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Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Postgraduate Certificate International Relations, Level 7, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Postgraduate Certificate International Relations
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Welcome to the Course

Dr John Willott

Welcome to the Politics and International Relations Group!

Your Course Handbook includes information about teaching, assessments, student support and key contacts. Specific details about events, deadlines and module information can be found on our virtual learning environment, MyBeckett.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. As your Course Director I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Dr. John Willott
Postgraduate Course Director Politics and International Relations.

If you are joining us to start your course or returning to continue your studies, I hope you will really enjoy and value your experience over the coming year. Your time at our University can and should be life-changing, and our team of staff are here to support you develop your knowledge, skills and abilities.

This year the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives and your university experience will be different to that in previous years. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date if things change or develop during the year – and please ask if you are unsure about any of the arrangements we are putting in place. As Social Scientists, we both experience and study the changes that are going on around us in the world. We try to understand them and to develop ways in which we can work to improve the lives of people. As students of our school, we want to work with you to develop you as critical, capable and creative graduates. This means being able to question and analyse the world around us, develop innovative solutions to some of the problems we see, and then have the skills to make a positive change.

At all times we aim to be student-centred and really value your feedback. We like to receive feedback on the things you enjoy and that you think we do well, but also want to hear from you when you think there are ways in which we can improve your experience. You can provide feedback in many ways including through your course representatives and through feedback to your tutors and Course Director. If there are anyways that we can help you to get the most from your time at university – please let us know and we will try and help.

I wish you well and hope you have a very enjoyable and successful year.

Professor John Craig

Professor John Craig, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Introduction

As you are studying by distance learning, you are less likely to be affected from the significant changes in delivery for face-to-face students arising from the University’s overall response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as you are part of the University’s academic and student communities, this web page provides general context and one or two areas of specific interest.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment for students and staff.  We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. The University has identified an appropriate mix of blended learning for face to face delivery. Your distance learning course will be completely online, so there will be no change for you in this respect.  

How we will communicate with you

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve and is available on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

Your distance learning course will be delivered completely online, which means you will be accessing your course from a location that is suitable for you, and subject to local measures in place.. 
Information on how teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below.

The course will be delivered 100% online, and it is assumed you have the digital equipment appropriate for your studies.  

Depending on how and where you access your online distance learning course you will need to follow any specific local or national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 risks.

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. As you are studying 100% online, any social distancing measures for your studies will be local to you. 

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this online distance learning course in 2020/21, as in previous years, have been developed by course teams with specialist online course designers. Your course will be delivered online. Our academic and service staff are being supported to work from their homes, if necessary. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

As a distance learning student, you will access support online. Full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. 
Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services. As a distance learning student, your resources are all available digitally, but you can discuss with the Offsite Library Service, or your Academic Librarian, any further needs. 

Even though you are a distance learning students, you still may access the University’s library in person. However, in response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21. If you have been using a library local to where you live, then any visiting arrangements are entirely at their discretion.
Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Academic Advisors are there to offer you academic support throughout your studies. You will be allocated an Academic Advisor in Induction Week and they can help with enhancing your academic writing and reading skills, as well as providing helpful tips on assessments and understanding feedback.

Abi Robinson
a.m.robinson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
0112 8128697
Portland 402, City Campus

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff and at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/course-representatives.htm .
The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available at https://www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/coursereps.

General email for Academic Librarians
ssslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Experience Team, Student Wellbeing, Disability Advice, Student Money, Library and Students’ Union Advice can be found on the Students web page:
http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page. Although your course does not require attendance in a physical classroom, and a number of the sessions may be pre-recorded allowing you to study at times that suit you, you are advised to follow the structure of sessions, often denoted as teaching weeks, outlined in this course handbook. Many of these sessions may be pre-recorded, but there will also be scheduled and timetabled activities. You will be given details of assessment dates and the structure of learning activities during induction via the Virtual Learning Environment where you will encounter the course. Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:

1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

Course Overview

The aims of the programme are:
• transform students into sophisticated, independent and critical thinkers in the field of international relations
• provide students with an understanding of the concepts, theories and methods used in the study of international relations
• provide students with knowledge of the origins, evolution and contemporary dynamics of the international system and challenges to it.
• support students in their transition to postgraduate study so that all students will become confident in their academic and professional abilites and be able to apply their knowledge and skills within complex situations
• provide students with a thorough understanding of research, both as a practice and as a product, and be fully prepared for futher development in either an academic, or professional, environment.

1. Demonstrate a sophistication in their critical thinking that reflects independence of thought and understanding of the political significance of multiple polities coexisting and of political boundary drawing and transforming practices
2. Apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of international relations to analyse political ideas, practices and issues in the international system.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the origins, evolution and contemporary dynamics of the international system and the challenges to it.
4. Evaluate different interpretations of world political events within complex international situations.
5. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of research, both as a practice and as a product, and be fully prepared for further development in either an academic, or professional, environment.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessments include academic essays, applied report style written assignments, group tasks, individual presentations and an extended academic dissertation. The inclusion of a range of assessment types avoids the over-reliance on a narrow range of assessment methods, and allows the development of a greater range of personal, academic and employability skills. The rationale is that:
• Assessment tasks develop ‘real world’ practical skills, such as planning and conducting an interview, dataset analysis, project funding bids and budgeting, and digital learning tasks
• Assessments where possible offer students the flexibility to tailor assessments to their experience, interests or needs, e.g. design of project, choice of case study, dissertation based on the workplace
• Assessments are designed for learning, and to prepare students for a variety of career destinations

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.11 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Formative feedback is always available for assessments, and these may take the form of discussions in class or online, or comments on written plans depending on the module. Summative assessments are submitted via Turnitin, and feedback will comprise four key elements:
• The overall mark
• A Rubric which indicates how the work performed in relation to the marking criteria which are provided for each assessment
• Specific comments (‘Quickmarks’) on the text in Turnitin relating to individual points or phrasing
• A Feedback Summary and overview of the piece of work
Staff are always available by appointment to discuss or clarify feedback where needed, and there may be verbal feedback to the group in class. The four weeks between submission of work and marks and feedback becoming available is because of this level of detail and also because a second member of staff will review the marking and feedback to ensure quality and consistency.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching methods will focus on directed reading and activities, with online discussion boards and debate, supported by mini lectures and tutor feedback. These are supplemented where relevant by sessions developing IT skills using appropriate software. Students are encouraged to set their own tasks, within clearly identified structures, to meet the learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Similarly, reading lists are less prescriptive and encourage students to locate their own resources. The VLE is used to provide materials but also a forum for discussion and the sharing of resources and thoughts.

As a Distance Learner, all your studying is online, and your home (or work) environment and your computer is where you learn and where you meet other people in your learning community. But your classroom is your home as well as your computer. So, it is a good idea if to set aside time and demarcate your study space, so that everyone in your household knows when you are busy. A typical module offers a lot of flexibility as to when you study, but is designed to follow a defined structure of lecture presentations, activities and community discussions broken down into topics and teaching weeks. Keeping on track with this, and engaging with your module tutors and fellow students, will help you get the best out of the course. Tutors will be in regular touch with you: there will be many ways to communicate with your module tutors and fellow students, for example on the virtual learning environment and Ms Teams.

To get a full flavour of how a module will look, we strongly recommend you visit and explore our Induction for Distance Learners web pages.

You should do some essential housekeeping. You should check you have suitable equipment and broadband (at least 2Mbps). Details can be found in the ‘Preparing for Your Course’ section of our ‘Induction for Distance Learning’ web pages, or directly on our Technical Requirements web page. This gives minimum and recommended specifications, how to check your internet speed (as our servers are UK based), the MyBeckett mobile app and other useful information, as well as access to technical support. We strongly suggest you ensure your equipment covers the recommended requirements.

Level 7 Core Modules (2020/21 for FT students and 2020/21 and 2021/22 for standard PT students)
In order for a student to satisfy the subject requirements, they must have completed two of the four following modules;

Theorising International Relations
Gendering the International
Theorising Human Rights
Political Economy of Globalisation

Level 7 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 7 core modules above)
The following option modules are indicative of a typical delivery year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules:

Theorising Development
Developing and Managing Projects
Political Economy of Environmental Crisis

The assessment balance and overall workload associated with this course are calculated from core modules and a sample of option module choices undertaken by a typical student. They have been reviewed and confirmed as representative by the Course Director.

A standard module equates to 200 notional learning hours, which may be comprised of teaching, learning and assessment, placement activities and independent study.

Level 7 is assessed by coursework predominately, with some examinations and practical assessments.

Overall Workload

Level 7

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

70 hours

Independent Study

530 hours

Placement

-

Total

600 hours


Details of School academic staff can be found on the Leeds School of Social Sciences Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to complete and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions outlined as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your online learning activities, study activities, tutorials, seminars, discussions and other activities is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement, participation and presence on the course as these and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement, participation and presence we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any reports covering engagement, participation and presence can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your engagement record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

DL courses are designed to be flexible but there may be circumstances where your studies might be interrupted which stop you from studying (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

As you are completing your studies by distance learning overseas, immigration permission to study is not required and Student visa reporting to UKVI is not relevant. However, there may be times when you may need to travel to the university for a short visit or study block to assist with your studies. Please email the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance Team (siac@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) who can provide information and advice for short term visa requirements.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website or email the Student Immigration Advice and Compliance Team on siac@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

This Course develops a range of skills through class activities and assessments which are valued by employers, including: team-working, research, critical thinking and evaluation, presentation and independent learning. The postgraduate courses have a highly diverse student intake, welcoming people from a variety of backgrounds, experience, previous disciplines and countries. This means discussion and debates are informed by a range of international perspectives, and learning from fellow students and developing cross-cultural understanding is a key part of the course.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

Graduates of this and the other postgraduate courses in the PIR portfolio have gone on to pursue roles in government in a range of countries (including as elected officials, Civil Service, Foreign Office and a number of Ministries) and in business and the media. They also work in NGOs (e.g. Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children), academia and pursue further research and PhDs.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services. Your DL course will use content that is available digitally whether journal articles or e-books, other than in very exceptional circumstances.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

There may be occasions when you wish to access physical book or journal resources or use other University libraries. In all respects you have the same rights as other students. However, as the situation is affected by Covid19 and is under review, you should contact our Offsite Library Service set up for distance learners and for students not based on campus.

Wi-Fi

As a distance learner, you have the same right to use the University’s campus facilities as other students if you wish to. Attendance at campus is limited by Covid19, but should you be on campus, and wish to use Wi-Fi , Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:

1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

The MyBeckett portal is the Virtual Learning Environment and the gateway to engaging with the course, the university as a whole, the support services we offer, your tutors and other students in your learning community. To get a full flavour and useful links, do visit the Induction for Distance Learners pages on our website.

To summarise, MyBeckett will provide access to:
• your module content including topic by topic activities over the semester, and lists of required and recommended reading
• your student community and the means to collaborate and engage with them
• library resources and people to help you
• academic and personal support (Support Tab) and student advice
• your student email account which we strongly recommend you use, as we will use it to communicate with you
• your personal storage area on University IT servers

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

All required reading materials are available electronically via the Module pages on the VLE. There are also links to further reading and learning resources such as websites, videos etc. A key element of the course is that students source their own materials, and they are supported to access the large range of electronic and physical resources provided via the library. Students can download free copies of key software (e.g. MS Office, SPSS) to their personal laptops.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Postgraduate Certificate International Relations

Leeds Beckett University

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 60 credit points at Level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework for England

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

Distance Learning (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

Dr Jonathan Gilmore
Politics Department, School of Social Sciences
University of Manchester

Mr Steven Curtis
Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Social Sciences
London Metropolitan University

Dr Owen Worth
Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Limerick

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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