Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM167: Global Governance: Institutions and Challenges

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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 plan500 words1-7Written

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
Essay 1 long (research project)504000 words1-7Written
Essay 2 short (opinion editorial, or policy brief)301200 words1-7Written
Group presentation (global challenges debate)2015 minutes1-7Written & oral by peers


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
Essay 1 long (research project)Essay 1 long (research project)1-7Term 2 reassessment period
Essay 2 short (opinion editorial, or policy brief)Essay 2 short (opinion editorial, or policy brief)1-7Term 2 reassessment period
Group presentation (global challenges debate)Group presentation (global challenges debate)1-7As soon as possible after the presentation date and latest before the end of term 1