Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM157: Global Issues in European Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay plan600 words, to be discussed with peers1-8Verbal peer feedback

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay604000 words1-7Written feedback
Presentation209 minutes per student (assessment based on individual presentation)1-8Verbal feedback
Reaction to reading20900 words, reaction to a reading posted online on ELE before the session (so they can inform in-class discussions)1-8Verbal feedback


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay 4000 words1-7August/September re-assessment period
Presentation1500 word report covering the topic of the presentation1-8August/September re-assessment period
Reactions to readings900 word reaction paper1-7August/September re-assessment period