Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3130: Controversies in American Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

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
Questions based on readings or topics to be submitted at the beginning of the week (emailed on Sunday before class) 3-5 questions 4, 5, 7-10Written feedback from module convenor and peer feedback other members of the class

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
Essay703,000 words 1-8,10Written
Group Project Presentation301 x 7.5 minute presentation of slides as part of pair (15 minute presentation total. Notes (all materials handed in via eBART) and evidence of contribution on Trello.4,5,7,8,9Written


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 (3,000 words)1-8,10August/September reassessment period
Group Project Presentation20 minute viva (7.5 min presentation + questions)4,5,7,8,9August/September reassessment period