The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essays, source analyses, oral presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews, learning journals, projects and portfolios.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
POLP mandatory module includes an essay and critical report.
POLP optional modules include essays, source/document analyses, portfolios, examinations, and a practical report.
POLP mandatory module includes an essay and a report. You will also have the opportunity to engage in work-based learning/assessment (journal).
POLP optional modules include essays, document analyses, examinations, an individual article, news reports, a reflective journal, a policy briefing, a policy review paper, an individual/group presentation, and oral history interview.
POLP mandatory module includes a discussion paper. You will also complete an independent study.
POLP optional modules include essays, a timed documentary analysis, projects, an examination, a news story, a document analysis, portfolios, a case study, and an article review.