Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3223: Political and Civic Engagement in an Age of Political Disaffection

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
Presentation planOral during office hours1-4, 7-9Oral feedback
Consultancy Report plan500 words2, 4-7, 11-12Written 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
Critical Reading Summaries352500 (10 x 250 words)1-4, 7-9Written and oral feedback
Consultancy Report504000 words2, 4-7, 11-12Written feedback
Group presentation (students work together consider using a variety of formats including debates, simulations, research presentations and case studies) – 50% of mark awarded is an individual component; 50% is a group component 1510 mins presentation time per person7, 9-10Oral feedback at end of presentation; written 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
Critical reading summaries (10 x250 words)Critical reading summaries (10x250 words)1-4, 7-9August / September re-assessment period
Consultancy Report (4000 words)Consultancy Report (4000 words)2, 4-7, 11-12August/ September re-assessment period
Group presentationWritten case study (1500 words)7, 9-10August/ September re-assessment period