Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM236: Sociology and Anthropology of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

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
Class discussionsWeekly, during class1-8Direct verbal feedback in seminar

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
Essay502,500 words1-8Written feedback (and verbal feedback during office hours, if required)
Individual oral presentation2015 minutes1-8Written and verbal feedback
Participation in class discussion51-8Verbal feedback
Summative project [project details will be agreed with module convenor; it can include, but is not limited to: short reflective essay (film or exhibition review), photo essay, video work, podcast, fiction]25Written submission of 1,500 words OR 15 minute in-class presentation (to be determined with module convenor, depending on the project)1-8Written feedback; verbal feedback if required


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 (2,500 words)1-8August/September reassessment period
Individual oral presentationIndividual oral presentation (15 minutes)1-8August/September reassessment period
Summative projectSummative project (1,500 words OR 15 minute presentation)1-8August/September reassessment period