Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3155: Law, Politics and Power

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
Participation in workshop discussions (this is relevant because each cycle includes two workshops, with the first leading into the second; also students will need to draw on workshop work for the summative reflective commentary)Individual contributions in workshopsAllComments from other students and tutor
Short essay – voluntary submission of a draft section of, or plan for, the summative essay; draft or plan may be reworked and developed on basis of feedback in preparation for the summative essay1000 wordsAllWritten comments; oral feedback available on request
Mock exam - voluntary and self-marked2.5 hourAllSample exam paper with self-marking material and guidance made available on ELE; further guidance from tutor available on request

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
One essay comprising two parts: (1) 3000 word essay (from choice of two titles) (2) 750 word reflective commentary503750 totalAllWritten; plus general feedback to be posted on ELE
Examination502.5 hoursAllGeneral feedback to be posted on ELE after exam. Oral feedback available on request


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
Essay as aboveEssay as aboveAllAugust / September re-assessment period
ExaminationExamination (2.5 hours)AllAugust/ September re-assessment period