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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2052: Environments in Public

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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
‘Key Issues In’ group project – producing an environmental briefing film or podcast, to be played in class5 minutes each1-11; 13Oral/written; plus in-class peer feedback.
Contributions to class discussionThroughout course1-11; 14Oral
Environmental news scrapbook & class discussion Throughout course – assessed via oral contribution Students will be asked to voluntarily submit their scrapbooks as an appendix to summative assessments.1-11; 14Oral/written

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
'Key Issues In’ briefing note, plus reflective account of groupwork 401200 words (briefing notes) 800 words (reflective diary)1-12Written & oral with returned essay
Case study report 602,500 words1-12Written & oral with returned essay


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
‘Key Issues In’ briefing note, plus reflective account of groupwork Briefing notes + diary (1200+800 words)1-12August/September re-assessment period
Case study reportCase study report (2,500 words)1-12August/September re-assessment period