Department of Social Policy - WELCOME TO THE - MSc Criminal Justice Policy Programme Handbook 2019 - LSE

 
Department of Social Policy - WELCOME TO THE - MSc Criminal Justice Policy Programme Handbook 2019 - LSE
WELCOME TO THE

                Department of
                 Social Policy

MSc Criminal Justice Policy Programme Handbook 2019
Department of Social Policy - WELCOME TO THE - MSc Criminal Justice Policy Programme Handbook 2019 - LSE
Contents

Welcome to LSE                                       3       Key Information                                       21
                                                             Term Dates and LSE Closures –
MSc Criminal Justice Policy                          4       Academic Year 2019/20                                 21
Programme Administration and Contacts                4       Registration                                          21
Mannheim Centre for Criminology                      4       Your LSE Card                                         21
Programme Regulations                                4       Inclusion Plans                                       21
Full and Part Time Students                          5       Student Status Documentation                          21
Course Selection – What do I Need to do and When?    5       Interruption                                          22
Seminar Allocation                                   7       Programme Transfer                                    22
Programme Student Representation                     7       Change of Mode of Study                               22
Your Academic Mentor is Your Dissertation Supervisor 8       Withdrawal                                            22
What should you discuss with your Academic Mentor? 9         Regulations                                           22
SP498: Criminal Justice Policy Dissertation         10
                                                             Student Services Centre                               23
Your Department                                     11
How We Share Information                            11       Student Representation                                24

Socialising                                         12
                                                             Quality Assurance                                     24
Financial Help and Support                          12
Department Committees and Student Representation 12          LSE Services to Support You With Your
Other Opportunities                                 15       Studies and in Your Career                            25
Teaching and Academic Support                       15
                                                             Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)                 27
Examination and Assessment                          16
                                                             Your Wellbeing and Health                             28
Formative Assessment                                16
Summative Assessment                                17
                                                             Exams and Assessments                                 29
Social Policy: Departmental Assessment
and Feedback Strategy                               17       Plagiarism                                            30
Support on Using Feedback                           18
Marking Framework: MSc Programmes                   19       Results and Classification                            30

Plagiarism                                          20       Fees and Finance                                      31
Detection of Plagiarism                             20
                                                             Codes and Charters                                    32

                                                             Systems and Online Resources                          33

                                                             Course Selection and Timetables                       34

                                                             The LSE Academic Code                                 36

                                                             Campus Map                              Inside back cover

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Welcome to LSE

    Dear Social Policy Student,

    A very warm welcome to the Department of Social Policy.

    The Department of Social Policy has an international reputation for excellence and is one of the largest Social
    Policy departments in the UK. The latest Research Excellence Framework (the UK’s nationwide assessment
    of research quality, impact and environment) ranked the Department first in the country for world leading and
    internationally excellent research. The Department was also awarded the joint highest marks for the non-
    academic ‘real world’ impacts of our work.

    The study of Social Policy has its roots in the Department of Social Science and Administration which was
    established in 1912. This was a merger of the School of Sociology (founded in 1903 by the Charity Organisation
    Society to support the training of welfare workers), and LSE. The newly established Department also received
    funding from the Ratan Tata Foundation in India for research into poverty.

    The Department has expanded since then and has had a national and global influence. Clement Attlee was
    one of the earliest lecturers before moving on to become Prime Minister from 1945-51 – a period of dramatic
    change in social policies.

    The first Professor of Social Administration was Richard Titmuss appointed in 1950; he inspired a generation of
    students who formed the backbone of the welfare state, staffing social services, working in the community and
    striving to highlight and address social problems. Further ground breaking contributions were made by Brian
    Abel-Smith, Peter Townsend and David Donnison. Their work led to the development of Social Policy as an area
    of study, drawing on disciplines including economics, political science, sociology, and history.

    The interests of the Department are varied and include: poverty and inequality, welfare states and labour
    markets, social security, family demography and family policies, education policy, migration, race/ethnicity,
    gender, criminology and criminal justice policy, health and social care, social policy and development, and the
    role played by non-governmental organisations and civil society.

    The Department’s focus is on both headline issues and more traditional areas of scholarship. All of these are
    explored in an increasingly international and dynamic context – one in which national, European and global
    matters interact

    The interdisciplinary nature of Social Policy means that when you graduate you will be equipped with a broad
    range of knowledge and skills that can be applied in many different settings. Many Social Policy alumni apply
    their academic training directly, working as policy specialists in the government, NGO and private sectors.
    Furthermore, the high-level analytical and research skills developed by our degree programmes are also highly
    valued by employers as diverse as the media, management consultancy, teaching and the development sector.

    You will find LSE to be a vibrant and exciting place. There is much to enjoy, both academically and socially. In
    particular, you will quickly discover that there are major public events – lectures, debates and so on – almost
    every day of the week. Being in the centre of the capital city, close to the heart of government and all the main
    media, LSE is uniquely well-placed to act as a host for the most distinguished of visitors. These occasions will
    focus on areas close to the things you are here to study, as well as matters well beyond, and I would urge you
    to make the most of this opportunity.

                           I hope that your time here will be both rewarding and stimulating.

                           Yours sincerely,

                           Professor Anne West
                           Head of Department

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MSc Criminal Justice Policy

The MSc in Criminal Justice Policy (CJP) is an inter-departmental
degree taught primarily in the Departments of Social Policy, Law,
                                                                              Programme Administration                                                  The MSc CJP is a full-year four unit programme. As outlined in
                                                                                                                                                        the regulations students must take one compulsory course to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Course Selection – What do I Need to
and Sociology.                                                                and Contacts                                                              value of one unit; optional courses to the value of two units and full         do and When?
                                                                                                                                                        unit dissertation.
The programme addresses major theories, issues and methods in the             Programme Director: Professor Tim Newburn                                                                                                                Selection of your courses is done on the ‘LSE for you’ (LfY) system,
analysis of criminal justice policy. Policy processes will be examined        Office: Old Building 2.40a                                                                                                                               which you can access through the LSE website. You should be
in relation to the principal elements in the criminal justice system:         Email: t.newburn@lse.ac.uk                                                Compulsory courses                                                             automatically enrolled on your compulsory ‘core’ courses within
law making, crime prevention, policing, prosecution, sentencing, non-         Telephone: +44 (0)20 7955 6220                                            You will be guaranteed enrolment on your compulsory core course:               LfY, but will have to choose your optional courses, in line with the
custodial and institutional penalties and their aftermath. Attention                                                                                    SP470 - Criminal Justice Policy, and your Dissertation.                        Programme Regulations for your MSc.
is also paid to such areas as victim support and relevant social and          For all issues regarding the administration of the Programme, please
economic measures with a bearing on criminal justice, e.g. the role           contact the Postgraduate Programmes Support Office:                                                                                                      When you sign in to LfY to make your Graduate course selections,
of voluntary agencies. The programme has a distinct comparative                                                                                         Optional courses                                                               you will find SP470 and your Dissertation SP498 already ticked.
                                                                              Office: Old Building, Room 2.48                                                                                                                          Please do not untick these as you choose your optional courses.
emphasis, both historically and in relation to criminal justice systems                                                                                 A list of the optional courses that you can choose from can be found
                                                                              Email: socialpolicy.msc@lse.ac.uk
and policies in Western Europe and North America.                                                                                                       within your Programme Regulations.                                             If you are a Part Time student entering your first year ONLY, you
                                                                              Any student who feels that they have concerns which cannot be dealt                                                                                      should untick the dissertation; as you will take the Dissertation in your
                                                                              with by their Academic Mentor should feel free to approach first the      You can also choose any other courses at LSE outside of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       second year.
                                                                              Programme Director, and then the Head of Department, Professor            Programme Regulations subject to the approval of your
                                                                              Anne West (Room OLD 2.30) if the issue has not been resolved.             Programme Director.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       When can I begin selecting my Courses?
                                                                              In addition to the above, the contacts of other Faculty associated with   Further information on all Social Policy courses (teachers, syllabus,
                                                                                                                                                        content, written work, assessment, reading lists) is set out in the            Although you do not need to have formally registered with the School
                                                                              the Programme can be found online here: lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy/
                                                                                                                                                        graduate course guides which can be found here:                                to begin choosing your courses you must have completed all of
                                                                              WhosWho
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       your admissions paperwork. If you have not provided the necessary
                                                                                                                                                        lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/courseGuides/graduate.htm                         paperwork to Graduate Admissions you will be unable to start
                                                                              Moodle & Email                                                                                                                                           applying for courses through LfY.
                                                                                                                                                        Social Policy courses begin with the pre-fix SP.
                                                                              The degree programme is supported by Moodle, the Virtual Learning
                                                                              Environment (VLE). All course-related information, documentation          See also lse.ac.uk/timetables for information on timetabling.                  Browsing Period
                                                                              and announcements are available via Moodle, 24 hours a day, 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       LfY will be open for ‘Browsing’ from 10am on the 23rd September.
                                                                              days a week. It is very important that you register on Moodle for MSc     Be assured that the vast majority of Social Policy students each year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Use this period to familiarise yourself with LfY and your course
                                                                              Criminal Justice Policy as soon as possible at: moodle.lse.ac.uk/         do get on the courses that they want. However, please note that it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       options. No selections made during the browsing period will be
                                                                                                                                                        not always possible to offer students a place on all of their preferred
                                                                              All email communication will be sent using your LSE email account.                                                                                       saved. You can also look at the Moodle pages of courses in which
                                                                                                                                                        courses. Be aware also that your selection may be constrained by
                                                                              Please use your LSE email for Programme related matters, and check                                                                                       you are interested, which may have more information to inform your
                                                                                                                                                        timetable clashes or because there are upper limits (‘caps’) on the
                                                                              your LSE email regularly.                                                                                                                                choices. Please note: ‘Joining’ a Moodle page does NOT mean you
                                                                                                                                                        number of students who can take a course. This is particularly the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       have joined a course. Course Selection can only be done on LfY.
                                                                                                                                                        case where courses are offered outside the Department of Social
                                                                                                                                                        Policy (i.e. not prefixed with ‘SP’).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Michaelmas Course Selection Period
                                                                              Mannheim Centre for Criminology                                                                                                                          From 10am on 27th September until 5pm on 15th October, LfY will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       open for Course Selection:
                                                                              The Mannheim Centre is a multidisciplinary centre incorporating staff     Full and Part Time Students
                                                                              from across LSE. The centre provides a forum for LSE criminology,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •   Please note: Social Policy courses (those which have a prefix ‘SP’)
                                                                              including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, funded research,        Full time students take the MSc over one year starting in September                will not start offering places to students until 1pm on Monday 30th
                                                                              and a large number of conferences, seminars and other public              and completing it with the submission of the dissertation in                       September. This is to give Social Policy students some additional
                                                                              events, including the Joint Seminar Series with the British Society of    August 2020.                                                                       time to consider their choices.
                                                                              Criminology. Please refer to the Centre website for further details:
                                                                              lse.ac.uk/collections/mannheim/                                           Part Time students in the first year should enrol for SP470, Criminal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •   However, if you are applying to a course/courses outside of Social
                                                                                                                                                        Justice Policy, and choose courses to the equivalent of a full unit                Policy, you should apply as soon as you can after the Course
                                                                                                                                                        from the list of optional courses. In their second year they should                Selection period opens. Other departments have different policies
                                                                                                                                                        take the equivalent of another full unit from the options list and the             on when they begin to accept students onto courses.
                                                                              Programme Regulations                                                     SP498 dissertation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       •   You should select courses for your FULL YEAR – both Michaelmas
                                                                                                                                                        The Department does its best to schedule classes so that part time                 AND Lent term. This will allow you to plan your year better, and may
                                                                              In order to complete your programme you must adhere to the
                                                                                                                                                        students can complete their degree in two years in a way that suits                mean that you are more likely to get more of the courses you want
                                                                              requirements contained within your ‘Programme Regulations’.
                                                                                                                                                        their commitments and requirements. However, given the wide range                  through the year. LfY will reopen Course Selection for a short time
                                                                              Programme Regulations for MSc Criminal Justice Policy:                    of options on offer, it is impractical to schedule all classes with part           in Lent Term, so if you want to change your Lent term selections
                                                                              lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar2019-2020/programmeRegulations/               time students in mind. Students may, therefore, need to choose their               then, you will be able to.
                                                                              taughtMasters/2019/MScCriminalJusticePolicy.htm                           options depending upon their personal circumstances.

                                                                                                                                                        If you are a part time student and wish to request to be placed in
                                                                                                                                                        a specific seminar, please inform the Programme Support team at
                                                                                                                                                        socialpolicy.msc@lse.ac.uk as soon as possible.

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Will I get accepted onto the courses I want?                                  Seminar Allocation
                                               Many graduate courses, including all those in the Department of
                                                                                                                             Once you are accepted onto a Social Policy course, the Admin team
                                               Social Policy, have ‘controlled access’ and require department
                                                                                                                             will randomly allocate you to a seminar for that course.
                                               approval to take. This means that only a certain number of students
                                               will be allowed to take these courses.                                        Please note:

                                               Selection of any course is subject to availability and timetabling
                                                                                                                             •   Given the number of students who need to be allocated, it is
                                               constraints. Controlled Access courses may ask you to provide a                   impractical for students to choose seminars themselves.
                                               statement in support of your request. All Social Policy courses will
                                               require such a statement. If asked, make sure you write an answer –           •   Seminar reallocation will only be allowed where there are clear
                                               this will be used to determine which students will be accepted on the             reasons for this: priority is given to part-time students, students
                                               Course (in Social Policy, students are NOT enrolled on a ‘first come,             with children/family commitments etc. Timetable convenience is
                                               first served’ basis but according to their statements). If you write              not a sufficient reason for a seminar to be reallocated.
                                               nothing, you will have less chance of being accepted onto the course.
                                                                                                                             •   We will try to accommodate students where possible – for example
                                               Social Policy students get priority on Social Policy Courses, and to              where there are spare places in a seminar.
                                               those courses on their Programme’s Regulations. However, you still
                                               need to write a statement.                                                    •   Please remember that your place in a seminar is provisional until
                                                                                                                                 week 4 of term. On occasion, in order to accommodate as many
                                               You can find details of the Social Policy courses available in                    students as possible, we may have to reallocate students. If we
                                               lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Assets/Documents/PDF/Current-Students/                    do need to make such a reallocation, we will email you. This would
                                               Brochure-POSTGRAD-2019.pdf.                                                       normally only be to accommodate a student with priority needs
                                                                                                                                 (e.g. with childcare or a part-time student with work commitments).

                                               Can I select courses outside Social Policy and/or
                                               outside my Programme Regulations?
                                               You can register for a course outside your Programme regulations.
                                               However, please note that you must obtain the permission of your
                                                                                                                             Programme Student Representation
                                               Programme Director, and are advised to contact the Department                 Within the Department, most issues are raised and resolved within
                                               offering the course to ensure that you are eligible to register for it.       ‘Staff Student Liaison Committee’ (SSLCs) meetings, held once a
                                               Remember, selecting a course online is no guarantee that you will be          term, consisting of members of academic and administrative staff in
                                               allowed to attend this course. In exceptional circumstances students          the Department and student representatives from the Department’s
                                               are allowed to take courses offered at other University of London             Programmes. Issues specific to individual Programmes are
                                               colleges. Enquire at Registry and with your Programme Director if this        considered at a Programme meeting of Programme Representatives
                                               applies.                                                                      with the programme director and administrative support prior to
                                                                                                                             SSLC meetings.
                                               If you do wish to take a course that is not listed on the Programme
                                               Regulations remember that you must obtain the approval from the               Two student programme representatives will be elected for the
                                               ISPP Programme Director. You can do this by emailing the PD asking            year within the Programme. These representatives will attend
                                               for permission. You can apply for a place before you have obtained            Departmental meetings and, if necessary, raise any outstanding or
                                               permission, but must be aware that if you do not subsequently obtain          unresolved issues which require Departmental attention.
                                               permission, you will be required to drop the course and choose an
                                               alternative.

                                               How long will it take to accept you onto a course?
                                               Once your request is submitted, you will be notified of the
                                               outcome via email. You will then have 48 hours to accept the
                                               place and formally register online for that course. If you do not
                                               respond, the offer will be withdrawn and the place will be offered to
My programme of study enables me to            another student.
discuss ‘crime issues’ with professional
experts from various fields of study,          Further information:
which bestows a great multi-disciplinary       Please refer to the Student Service Centre web pages for information
understanding. Indeed, I have found            on course selections, course capping and general information which
                                               relates to your study at LSE: lse.ac.uk/courseselection.
that professors within the Social Policy
department are always happy to help.           Information on the content of courses is published in the
                                               LSE Calendar:
Matthew Bedford, Criminology
                                               lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/CourseGuides/graduate.htm

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Your Academic Mentor is Your                                                  In the case of first year part time students, your Academic Mentor will
                                                                              be the Programme Director. You should arrange to meet with them at
                                                                                                                                                        What should you discuss with your                                                  In the table below is a guide to topics which you may wish to discuss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with your Mentor at various points in the year. This is intended as a
Dissertation Supervisor                                                       least once a term.                                                        Academic Mentor?                                                                   guide only – your pattern of meetings with your Mentor may differ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           depending on you and your Mentors’ timetable and needs.
The Programme Director will meet individually with full-time and              Please be aware that you are responsible for contacting your              •   All Social Policy students should expect to receive the equivalent
second year part time students during the first two weeks of term.            Academic Mentor for Dissertation support. If you do not approach              of a minimum of 2 individual consultations per term with their                 NB: Some Mentors may wish to combine AM sessions on specific
The purpose of this meeting is to ‘map out’ potential areas of interest       your academic Mentor he or she will not necessarily chase you - you           Academic Mentor AM - no less than 3 hours in total - before the last           topics into group sessions for their Mentees, where sensible (if so,
for your dissertation. Following this meeting an Academic Mentor              need to take the initiative. You can ordinarily expect to be able to          day of Summer Term.                                                            they will continue to be available for 1-1 advice where needed).
will be allocated to you. Students should then sign up for an initial         contact and meet with your mentor until the end of the Summer
interview with their Mentor.                                                  Term. This is because Academics are expected to spend the summer          •   Social Policy students should expect to receive comments on draft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In addition, remember that you have been organised into peer groups
                                                                              vacation on research and fieldwork, as well as attending meetings,            written work (e.g., a draft chapter such as a literature review) by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for the year. You should think creatively about how you could use
For the period before the Programme Director allocates your                   conferences and taking holidays.                                              end of the Summer Term. AMs should advise students by when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           these productively – are there any topics or subjects it might be
Academic Mentor, the Programme Director will act as your Mentor.                                                                                            they will need to submit work in order that the AM will be able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           helpful to discuss with your peers? You are particularly encouraged to
You should consult them about any issues you need support with,               Therefore, you should seek to meet with them and get their advice             provide comments by the end of the Summer Term. The extent of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           use your peer groups throughout the year as a source of support and
including Course Selection.                                                   before the end of summer term. Any additional support after the end           any additional support after this date, and the way in which it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           peer feedback in relation to your dissertation.
                                                                              of Summer Term is solely at the discretion of your supervisor, and            provided (e.g. face to face, email, etc.), is at the discretion of
Your Academic Mentor, who will also be your dissertation supervisor,                                                                                        your AM.
                                                                              they are likely to have many research commitments. Therefore, you
will guide and assist you in your learning development and is also
                                                                              should not expect that they will necessarily be available.
available to help with any personal difficulties.

In the case of full time students and second year part time students,                                                                                       MSc Academic Year – Academic Mentor suggested Timetable
Academic Mentors are allocated in accordance with your choice of
topic for the dissertation. The primary focus of your meetings will be                                                                                                                                                      Michaelmas Term
supervision for the dissertation. Your Academic Mentor is also the
first person you should contact if you have a problem you wish to                                                                                       Welcome Week                    •   Introduction to the AM Role – Academic and Pastoral elements of the role;

discuss with a member of staff, if they cannot help you themselves                                                                                      Week 1                          •   Signpost to other support (Programme Support Office; LSE Life; DWS): Please note – if you believe that you may
they will be able to refer you to the correct person.                                                                                                                                       need an Inclusion Plan* from the Disability and Wellbeing Service (DWS), it is advantageous for you to contact
                                                                                                                                                                                            them as early as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Your Academic Interests – what would you be interested in studying during the year? Early thoughts on
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dissertation topic(s)?
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Course selection
                                                                                                                                                        Week 3 – 4                      •   Settling in – any issues? (from course selection; courses; university life; generally)
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Initial Dissertation topic? Initial thoughts on your approach/methodology etc.
                                                                                                                                                        Week 7 – 10                     •   Any issues affecting your studies? Positive lessons from this term? Anything which could be worked on/
                                                                                                                                                                                            improved next term?
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Formative feedback- overall lessons/issues?
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Reminder: Your Dissertation Outline form is due in Week 1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lent Term
                                                                                                                                                        Lent Term Week 1                •   Deadline for Dissertation Outline form due Thursday of Week 1. Remember that your AM has to sign off on
                                                                                                                                                                                            this form.
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Course Selection – do you wish to make any changes to Sept/October choices?
                                                                                                                                                        Week 4 – 8                      •   Dissertation Progress so far; Are there any ethical considerations?
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Formative & summative feedback/lessons/issues?
                                                                                                                                                        Week 9 – 11                     •   Remember if you want feedback on a draft Dissertation Chapter by the end of ST, your AM must have time to
                                                                                                                                                                                            read this – when is the deadline they need the Chapter by?
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Preparation for exams (if relevant)
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   Remember the various sources of support through the exam period: Programme Support Office; SSC – if in
                                                                                                                                                                                            doubt, Programme Support Office can advise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michaelmas Term
                                                                                                                                                        Week 1 – 7                      •   Feedback on draft Chapter.
                                                                                                                                                                                        •   What next after your degree? Remember you can access LSE Life and Careers to discuss your next steps

                                                                                                                                                        *Inclusion plans are put in place to ensure that ¬all students are able to learn on a level playing field. They are tailored to individual students’
                                                                                                                                                        needs, to ensure each student receives any support they need. If you feel you may need an inclusion plan due to anything which may adversely
                                                                                                                                                        affect your ability to study (this can include anything from a physical disability, specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, or anxiety and mental
                                                                                                                                                        health issues. Please contact DWS as soon as possible if you feel you may need an inclusion plan.

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Your Department

SP498: Criminal Justice Policy                                                                                                                            How We Share Information                                                        Tip: Make sure you download the Student Hub app and follow
Dissertation                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Social Policy page. If you need any help setting this up, come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and see your Programme Support Team in OLD.2.48/OLD.2.49
                                                                                                                                                          Email
Please also refer to the Coursework and Examinations information
on the Department of Social Policy web pages, the Social Policy                                                                                           Email is the primary channel of communication within the School.
Current Students pages (lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students)                                                                                         Your Programme Support staff and members of Faculty will send                  Instagram
and the SP498 Moodle page.                                                                                                                                important information via email throughout the year, for example:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         https://www.instagram.com/lsesocialpolicy
                                                                                                                                                          instructions for assessments and exams and invitations to
                                                                                                                                                          Departmental events.                                                           This is where we share Departmental stories and photos which
Purpose and Content                                                                                                                                                                                                                      reflect our Departmental community.
                                                                                                                                                          Make sure you check your LSE email account regularly so you don’t
The Dissertation is an important opportunity for you to study
                                                                                                                                                          miss any important emails!                                                     Look out for opportunities to contribute to our Instagram.
a research or policy problem in depth by reviewing the relevant
literature and providing a coherent analysis of your work.
Dissertations have often involved original perspectives or empirical                                                                                       Tip: Make sure you check your spam folder and adjust your                      Tip: Make sure you follow the Social Policy page. Why not share
work and some have subsequently been published. Work on the                                                                                                settings so you don’t miss out any of our emails! If you need                  a picture with us or a comment on our pictures? We’d love to hear
dissertation often complements your studies for the taught options.                                                                                        help doing this, you can visit the IT Service Desk (info.lse.ac.uk/            your thoughts!
However, you must bear in mind that the dissertation forms only one                                                                                        current-students/dts/essentials/new-student)
quarter of the course requirements and you should therefore allocate
your time and effort accordingly.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Twitter
                                                                                                                                                          Department Current Students Web Page                                           @LSESocialPolicy
Dissertations may draw on library-based research and possibly
                                                                                                                                                          lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students
fieldwork (special archives, surveys or interviews etc.). If you choose                                                                                                                                                                  This is where you can see how the Department interacts with
to include the latter option, you must take care to design your                                                                                           This is a central source of factual information about the Department,          academia and the wider world. For example: research, faculty
research timetable in such a way as to allow enough time for data                                                                                         its members and activities. The webpages are updated regularly                 discussions and research events. Use Twitter for engaging with
processing, analysis and write-up.                                                                                                                        to display information current to each period within the academic              cutting edge social policy research and researchers within the
                                                                                                                                                          year. For example, in our ‘Current Students’ section you will find             Department and beyond!
Before committing yourself to a particular research strategy or
                                                                                                                                                          handbooks, course brochures and advice relating to assessments.
dissertation format, you may wish to consult some of the past                                                                                                                                                                            Look out for opportunities to contribute to our Twitter.
dissertations that are relevant to your field. You will find these, where
available, on the SP498 Moodle page If you draw on material they                                                                                           Tip: Why not ‘bookmark’ the Department webpages in your                        Tip: Make sure you follow the Social Policy Twitter account.
contain, this must be adequately referenced in your script.                                                                                                browser, to save you time searching!                                           Why not retweet items of research interest to you? Don’t forget
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to use appropriate hashtags if you are contributing to a wider
Never forget that this is a discrete piece of work for a Master’s degree           From the start of Michaelmas Term, you should discuss your ideas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          conversation!
and is not a prototype for a Doctoral thesis. You should therefore                 about the dissertation subject, the research methods you propose       Moodle
resist temptations to engage in over-exhaustive literature searches                to use and the research timetable that you envisage to work to. You
and fieldwork.                                                                     should continue to regularly meet with your Mentor during the LT and
                                                                                                                                                          lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students                                       Facebook
                                                                                   ST to discuss the form and substance of the dissertation.              The Moodle page for each course is where course specific                       facebook.com/LSESocialPolicy
Supervision                                                                                                                                               information and updates are shared (including course guides, lecture
                                                                                                                                                          handouts & slides, and reading lists). It is also where you will submit        We have Facebook pages for both UG and PG students, which some
                                                                                   Dissertation Outline Deadline
Students and their academic Mentors should arrange a minimum of                                                                                           your assessments electronically. You should check the Moodle                   of you will have been using as offer holders to get to know your
2 individual consultations per term (no less than 3 hours in total)                You should submit your dissertation proposal form through the          pages for your courses regularly.                                              fellow students. The Department also has a general Facebook page
before the last day of Summer Term.                                                submission portal which will be available on the SP498 Moodle page                                                                                    which you can ‘like’ and ‘follow’.
                                                                                   by Thursday of Lent Term Week 1.
Students can expect comments on draft written work (e.g., a draft                                                                                          Tip: Use Moodle as an additional source of information when                   Now that you have arrived, you will use the Student Hub app instead,
chapter such as a literature review) by the end of the Summer Term.                                                                                        choosing courses.                                                             and you will be able to get to know each other via the groups function
The extent of any additional support after this date, and the way in               Submission                                                                                                                                            on there.
which it is delivered (face to face, email, skype etc) is at the discretion        Two hardcopies of your completed dissertation must be handed to
of the Supervisor.                                                                                                                                        Student Hub App
                                                                                   the Administration Hub on or before Thursday 20th August 2020                                                                                         Student Noticeboards
                                                                                   before 12:00 (Midday) at the latest. You must also have submitted      info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/student-hub
Please arrange an early meeting with your Academic Mentor. Your                                                                                                                                                                          There is a Departmental notice display and an e-noticeboard, both
                                                                                   your electronic copy through Moodle by this time. Please also refer
Mentor’s main responsibilities in relation to your Dissertation are                                                                                       The Student Hub app helps students find out about all the School               of which are located in the lobby area on the second floor of the Old
                                                                                   to the Examination and Assessment information in the ‘Department’
to help you define your topic, to guide you in developing your topic,                                                                                     has to offer and gives you opportunities to connect and build                  Building, next to OLD 2.45.
                                                                                   section of this handbook for guidance on the submission of
and to comment on a single draft chapter. The draft chapter is to be                                                                                      communities.
                                                                                   summative coursework.
submitted to your Mentor no later than the end of 6th week of ST if                                                                                                                                                                      This is where we display current information on: Department
you want to receive any feedback.                                                  If you are not able to hand in your hardcopies in person, these may    This is where we will update you with Departmental and School-wide             activities, events, achievements and any other information relevant
                                                                                                                                                          news, events, announcements and reminders and suggestions of                   to the Department community.
                                                                                                                                                          how to make the most of your time at LSE.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tip: Why not share your achievements with us to be featured on
                                                                                                                                                          The Student Hub app is also an interactive forum, in which you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          our noticeboards? Or perhaps you have a piece of news you think
                                                                                                                                                          can create your own student community through student groups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Department would be interested in? Let your Programme
                                                                                                                                                          and where you can connect with Academic members of staff, for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Support Team know!
                                                                                                                                                          example, booking advice and feedback hours with them.

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Socialising                                                                    Department Committees and                                               Social Policy Research Blog
                                                                               Student Representation                                                  The Department runs a Social Policy blog which features regular
Student Common Room                                                                                                                                    submissions from Faculty, PhD, MSc and UG students. As a Social
                                                                               Each term, a number of Departmental meetings allow staff and            Policy student you not only have the opportunity to contribute to the
The newly refurbished Student Common Room is in OLD 2.14 and is                students the opportunity to meet and discuss issues relating to their   blog, but also the opportunity to act as Student Editors. Editors are
available for Social Policy students both as a social and as a general         programme of study as well as wider School issues.                      appointed at the start of the academic year and will be responsible
study space. To ensure that the room is secure, the door has been                                                                                      primarily for sourcing and editing submissions from students. They
fitted with a digital lock. The code for this lock is C1278Y. Please                                                                                   may also be involved in editing general editorial content with the
do not share this code with anyone from outside the Department.                Programme Meetings                                                      permission and under the supervision of the Chief Editors, for which
We encourage you to use this space to get to know one another and              Each degree programme holds regular meetings to discuss and             training will be provided. Student Editors will also be able to be
we will hold some Departmental events for you within this space                resolve programme/course specific concerns. These meetings are          involved in supporting the Chief Editors with the general management
occasionally, too. If you need to contact anyone about any issues              held prior to the Staff Student Liaison Committee Meetings and          of the blog.
with the Common Room, please get in touch with your Programme                  are normally attended by the Programme Director, the Programme
Support Team in OLD.2.48 or by emailing socialpolicy.msc@                      Administrator, the Programme Representative(s) and other relevant
lse.ac.uk.                                                                                                                                             Green Impact Team
                                                                               course teachers.
                                                                                                                                                       Each year the Department takes part in the national sustainability
                                                                                                                                                       programme ‘Green Impact’. Green Impact (info.lse.ac.uk/staff/
                                                                               Staff-Student Liaison Committee                                         divisions/estates-division/sustainable-lse/get-involved/green-
Financial Help and Support                                                     A student from each year of each degree programme is elected in the     impact) is an accredited programme which empowers teams of staff
                                                                               first two weeks of Michaelmas Term to represent the views of his/her    and students across the School to promote green practices through
The Department operates two funds to support students who                      peers at their departmental Staff-Student Liaison Committees (SSLC).    the completion of workbook actions and project work. Those who
experience temporary economic hardship during their studies:                   There is one SSLC for undergraduate students and one SSLC for post      volunteer for the Green Impact team will be expected to help organise
                                                                               graduate students (taught and research). Each SSLC meets once in        green initiatives and events throughout the year and promote
                                                                               the Michaelmas and Lent terms, and is chaired by the Departmental       sustainable practices in the Department and the School.
Titmuss Meinhardt Hardship Fund
                                                                               Tutor (UG) or the Deputy Head of Department for Teaching (PGT).
Available to all Social Policy students in cases of unforeseeable              These meetings address wider Departmental and School issues and
financial need or emergency and where students have been unable to
                                                                                                                                                       Yearbook Committee
                                                                               matters relating to the student teaching and learning experience.
obtain assistance from the School’s Financial Support Office.                  Normally in attendance are Programme Directors, Programme               A student Yearbook Committee is formed at the start of the
                                                                               Administrators and the student programme representatives.               academic year tasked with creating and developing yearbooks which
Contact: Damian Roberts, Department Manager:                                                                                                           will serve as a souvenir for Social Policy students due to graduate
d.p.roberts@lse.ac.uk                                                                                                                                  the following year. Students on the committee will be responsible
                                                                               School Committees                                                       for developing a high-quality personalised publication and act as an
MSc Conference and Research Fund                                               One student representative from each of the Undergraduate, Taught       editorial team responsible for deciding on the design of the book and
                                                                               Graduate and Research Student programmes also serve on the              the content to be included.
To provide up to £50 to help with the cost of attending events such
                                                                               Students’ Consultative Fora. The Department will request volunteers
as workshops or conferences, or with the cost of research-related
                                                                               for these posts at the beginning of the Michaelmas term.
activities such as travel or participant interview expenses. Applicants                                                                                Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)
should provide a statement of not less than 250 words detailing                                                                                        representatives
how attendance or activities would benefit their studies and/or                Student Community & Opportunities                                       Please see page 17 for further information about the role of a Student
dissertation research. Successful applicants will also be required                                                                                     Staff Liaison representative in the Department. Students interested
                                                                               There are a number of opportunities for Social Policy students to
in due course to provide a short testimonial detailing how they                                                                                        in the position will need to submit a 200 word (max) expression of
                                                                               be involved with the Department and its activities. You can find
benefitted from the funding.                                                                                                                           interest which will be made available to students in the Department.
                                                                               further information about these opportunities on the Social Policy
                                                                               website here: lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/student-         In the Michaelmas term week 2 core course lecture those who
Contact: Damian Roberts, Department Manager
                                                                               opportunities                                                           have expressed interested will be invited to make a brief (1 minute)
d.p.roberts@lse.ac.uk
                                                                                                                                                       statement outlining why they wish to be elected. Any student who
                                                                                                                                                       may wish to stand on the basis of their statement alone may also do
                                                                               Student Events Committee                                                so. Students will then vote for who they would like to represent their
                                                                               A student-led events committee is formed at the start of each           programme via an online poll by the end of Michaelmas Term week.
                                                                               academic year. Students on the committee are given a budget and
                                                                               the freedom to organise both academic and social events. The            How can I get involved?
                                                                               committees are expected to hold regular meetings and organise
                                                                               events throughout the year that are inclusive for all students in the   You should have received information about how to register you
                                                                               Department.                                                             interest in the various committees and teams during the summer
                                                                                                                                                       via email from the Department. A session will also be held at the
                                                                                                                                                       end of Welcome as part of your induction which will provide more
                                                                                                                                                       information about how you can be involved. If you missed the chance
                                                                                                                                                       to sign-up for these opportunities at the start of the academic year,
                                                                                                                                                       and would like to be involved then please contact the Programme
                                                                                                                                                       Administration team in the first instance.

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Other Opportunities                                                             Academic Mentor
                                                                                     At the start of your degree programme, you will be assigned an
     Language Bursaries                                                              Academic Mentor, who is also usually your dissertation supervisor.
                                                                                     Your Academic Mentor is your tutor and will guide and assist you
     The Department provides you with the opportunity to take a non-                 in your learning development and is also available to help with any
     degree language at LSE’s Language Centre, lse.ac.uk/language-                   personal difficulties.
     centre. This is fully funded by the Department! Learning a language
     can give you a fantastic opportunity in the workplace in today’s global         The Academic Mentor’s responsibilities include:
     society and can help you in your personal development.
                                                                                     •   Providing academic guidance and feedback on students' progress
                                                                                         and performance and to discuss any academic problems they
                                                                                         might experience.

     Teaching and Academic Support                                                   •   Providing pastoral support on non-academic issues and referring
                                                                                         students to the appropriate support services within the School.
     Teaching                                                                        •   Implementing the provisions outlined in Inclusion Plans (IPs) for
     Lectures are an integral part of your programme and will introduce                  disabled students, in liaison with the School's Disability and Well-
     themes and ideas on a particular topic before the corresponding                     Being Service.
     seminar. Every lecture at the LSE is open to all students, subject to
     space in the lecture theatre, so if you would like to attend additional         •   Advising /approving course selection.
     lectures out of interest, and your timetable permits, do take
                                                                                     •   Informing the Programme Manager and Departmental Tutor and
     advantage of this opportunity. Attendance at seminars is compulsory
                                                                                         School of any student whose progress is not satisfactory.
     and attendance is recorded.
                                                                                     You should make arrangements to see your mentor and aim to do
                                                                                     so at least twice each term, or more frequently if you are having
     Advice and Feedback Hours
                                                                                     particular difficulties. You can also use the advice and feedback hour
     The purpose of “advice and feedback hours” is to give students                  system to keep in touch with your Academic Mentor. Any issues
     regular access to teachers. This gives you the opportunity to talk to           that cannot be resolved with your mentor can be taken to your
     your course teachers on a 1-2-1 basis. If you need clarification on a           Programme Manager.
     particular topic, are having any difficulties with the course, or if you
     are interested in their particular field of study and want to know more,
     you can visit the course teacher during their advice and feedback
                                                                                     Other Support For You
     hour. You can see any teacher during their advice and feedback hour,            You can come and see the Postgraduate Programme Support Team
     even if you are not a student on one of their courses.                          at any time in OLD.2.48 if you need support throughout your studies.
                                                                                     They are usually here at the following times:
     All teachers hold an advice and feedback hour at least once a week
     during term time. Some teachers operate a drop in session, whilst               Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm (term-time)
     others ask you to book an appointment via LSE for You. You can
     check a teacher’s advice and feedback hour on the Who’s Who pages               You can also contact them by phone: 020 7 955 6001 or by email:
     of the departmental website, on the sign outside their office door and,         socialpolicy.msc@lse.ac.uk
     for some courses, on Moodle. If you are unable to attend a particular
     advice and feedback hour, for example because of a timetable clash,             If you prefer to book a time to come and see them, please do contact
     you can contact the individual teacher to arrange an appointment at             them by email or arrange a visit via the Student Hub: info.lse.ac.uk/
     an alternative time.                                                            current-students/student-hub

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Examination and Assessment

Formative Assessment                                                           You should make your request as early as possible. Extensions will
                                                                               be granted only where there is good cause backed by supporting
                                                                                                                                                         This and supporting documentation must be submitted to the
                                                                                                                                                         Student Services Centre on the ground floor of the Old Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            •   Construct persuasive, theoretically informed oral and written
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                arguments in relation to key debates in contemporary social policy
Formative (non-assessed) coursework is designed to prepare you                 evidence (e.g. medical certificate), and where the circumstances are      within seven days of your last exam or your dissertation/coursework
for the summative (assessed) work that you will complete later in              unforeseen and out of the student's control. All evidence must be in      submission deadline.                                                               •   Apply a comprehensive understanding of social policy as a multi-
                                                                               English, or accompanied by a certified translation.                                                                                                              disciplinary field of study to the analysis of social problems
the course. Formative assessment might include essays, problem
                                                                                                                                                         info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/services/assessment-and-results/
sets, presentations or mock examinations. The purpose is to provide
                                                                               Useful information outlining the School’s Extension Policy                exceptional-circumstances/exceptional-circumstances                                •   Understand and deploy basic qualitative and quantitative research
you with an opportunity for feedback on your work. All courses
                                                                               is available here: info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/services/                                                                                                     skills in the study of social policy problems
include some kind of formative assessment and you will be given
                                                                               assessment-and-results/exceptional-circumstances/
full information about the required piece(s) of work by the course
                                                                               extension-policy
                                                                                                                                                         Penalties for the Late Submission of                                               Each degree programme also has specific learning outcomes linked
convener and/or your Programme Administrator.                                                                                                            Summative Coursework                                                               to QAA standards.2
                                                                               You can find further information on the Department’s extension            If you do not submit a piece of summative assessment by the set                    Each programme has a conceptual “spine” of core courses which, in
                                                                               process here: lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/                   deadline (or extended deadline as appropriate), a late penalty may                 combination with option courses, ensure the full range of learning
                                                                               Assessment-Coursework-and-Examinations                                    apply. Five marks (out of 100) will be deducted for coursework
Summative Assessment                                                                                                                                     submitted within 24 hours of the deadline and a further five marks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            outcomes.

                                                                               Exceptional Circumstances                                                 will be deducted for each subsequent 24-hour period (working days
Summative assessment counts towards your final degree award.                                                                                                                                                                                Section 2 - Assessment Process
                                                                                                                                                         only) until the coursework is submitted. After five working days,
Summative assessment may take the form of a written examination,               Exceptional circumstances are those which you feel may have had           coursework will only be accepted with the permission of the Chair of               The Department provides a combination of different assessment
an essay, a presentation or a combination of two or three of these             a significant impact on your academic performance during an exam          the Sub-Board of Examiners.                                                        methods within each programme. This approach ensures students
modes of assessment. The modes of summative assessment are                     or other summative assessment. Such circumstances might include,
set out in each course guide and you will be given full details of your                                                                                                                                                                     develop the relevant knowledge and skills, and allows the Department
                                                                               but are not limited to, illness, injury, or bereavement. If you wish to
summative assessment by the relevant Programme Administrator.                                                                                            Word Limits                                                                        to test their learning effectively.
                                                                               make the Sub-Board of Examiners aware of your circumstances and
                                                                               how these have affected your performance, please complete the             Any written work for Social Policy courses will specify a word limit               Formative assessment develops the knowledge and skills that
Extensions                                                                     Exceptional Circumstances form (available from the Student Service        and you should not go beyond this when writing your work.                          students come to LSE to acquire. Formative assessment is a
                                                                               Centre). The form should be accompanied supporting evidence of                                                                                               compulsory part of every course and includes: class/seminar
If you believe that you will be unable to meet a summative                     your circumstances (such as doctor's letter, hospital note, death         If a piece of coursework exceeds the set word limit, the markers will              discussions and presentations; essays; problem sets; dissertation
assessment deadline because of illness/injury, bereavement or                  certificate or police report).                                            make a judgement based only on the content up to the word limit.                   proposals and mock examinations. Formative assessment does
other serious personal circumstances, and you need to request an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            not count towards the calculation of a student’s overall degree
extension to the submission deadline, you should do so as early as                                                                                       Other Departments may have different rules on word limits, so do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            classification.
possible and in advance of the deadline.                                                                                                                 be sure to check these if you are taking courses from Departments
                                                                                                                                                         outside of Social Policy, before you start your work!                              Summative assessment tests whether students have acquired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the learning outcomes that are described above. This is achieved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            through a variety of methods including closed book and take-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            home examinations, presentations, coursework and dissertations.
                                                                                                                                                         Social Policy: Departmental                                                        Summative assessment counts towards the calculation of a student’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            overall degree classification.
                                                                                                                                                         Assessment and Feedback Strategy 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marking:
                                                                                                                                                         Section 1 – Assessment Aims                                                        A marking framework is used by markers for all summative and
                                                                                                                                                         Social Policy is an interdisciplinary and applied subject concerned                formative assessment. The Departmental marking framework
                                                                                                                                                         with the analysis of different societies' responses to inequality and              is included in each programme handbook and is also discussed
                                                                                                                                                         social need. The Department’s teaching and assessment approach                     in classes/seminars. Several courses also have course specific
                                                                                                                                                         builds on LSE’s commitment to connecting theory with empirical                     marking frameworks, which you will find on the course’s Moodle
                                                                                                                                                         research, and the application of research to ‘real world’ policy                   page. These are designed to help you as much as possible when
                                                                                                                                                         problems.                                                                          planning your work.

                                                                                                                                                         Learning outcomes:                                                                 For the majority of courses, each piece of summative work is double-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            blind marked. The first and second internal examiners then agree the
                                                                                                                                                         Upon successful completion of their studies, students will be able to:             final internal mark. An External Examiner also receives a sample of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scripts and other assessed material from the top, middle and bottom
                                                                                                                                                         •   Outline and evaluate contemporary concepts and empirical                       of the range in order to confirm that internal marking has been
                                                                                                                                                             evidence in relation to the main areas of social policy formulation            consistent and of an appropriate standard. This provides a third level
                                                                                                                                                             and implementation                                                             of assessment scrutiny.

                                                                                                                                                         •   Critically evaluate the suitability, implications and effects of social        For some courses a system of single-marking with moderation is
                                                                                                                                                             policies in different social sectors and across different national             used for summative work. Each script is marked by a first marker,
                                                                                                                                                             contexts                                                                       and a selection of scripts is then ‘moderated’ by a second marker to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 For further details, see lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/TQARO/
                                                                                                                                                         1 This document has been drafted with reference to the LSE Academic Code           ProgrammeSpecifications/SocialPolicy/Home.aspx

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ensure marking standards are consistent. Scripts that are single-
marked are also reviewed by the External Examiner as described
                                                                               Summative:
                                                                               For assessments set in Michaelmas or Lent Term: feedback
                                                                                                                                                         Marking Framework: MSc Programmes
above. Course Convenors will inform students if single marking with            is normally provided to students within four term-time weeks              This is a guide to the principal criteria used for the marking of both assessed and 'formative' written work. You should check Moodle for
moderation applies to a particular course.                                     of submission and, where possible, prior to future summative              tailored marking frameworks for specific courses. The descriptors given are merely illustrative of the standards that markers apply. Feedback
                                                                               assessment. Along with written feedback, a provisional mark is            from markers will usually include specific comments under each of the four headings below. Overall marks/grades awarded will reflect an
Extremely careful consideration is given to ensuring that appropriate          provided.                                                                 overall judgement, based on all four criteria, but will additionally take account of the extent to which students have substantively answered the
methods of assessment are used on each individual course and all
                                                                                                                                                         question(s) set.
proposals must be approved at an All Department Meeting. Once                  For assessments set in the Summer Term: for students whose
approved, final consideration is given by the School’s Undergraduate           degree programme is continuing, feedback is normally provided
or Graduate Studies Sub-Committee.                                             within four weeks of the beginning of the following term.                                                                                                      CRITERIA
Plagiarism:                                                                    Final year graduates and undergraduates will receive feedback on           Class         Mark             Structure                Awareness
The Department ensures that the School’s rules on plagiarism                   their dissertations within four weeks of the beginning of the following                                                                                           Knowledge Base                Argument / Critical Analysis
                                                                                                                                                                                        and Clarity                and use
are clearly communicated to all students. Each programme                       term in which the dissertation was submitted.                                                                                                                    and Understanding                   and Conclusion
                                                                                                                                                                                       of Expression             of Literature
handbook clearly sets out the Department’s policy on plagiarism,
signposts students to the School’s guidance, and provides examples             Further guidance on how to make the most of feedback to improve            Distinction   75+        Exceptionally well       Excellent use of              Excellent understanding and         Argument marshalled in an
of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. Additional                 future performance can be found on each course’s Moodle page.                                       rounded argument;        extensive literature          outstanding exposition of           outstanding manner with
sessions that cover plagiarism are incorporated into the teaching for                                                                                                              persuasively written     well beyond the               relevant issues; impressively       excellent integration of theory/
dissertation courses.                                                                                                                                                                                       reading list which            well informed; insightful           conceptual framework;
                                                                               Section 4 – Communication
                                                                                                                                                                                                            is impressively               awareness of nuances and            searching questioning,
                                                                               Students are informed of the guidelines on assessment and feedback                                                           exploited                     complexities. No major              unbiased approach;
Section 3 – Feedback                                                           through the following platforms:                                                                                                                           room for improvement, given         unambiguous evidence of
What is feedback?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         constraints of essay form           original and independent
                                                                               •   This Departmental Assessment Strategy document is included in                                                                                                                              thought.
•   Feedback is information about students’ work that they can use to              each programme handbook.
    make improvements.                                                                                                                                                  70-74      Excellent, logically     Very good use                 Very good understanding and         Well constructed arguments
                                                                               •   This document is also circulated to student representatives at the                              developed argument;      of wide range of              exposition of relevant issues;      with appropriate use of theory/
•   Feedback is an integral part of the teaching and learning process.             MT SSLC meeting (the minutes of which will be available to all                                  very well written        literature to support         well informed; good awareness       conceptual framework;
                                                                                   students); and is also provided to External Examiners.                                                                   argument / points             of nuances and complexities         questioning, unbiased approach;
•   Feedback is a two-way process which is most effective when                                                                                                                                                                                                                clear evidence of independent
    students engage with it fully.                                             The main formal opportunities students have to receive and discuss                                                                                                                             thought; good demonstration of
                                                                               feedback are:                                                                                                                                                                                  originality of thought
The Department is committed to providing timely, regular and
constructive feedback to students and promotes ‘feedback literacy’             •   Tutorial meetings                                                      Merit         65-69      Very well developed      Good use of wide              Clear awareness and exposition      High standard of critical
among all its teachers and students. We ensure students understand                                                                                                                 argument; well           range of literature to        of relevant issues; some            analysis with appropriate choice
the full range of feedback methods and opportunities available to              •   Advice and Feedback Hours                                                                       expressed                support arguments             awareness of nuances and            and use of theory/conceptual
them. This encourages them to engage actively with feedback, by                                                                                                                                                                           complexities but tendency to        framework; some questioning of
learning to recognise when feedback is being given, the different
                                                                               •   Via email
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          simplify matters                    literature
forms it takes, and by understanding how best to use it.
                                                                               •   Via Moodle                                                                           60-64      Logically presented      Adequate use of               Shows awareness of issues but       Appropriate choice and use of
When and how is feedback given?                                                                                                                                                    argument; clearly        standard literature to        lapses into description in places   theory/conceptual framework;
                                                                               Students are expected to:
                                                                                                                                                                                   expressed                support arguments                                                 attempts analysis
Feedback is given in accordance with the School’s Academic Code
                                                                               •   Understand when feedback is being given and what it means              Pass          50-59      Poorly developed         Use of narrow range           Work shows understanding of         Weak understanding or use
and the Department makes every effort to ensure that it is delivered
                                                                                                                                                                                   argument; meaning        of standard literature        issue but at superficial level;     of chosen theory/conceptual
in a timely and effective manner.                                              •   Ask the person giving feedback for clarification it if is not clear
                                                                                                                                                                                   not necessarily or       to support arguments          no more than expected from          framework; too descriptive and/
Formative:                                                                     •   Discuss feedback with fellow students – peer review can also be                                 entirely clear                                         attendance at lectures; some        or analysis too superficial
Feedback on formative work is normally provided within three term-                 useful feedback                                                                                                                                        irrelevant material
time weeks of the submission deadline. It is provided to support and
                                                                                                                                                          Fail          40-49      Confusingly              Relies on superficial         Establishes a few relevant          No choice or use of theory/
foster student learning, and to prepare students for summative work.
                                                                                                                                                                                   structured and           repeat of lecture/            points but superficial and          conceptual framework; essay
Assignments are returned to students with constructive commentary
                                                                                                                                                                                   argued; meaning          seminar notes                 confused; much irrelevant           almost wholly descriptive; no
and guidance for future progress. Feedback is provided in two main
forms: in writing (normally using the standard form, including a mark),
                                                                               Support on Using Feedback                                                                           unclear                                                material                            grasp of analysis with many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              errors and/or omissions
or orally (students are expected to take notes).                               Here is a link (lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Assets/Documents/PDF/
                                                                               Current-Students/FeedbackHandbookFinal.pdf) to a helpful guide             Bad fail      < 40       Lacking structure        No significant                Very little or no understanding     No choice or use of theory/
Students are also provided with additional feedback opportunities at                                                                                                               and meaningful           reference to literature       of the issues raised by the topic   conceptual framework; essay
                                                                               on how to make the most out of your feedback. You will also find this
Academic Mentor meetings and Advice and Feedback Hours.                                                                                                                            argument; difficult to                                 or topic misunderstood; content     almost wholly descriptive; no
                                                                               on each Moodle course page for your PG courses.
                                                                                                                                                                                   understand                                             largely irrelevant                  grasp of analysis with many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              errors and/or omissions

                                                                                                                                                          NOTE: marks < 30 signifies work that is significantly flawed or seriously inadequate; marks < 15 signifies work representing only a minimal or
                                                                                                                                                          no serious attempt.

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