Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2163: Pandemic Politics: Studying the Social and Political Context of COVID-19

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
Blog post – ideas for policy report1000 words1-6Oral and written
Journal entries – students will be asked to keep a weekly journal recording their thoughts on their personal experiences and the social and political consequences of the crisis10 entries of around 100 words each – 1000 words total7Oral
Review of 5 student presentations. This will be completed in advance of policy report and will assist with preparation.1000 words1-6Peer review & oral

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
Policy Report603,500 words1-6Written
Recorded presentation4015 minutes1-6Written


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
Policy reportPolicy report (3,500 words)1-6August/September reassessment period
Recorded presentationRecorded presentation (15 minutes)1-6August/September reassessment period