Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3109: Politics in a Global Urban Age

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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
Problem Statement: Debates and Stakes 500 words1-2, 4-6, 7-9Written
Critical Research Essay Proposal 300 words + 5 annotated sources1-6, 8-10Written

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
Debate2020 minutes (prepared statements + open debate)1-10Written & verbal
Portfolio: Critical Reflections/ Field Journal 303 x 650 words + 3 images (one field-based reflection)1-6, 8-10Written
Critical Research Essay503,000 words1-6, 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
DebatePosition Paper – Argument & Counter-Argument 1000 words1-10August/September reassessment period
Portfolio: Critical Reflections/ Field Journal3 x 650 words + 3 images (one field-based reflection)words1-6, 8-10August/September reassessment period
Critical Research Essay3,000 words1-6, 8-9August/September reassessment period