Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3132: Globalisation and Democratic Politics: the End of the Nation State?

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
Written Assignment: One short essay in preparation of first assessment 1,000 words1-8Written and oral feedback
One Outline in preparation of final assessment500 Words1-8Written and oral feedback

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
Assignment 1: Two short essays on pre-circulated questions252 x 1,000 words1-8Written and oral feedback
Assignment 2: Two essays on topics covered in second part of module50 2 x 2,000 words1-8Written Feedback
Assignment 3: Class Participation, comprising (a) oral class presentation (b) a record of contributions On class topics discussion in the form of brief summaries to be provided to the module convenor by email25(a) One presentation of 10-15 minutes (b) 8-10 short class contributions of c.200 words each1-8Written 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
Assignment 1Written Assignment : 2 short essays on pre-circulated questions (2 x 1,000 words)1-8August/September reassessment period
Assignment 2Written Assignment : 2 essays on pre-circulated questions (2 x 2,000 words)1-8August/September reassessment period
Assignment 3Written Assignment : a review piece of one of the core texts in place of class participation (2,000 words)1-8August/September reassessment period