Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3196: Democracy in the European Union

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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 plan Max. of 500 words1-10 Either oral or in writing

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
In-class presentation or text commentary2015 minutes or 1400 words1-13Oral or written feedback, depending on assessment chosen.
Simulation202 classes1-13Oral feedback
Essay 604,000 words1-10Written 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
Text commentary – written feedbackText commentary – written feedback1-13August/September re-assessment period
Simulation written reflection on advantages and disadvantages of a simulation – 1400 words1-13August/September re-assessment period
Essay Essay (4,000 words)1-10August/September re-assessment period