Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM683: International Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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
Essay on a topic set by the lecturer1,000 words1-7Individual written or oral feedback from module convenor and seminar group.
Individual Presentations (20-30 minutes long, including preparation of slides, reading materials and questions for the discussion at the seminar).15-30 minutes1-7Individualised oral feedback from module convenor. Collective oral feedback from module convenor and the seminar group
Individual and group work forming part of a simulated command post exercise1,000 words1-7Individual and collective oral feedback from the module convenor and the exercise participants.

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
Essay1007,500 words1-7Written individualised feedback with percentage grade


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 (7500 words )1-7August/September reassessment period.

Re-assessment notes

Students resubmitting their essay will have to choose a different topic and/or title from the essay(s) that they submitted originally.