Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2134: Ethnography of the Middle East

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
Reaction papers (x4)500 words4-7Written
Seminar discussions1 hour per week9Oral

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 words1-6, 7-8Written comments and mark
5 x Reaction papers30500 words each4-7Written comments and mark
Ethnographic Book or Article review 201,000 words3-5, 7Written comments and mark


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)1-6, 7-81 month (date to be agreed)
5 x Reaction papersUp to 5 reaction papers (500 words each and the number depending on how many were initially submitted) on relevant articles chosen by the module tutor4-71 month (date to be agreed)
Ethnographic Book or Article reviewEthnographic Book or Article Review (1,000 words)3-5, 71 month (date to be agreed)