Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2115: British Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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
Draft oral evidence speaking notes 500 words2, 3, 5, 6Oral, in office of lecturer, prior to the seminar

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
Oral evidence255-minute opening statement followed by answers to questions from committee members1-7Written by email, following seminar
Written evidence251000 words1-6Written by BART
Research essay502000 words1-2, 4-6Written by BART


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
Oral evidencePrivate oral evidence to lecturer (5 minutes followed by answers to questions)1-7Term 2 or 3
Written evidenceEvidence submission (1,000 words)1-6August/September reassessment period
Research essayResearch essay (2,000 words)1-2, 4-6August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Students with ILPs excusing them from oral presentations should discuss with lecturer.  They will be required to present in private.  Alternate assessments without oral presentation will not assess ILO 7.  Students who do not wish to make an oral presentation are advised not to choose the module.