Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3195: Islam Contested: Faith, Thought and Politics in the Contemporary World

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
Short group briefings on a pre-assigned topic & class debatesBriefings: 5-10 minutes1-12Verbal & peer assessed

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
Individual presentation plus question & answer session on a pre-assigned topic4030 minutes1-12Verbal
Extended research paper 503,000 words1-10, 12Written & verbal
Short paper 101,000 words1-10, 12Written & verbal


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
Extended research paper Extended research paper of 3,000 words (50%)1-10, 12August/September re-assessment period
Short paperShort paper of 1,000 words (10%)1-10, 12August/September re-assessment period
Individual presentation plus question & answer session on a pre-assigned topicEssay of 2,500 words setting out your presentation (40%)1-10, 12August/September re-assessment period

Re-assessment notes

If you have been referred/deferred for the presentation you will complete a written summary of this presentation (2,500 words), which will constitute 40% of the module assessment.