Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE)

Overview of PPLE TER Process

What are the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) and what do they do?

 

The Teaching and Examination Regulations (TERs) of the bachelor’s degree program in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) set the broader academic and administrative framework of PPLE. TERs are split into two parts. The first part, the general provisions, defines, for example the Admission to PPLE and the Selection Procedure, the Examination opportunities, grading schemes and the binding (negative) study advice. The provisions are general and therefore, similar to those of other bachelor’s degree programs. The second part contains provisions that are specific to the PPLE program. These include among other things, the exit qualifications upon termination of the program, attendance regulation, and core and major-specific courses.

 

The law faculty student council has proposed the following amendments:

  1. We proposed that in case a student takes part in both examination opportunities of a course (i.e., the original exam and the resit) the higher grade should apply.
  2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased use of proctorio and zoom during exams, we suggested that teachers have to specify in the Course Catalogue if surveillance techniques will be used and what those techniques are.
  3. If teachers take longer than the agreed-upon 18 working days to grade an exam and do not publish the grades at least 10 working days before a possible resit, we proposed that the course coordinator shall notify the program committee (PC) about the delay and the reason for it.
  4. PPLE offers students who have successfully completed the bachelors’ degree program with the exception of one course the chance to request an extra examination opportunity. However, students must have obtained a grade higher than 4.0 in one of the examination opportunities while taking the course. We suggested to get rid of that threshold and that the opportunity is granted to students who took the exam regardless of their exam grade.

 

Unfortunately, the PPLE management has rejected all of our proposed amendments. Of course, we are disappointed by this outcome, however will push for new changes in next year’s TER process.

 

The management of PPLE has proposed the following TER amendments:

  1. Replacing the essay that was previously required from students during the selection procedure with a written exam. The PPLE management expects the exam to be a more objective assessment format that is also more representative of the assessment in PPLE. It hopes to attract more diverse candidates with this change.
  2. Slightly redefining the exit qualifications of students graduating from PPLE with a major in politics.
  3. Introducing a new psychology-major course called “A Critical Look on Psychology’s Past and Future”. This course will replace the course “Cultural Psychology”. “Cultural Psychology” will be renamed into “Mind, Behavior and Society II” and taught to PPLE students from all majors.

 

We, as student council, agreed with the proposed amendment except for the name of the new psychology course “A Critical Look on Psychology’s Past and Future”. We know that this is only a minor aspect, however, we think that the course name is too long. We advised the PPLE management/administration to come up with a more concise name that makes people look forward to the course. We are currently waiting for a response from PPLE concerning our advice.