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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3155: Law, Politics and Power

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 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 workshop discussionsIndividual contributions in workshopsAllComments from other students and tutor
Short essay - voluntary submission of a draft essay fro the summative portfolio; draft may be reworked and developed on basis of feedback and included in summative portfolio as one of the substantive essays750-1000 wordsAllWritten comments; oral feedback available on request
Mock exam - voluntary and self-marked1 hourAllSelf-marking material and guidance made available on ELE; comments from tutor available on request

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
Portfolio of two elements: (1) 3 x 1500 word substantive essays (2) 1 x 750 word reflective commentary505250 totalAllWritten
Examination502.5 hoursAllGeneral feedback to be posted on ELE after exam. Oral feedback available on request


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
Portfolio of two elements: (1) 3 x 1500 word substantive essays.. (2) 1 x 750 word reflective commentary (5250 words total)Portfolio as above; if one substantive essay causes failure only that essay to be resubmitted; where two or more substantive essays cause failure, all three to be resubmitted; new questions will be setAllAugust / September re-assessment period
ExaminationExamination (2.5 hours)AllAugust/ September re-assessment period