Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1009: State, Society and Culture

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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.

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
News article exercise for each seminar on the selection of a news article reflecting the key theme of the seminar. Students will briefly explain their choice of article in class.10200-300 words 1 – 20Oral & written.
Journal article/chapter summary exercise10200-300 words on one of the set readings for each seminar for use in group discussion1-20Written
Referencing and writing skills quiz520 minute online quiz.1-8, 11-15, 17-20Written
Political scenario exercise251,500 words1-8, 11-15, 17-20Written.
Exam501 hour1-8, 11-15, 17, 19-20Written


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.