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Oxford University Gazette, 12 March 2009: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval of the Education Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Social Sciences Board, the following changes in regulations made by the Social Sciences Board and the Law Board will come into effect on 27 March.

1 Social Sciences Board

(a) Final Honour School of School of Archaeology and Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 170, l. 39, delete 'Peoples of North East Africa' and substitute 'Culture and Society of West Africa.'

2 Ibid., p. 171, l. 11, delete 'The anthropology of healing' and substitute 'The anthropology of medicine.'


(b) M.Phil in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 545, l. 9, after 'the Final Examination is taken.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(c) M.Phil in Medical Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 547, l. 8, delete 'two copies' and substitute 'three copies.'

2 Ibid., p. 547, l. 11, after 'the Final Examination is taken.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(d) M.Phil in Social Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 586 l. 32, after 'the Final Examination is taken.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(e) M.Sc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 696 l. 29, delete 'approximately' and substitute 'no more than.'

2 Ibid., p. 696 l. 34, after 'the Final Examination is taken.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(f) M.Sc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 738, l. 22, delete ' approximately' and substitute 'no more than'.

2 Ibid., l. 26, after 'Trinity Term' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'

3 Ibid., l. 44, delete 'specified for' and substitute 'shared with.'

4 Ibid., l. 45, delete 'and shared.'

5 Ibid., after l. 46 insert:

'This paper focuses on anthropology's distinctive contribution to understanding social and cultural form and process, and the role of human creativity within them. Attention will be paid to the subject's history and its place within broader concerns of politics, colonialism, and culture; issues of scale and power; the formation of museum collections; and also to the place of the socio-cultural in constituting such "natural" phenomena as ecology, landscape, and population. Special attention will be given to key transitions in ethnographic practice and the writing of ethnography; and to the way that anthropology has approached fundamental themes such as the naturalness or otherwise of "the family" ;, and the relativities of persons, gender, and agency. Coverage of these themes may include such topics as: categories and comparison; non-market exchange; systems of knowledge; literary and visual representations; identity, place, and boundaries; technology, modernism, and material culture; models and measurement; structure, rules, and genre.'

6 Ibid., p. 739 l. 24, delete 'Practical' and insert 'Topical'.


(g) M.Sc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (Research Methods)

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 741 l. 15, after 'topic of research.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


( h) M.Sc in Medical Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 746 l. 38, delete 'approximately' and substitute 'no more than.'

2 Ibid., p. 746, l. 46, after 'High Street, Oxford.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(i) M.Sc in Social Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 769 l. 14, delete 'approximately' and insert 'no more than'.

2 Ibid., p. 769 l. 24, after 'High Street, Oxford.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'

3 Ibid., p. 769 l. 38, delete 'specified for' and insert 'shared with'.

4 Ibid., p. 769 l. 39, delete 'and shared'.

5 Ibid., p. 769 l. 40, after '(as specified'social Anthropology)' insert:

'This paper focuses on anthropology's distinctive contribution to understanding social and cultural form and process, and the role of human creativity within them. Attention will be paid to the subject's history and its place within broader concerns of politics, colonialism, and culture; issues of scale and power; the formation of museum collections; and also to the place of the socio-cultural in constituting such 'natural' phenomena as ecology, landscape, and population. Special attention will be given to key transitions in ethnographic practice and the writing of ethnography; and to the way that anthropology has approached fundamental themes such as the naturalness or otherwise of 'the family', and the relativities of persons, gender, and agency. Coverage of these themes may include such topics as: categories and comparison; non-market exchange; systems of knowledge; literary and visual representations; identity, place, and boundaries; technology, modernism, and material culture; models and measurement; structure, rules, and genre.'

6 Ibid., p. 770 l. 24, delete 'Practical' and substitute 'Topical.'


(j) M.Sc in Social Anthropology (Research Methods)

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 772 l. 7, delete 'Practical' and substitute 'Topical'.

2 Ibid., p. 772, l. 14, after 'topic of research.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(k) M.Sc in Social Science of the Internet

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 722, after l. 33 insert:

'1. Candidates must follow for three terms a course of instruction in Social Science of the Internet.

2. The examination will be in four parts, as follows:

A. Two compulsory core papers in Social Dynamics of the Internet and Internet Technologies and Regulation, both assessed by examination.

B. One compulsory core paper in research methods, Social Research Methods and the Internet, part I and part II, assessed by written coursework and an examination. Details of and arrangements for submission of the written course work shall be notified to candidates by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term.

C. Two option papers, to be chosen from a list to be published on the Oxford Internet Institute Web site annually by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term. Not all options may be available every year. The option papers will be assessed by written coursework, details of and arrangements for submission of which shall be notified to candidates by the first Monday of Michaelmas Term. Candidates may, after special permission of the Oxford Internet Institute's Graduate Studies Committee, take one option paper from outside the list of the department's options.

D. A thesis of not more than 10,000 words on a topic within the subject of the course, to be specified jointly by supervisor and student, and approved by the programme director. Two written copies of the thesis must be delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon of the weekday on or nearest to 1 of August of the year in which the examination is to be taken. Successful candidates will be required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Oxford Internet Institute Library.

3. The examiners may examine any candidate viva voce.

4. The examiners may award a Distinction for excellence in the whole examination on the basis of the material submitted to them.'


(l) M.Sc in Visual Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 779 l. 19, delete 'approximately' and substitute 'no more than'.

2 Ibid., p. 779, l. 28, after 'High Street, Oxford.' insert 'The word count shall be stated on the outside front cover of the thesis.'


(m) M.St in Social Anthropology

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 663, l. 5, delete 'Monday' and substitute 'Tuesday'.


(n) Special Regulations of Divisional and Faculty Boards concerning Research Degrees: Additional regulations for Development Studies

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008 p. 905, after l. 32 insert:

'Probationer Research Student entrants must confirm status by the end of the ninth term after arrival in Oxford, and entrants from the M.Phil in Development Studies must do so by the end of their eleventh term after arrival in Oxford.'


(o) Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008, after p. 1051 insert:

'POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN
ORGANISATIONAL LEADERSHIP (PART-TIME)

GENERAL REGULATIONS

1. The Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School shall have the power to grant Postgraduate Diplomas in Organisational Leadership to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the committee may prescribe by regulation.

2. The examination for the Postgraduate Diploma shall be under the supervision of the Executive Committee of the Saïd Business School which shall have power, subject to the approval of the Divisional Board, to make regulations governing the examination.

3. Candidates may be admitted as students for the Postgraduate Diploma under such conditions as the committee shall prescribe, provided that before admission candidates shall have satisfied the committee that they have appropriate educational experience acceptable to the committee, have relevant professional experience, and are well equipped to enter the proposed course of study.

4. Any person who has been accepted as a candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma, and who has satisfactorily pursued the course prescribed by the committee, may be admitted to the examination.

(ii) SPECIAL REGULATIONS

1. Candidates must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Organisational Leadership. Candidates must complete:

(a) four courses, and satisfy the examiners in the assessment associated with each course. The four courses are:

Understanding Management Success

The Strategic Mindset

Meeting the Organisational Challenge

The Strategic Leader

Details can be found in the course handbook.

(b) Courses may be assessed by one or more of the following: written examinations, individual assignments, and group assignments, subject to the constraint that at least 50 per cent of marks in any course must be assigned to individual work.

(c) A project report not exceeding 10,000 words on a topic agreed by the examiners. Three typewritten/wordprocessed copies of the project report must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners for the Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership, c/o Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford, not later than 12 noon on the date stipulated in the year in which the written examination is taken. The submission date will be published by the course director before the first Monday of the first term in which students commence the course. All material submitted for the project report shall be accompanied by a statement signed by the candidate indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

2. Candidates may be examined viva voce on any assessment, the project report, or both.

3. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

4. Candidates who fail an assessment may be re-examined on not more than one occasion which normally shall be within one year of their initial failure.'


2 Board of the Faculty of Law

Special regulations for research degrees

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 909, l. 43, delete 'confidential'.

2 Ibid., l. 44, after 'purpose', insert 'or in a separate communication sent directly to the Graduate Studies Administrator'.

3 Ibid., delete from p.909, l.47 to p.910, l. 9, and substitute:

'(iv) The documents described above under (ii) and (iii) shall be considered by an assessor, appointed by the Graduate Studies Committee, who shall, wherever practicable, be one of those who acted at the time of the candidate's transfer to D.Phil status. Having assessed the material, he/she shall recommend to the Committee either (a) that confirmation of D.Phil status be approved or (b) that a further assessment be conducted.

(v) If the committee/assessor adopts (b), a second assessor shall be appointed. The assessors shall have power to request an additional piece of written work, which shall normally be of 20,000–30,000 words in length and intended to form part of the thesis, and shall normally be submitted within a month of the assessors' request. The assessors shall interview the candidate and submit a joint written report to the Graduate Studies Committee, normally within one month of receiving the additional written work (or within one month of receiving the initial application, if they decide no additional written work is required). The report shall include a recommendation as to whether the application should be approved. The faculty may grant the application or refer it back for resubmission. No further resubmission will normally be permitted after the end of the candidate's ninth term.'

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