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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM147: The Kurds: History and Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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
Class discussions and presentationsWeekly1-4; 11Verbal feedback
Project Proposal1200 words1-4; 9; 11Oral and Written 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
Essay504,000 words1-12Written (and verbal by appointment with student)
Project3010-15 minutes class presentation; materials for submission (images/films/slides; or short essay – TBD on individual basis with module convenor)1-12Written and verbal
Academic Book Review201500 words1-12Written (and verbal by appointment with student)


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 (4,000 words)1-12Next reassessment period
ProjectProject, including short 1000-word reflective essay (to replace class presentation)1-12Next reassessment period
Academic Book ReviewAcademic book review (1500 words)1-12Next reassessment period