge of and insight into his/her subject's methods and scientific foundation. These properties qualify the graduate of the Bachelor’s programme for further education in a relevant Master’s programme as well as for employment on the basis of the educational programme

16: Competence profile of the programme

The Bachelor

Knowledge

In terms of field of knowledge, understanding, and reflection, the overall objectives of the students’ acquisition of knowledge and understanding are that students, on completion of the Bachelor program, will have acquired:

  • knowledge of the organization of international society and the political, cultural, and social dynamics developments in international and intercultural relations, both globally and in selected regions
  • knowledge historical developments and events shaping international society, including international conflicts and the political and cultural basis for these
  • use of English as a global lingua franca, diplomatic, professional, and scientific language
  • understanding of the role of English in international political and social contexts and in the context of intercultural relations, including cultural and political problematics associated with the use of English language
  • theoretically-based understandings of central problems concerning the interaction of cultural, political, and linguistic identities
  • understanding of issues such as those associated with
  • of basic principles of academic integrity and issues in research ethics within the relevant subject areas of the program.

Skills

The overall objectives of the acquisition of skills are that, on completion of their Bachelor studies, students will be able to:

  • communicate in efficient and correct English suitable for master’s level study in English or entry into professional life
  • apply cultural, social, and political analysis and basic historical knowledge to enhance mutual understanding and solve impasses in international political, cultural, and organizational contexts
  • apply common methods and tools within the fields of human and social sciences and be able to argue for methodological choices as regards problem solving in relation to salient issues in international society and politics
  • take analytically-based independent and creative stances on key issues of the program, including the theoretical and methodological issues
  • work conversantly on problem-based project work, mastering strategies for planning and undertaking in-depth projects based on issues relevant to the international studies field.

Competencies

  • The overall objectives of the acquisition of competencies are that, on completion of their Bachelor studies, students will be able to:
  • contribute with knowledge of international political and intercultural issues for solving developmental and strategic problematics in both national and international institutions and organizations
  • disseminate theoretically-based knowledge in a fluent and accurate English while taking target audience and dissemination context into account
  • continue further acquisition of knowledge and competence development within the fields of politics, culture, and language in academic and professional contexts
  • apply relevant disciplinary approaches and factual knowledge in order to establish reflective bases for decision-making processes in areas related to the program’s basic fields
  • recognize and assess issues pertaining to research ethics in relation to concrete research-related and professional tasks.

17: Structure and Contents of the programme

The general objective of the Bachelor program in Language and International Studies, English is to enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies required in order to work independently within the subject areas at a level which meets international standards.

The program is divided into individual modules and organized as a problem-based study program. A module is a subject element or a group of subject elements whose purpose is to provide students with a set of academic and professional qualifications within a stipulated time frame in relation to a determined number of ECTS credits. A module is completed by one or a number of examinations according to an examination schedule stipulated and defined in relation to the curriculum and regulations.

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Problem-based Learning in International Studies1st sem.5 ECTS
International Studies Project*1st sem.10 ECTS
Introduction to International Studies: Theories and Methods*1st sem.5 ECTS
20th and 21st Century World History*1st sem.5 ECTS
Academic Communication and Grammar1st sem.5 ECTS
Discourse Studies Projekt*2nd sem.10 ECTS
Discourse Studies: Theories and Methods*2nd sem.5 ECTS
Contemporary Social and Political Discourses*2nd sem.5 ECTS
Central Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences2nd sem.5 ECTS
English Communication and Grammar2nd sem.5 ECTS
International Relations Project*3rd sem.10 ECTS
International Relations: Theories and Methods*3rd sem.5 ECTS
The History of International Relations in the 20th and 21st Centuries*3rd sem.5 ECTS
Introduction to Political Philosophy3rd sem.5 ECTS
English Medium Communication in Multilingual Context3rd sem.5 ECTS
Globalization Studies Project*4th sem.10 ECTS
Social and Cultural Globalization: Theories and Methods*4th sem.5 ECTS
International and Intercultural Communication*4th sem.5 ECTS
Cultural Analysis4th sem.5 ECTS
Religion, Society and Politics4th sem.5 ECTS
Organization Studies Project*5th sem.10 ECTS
Organization Studies: Theories and Methods*5th sem.5 ECTS
International Organizations*5th sem.5 ECTS
Policy Analysis5th sem.5 ECTS
Bachelor Project*6th sem.15 ECTS
Reginal Studies*6th sem.5 ECTS

 

Elective modules

Students must choose three; one in the 5th semester, two in the 6th.

Methods in Quantitative Resaech5 th sem.5 ECTS
Gender and International Studies5 th sem.5 ECTS
Samfundsvidenskabelig metode: forskningsdesign, indsamling og analyse af kvalitative data5th sem.5 ECTS
Media Analysis6 th sem.5 ECTS
International Political Economy6 th sem5 ECTS
The European Union6 th sem

5 ECTS

Corporate Social Responsibility6 th sem5 ECTS
Moderne politikbegreber og analysetilgange6 th sem.5 ECTS
Makroøkonomi6th sem.5 ECTS
International økonomi6th sem.5 ECTS

The elective modules listed are offered subject to sufficient numbers of applications as determined by the Board of Studiesor sufficient numbers of places in the existing class in the case that the module in question is offered by another Board of Studies.

Elective modules must always represent a total of 15 ECTS credits (5 in the 5th semester, 10 in the 6th).

Study and Evaluation forms

The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented, and interdisciplinary approaches, structured as a mixture of the following study and evaluation forms combining academic skills and reflection:

• lectures
• classroom teaching
• research projects (“projects”)
• discussion sessions
• individual and group assignments • feedback from teaching staff
• academic reflection
• casework.

Study Stay abroad

Students are recommended to choose to include a credit-awarding study stay at a university abroad in their Bachelor program. The Study Board must approve students’ choice of courses at the foreign university in advance. Study abroad may be taken in either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th semester of the program. Study abroad may be used to help specialize students’ profiles for master’s study and professional life.

Examination regulations

In the assessment of examinations, grades from the Danish 7-point grading scale or a pass/fail grade will be awarded.

Examinations will be either internal or external (i.e., using an internal or external censor). If no other regulations are stated, examinations will be assessed by the examiner and a second internal or external examiner (the “censor”).

If no other regulations are stated, examinations will be conducted in English. This applies to both written and oral examinations.

Projects may be prepared in groups of a maximum of six students. Bachelor projects may be prepared in groups of maximum four students.

Project examinations will normally take the following shape:

An oral project examination based on the students’ written work, whether prepared individually or in cooperation with others. Students who have prepared a project report jointly will participate in the examination as a group. The group will be jointly responsible for the project report or other written work conducted by the group. The project report constitutes the point of departure for the examination, the oral examination taking the form of a conversation around the project. An overall assessment of the project and the oral performance will form the basis of the grade. At group examinations, the examination must be conducted in such a way that individual assessment of each individual student’s performance is ensured, cf. the Examination Order (Order No. 670 of 19 June 2014, section 4, subsection 2).

The prescribed examination duration is 20 minutes per student and 10 minutes per group for deliberations and grading. However, the maximum duration for large groups is two hours, and the maximum duration of an individual examination is 30 minutes.

All students may request to receive their assessments in private. Students should inform the examiner of this request when the examination begins.

The Volume of written work

Where rules have been stipulated regarding the volume of written work, one page corresponds to 2400 characters, including spaces. The number of pages only includes the actual body text of the report; a title page, preface, table of contents, bibliography, abstract, appendices, and the first full reference to a text in Chicago Style footnotes will not be calculated. However, discursive notes will be included in the calculation of total number of pages, as will subsequent references to texts in Chicago Style. Illustrations will not be calculated.

All written exam papers must follow either MLA, APA, or Chicago Style. 

Oral examinations

The stipulated time for oral examinations will include assessment and the communication of results.

Assessment of written work

In the assessment of all written work, irrespective of the language in which this is written, the students’ spelling skills and fluency will be considered. The assessment of linguistic performance will be based on academic writing standards and stylistic proficiency. The linguistic performance will always be assessed as an integrated dimension in the overall assessment.

 

Rules concerning the progress of the Bachelor's programme

The student must participate in all first year examinations by the end of the first year of study in the Bachelor's programme, in order to be able to continue the programme. The first year of study must be passed by the end of the second year of study, in order that the student can continue his/her Bachelor’s programme.

In special cases, however, the Study Board may grant exemption from the above.

Annual full-time equivalent

The study elements on which the individual examinations are based are rated as proportions of an annual full-time equivalent, this being calculated as the annual work of a full-time student, including holidays. An annual full-time equivalent is 60 ECTS credits.

Weighted average

In order for a student to graduate from the program, each examination must be passed with a minimum grade of 02 or a ‘pass’ grade. A weighted average will be calculated for the examinations assessed according to the 7-point scale, on the basis of the ECTS weight of each individual examination. The “average” is defined as the sum of individual grades, each multiplied by the ECTS credits of the examination in question, divided by the sum of the ECTS credits of the examinations included in the average.

Examinations assessed as pass/fail will not be included in this calculation. The average grade with one decimal digit will appear on the examination certificate.

Examination regulations stipulated in the curriculum will always be subordinate to the Examination Policies and Procedures in force at Aalborg University. 

18: Overview of the programme

In the assessment of examinations, grades from the 7-point grading scale or a pass/fail grade will be awarded.

Examinations will be either internally or externally co-examined. If no other provisions are stated, examinations will be assessed by the examiner along with a second internal or an external examiner.

Offered as: 1-professional
Study programme:
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation method Assessment method
1 Semester
Introduction to Problem-based Learning in International Studies Course 5 Passed/Not PassedInternal examinationActive participation/continuous evaluation
Introduction to International Studies Project Project 10 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Introduction to International Studies: Disciplines, Issues and Approaches Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
20th and 21st Century World History Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
Academic Communication and Grammar Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
2 Semester
Project in Language, Politics and Society Project 10 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Discourse Studies: Theories and Methods Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
Contemporary Social and Political Discourses Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
Key Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
English Communication and Grammar Course 5 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten exam
3 Semester
International Relations Project Project 10 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Theories of International Relations Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
Contemporary International Conflicts Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
Political Philosophy Course 5 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten exam
Professional Genre Writing Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
4 Semester
Intercultural Studies Project Project 10 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Social and Cultural Globalization: Theories and Issues Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
International and Intercultural Communication Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
International Human Rights Course 5 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten exam
Religion, Society, and Politics Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
5 Semester
Organization Studies Project Project 10 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationOral exam based on a project
Organization Studies: Theories and Methods Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
International and Transnational Organizations Course 5 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten exam
Policy Analysis Course 5 7-point grading scaleInternal examinationWritten exam
Elective modules
Choose one elective in the 5th and two electives in the 6th semester
5
6 Semester
Bachelor Project Project 15 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationMaster's thesis/final project
Advanced Writing Workshop Course 5 7-point grading scaleExternal examinationWritten exam
Elective modules
Choose one elective in the 5th and two electives in the 6th semester
10

The modules addressing Philosophy of Science and Methodology are the following:

  • Introduction to International Studies: Disciplines, Issues, and Approaches
  • Discourse studies: Theories and Methods
  • Key Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Political Philosophy
  • Social and Cultural Globalization: Theories and Issues
  • Organizational Studies: Theories and Methods
  • Methods in Quantitative Research.
 
Elective modules
Choose one elective in the 5th and two electives in the 6th semester
Module name Course type ECTS Applied grading scale Evaluation Method Assessment method
Methods in Quantitative Research Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
Gender and International Studies Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
Media Analysis Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
International Political Economy Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
European Union Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
Corporate Social Responsibility Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
Macroeconomics Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
International Economy Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
Social Science Methods: Research Design, Collection and Analysis of Quantitave Data Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam
Modern Terms in Politics and Approaches of Analysis Course 5 7-point grading scale Internal examination Written exam

The elective modules listed are offered subject to sufficient numbers of applications as determined by the Board of Studies or sufficient numbers of places in the existing class in the case that the module in question is offered by another Board of Studies.

19: Additional information

The Study Board displays and maintains more detailed information on the program, including examinations, on its website and its central communication forums.

20: Commencement and transitional rules

The curriculum is approved by the dean and enters into force as of 01.09.2020.

The Study Board does not offer teaching after the previous curriculum from 2018 after the summer examination/winter examination 2022.

The Study Board will offer examinations after the previous curriculum, if there are students who have used examination attempts in a module without passing. The number of examination attempts follows the rules in the Examination Order.

21: Amendments to the curriculum and regulations