Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3255: Deliberating the Environmental Emergency: The Citizens' Assembly

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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
Participation in group work during citizens’ assembly, term 245 min group deliberation (observation lasting 10 mins per group)2-3Written observation from tutors after 1st group deliberation session
5 x Reflective Logs (about the thematic group deliberations, forming a source of primary evidence to be used in the Summative Analytical Report), term 2350 words each (total 1,750 words)1; 4; 5-6Individual written feedback for log 1; Class feedback for logs 2-5

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
Essay (term 1)503,000 words2-3Written feedback
Citizens’ Assembly Analytical Report (term 2)503,000 words1; 4; 5-6Written 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
EssayEssay (3,000 words)2-3August/September reassessment period
Citizens’ Assembly Analytical ReportCitizen Assembly Analytical Report (3,000 words)1; 4; 5-6August/September reassessment period