Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM147: Political Psychology and Rational Choice Approaches to International Relations

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
Preparation of questionsEach week you should come prepared with at least 2 questions and answers based on the assigned readings1-6Verbal

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
10000

...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
Essay504,000 word essay 1-6Written
Written take-home assignment 303 questions of 1,000 words max. each 1-6Written
Small group op-ed (2-4 students)20Written document (1,500 words) 1-6Written

Re-assessment

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
Essay4,000 word essay 1-6August/September re-assessment period
Written take-home assignment3 questions of 1,000 words max. each1-6August/September re-assessment period
Small group op-edIndividually authored 1,500 word op-ed1-6August/September re-assessment period