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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM225: Gender and Politics in the Middle East

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 presentation (blog post)5 minute presentation of a blog post (1000 words), twice during the course1-6, 9Verbal feedback
Project proposal1000 words1-6, 8Written & verbal 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
Essay354,000 words1-8Written feedback
Weekly 'reaction papers'303 x 1000 words1-8Written feedback
Summative project (group or individual). Submissions may take the form of short reflective essays (for example a film or exhibition review); video or photo essays; podcasts; play scripts; short stories; poetry or spoken word; and/or original artwork with details of your creative process. This list is not exhaustive. Submission format and pathway will be agreed individually with the convenor after review of proposals (mid-term).35Written submission of 2000 words OR 15 minute in-class presentation.1-9Written feedback; verbal feedback if required


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 Essay (4000 words)1-8August/September reassessment period
Reaction papersBrief weekly 'reaction papers' written as blog posts (3 x 1000 words)1-8August/September reassessment period
ProjectProject materials, including reflective essay of 2000 words; in-class presentations are not possible.1-8August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Where you have been referred/deferred for the project presentation, you will complete a short essay (2,000 words) that reflects on the process and outcomes of your project.