Identify and critically reflect on inequalities in political engagement

There are five criteria in which the blogs are marked. Each Criteria has a maximum total of 20 marks. Thus, your score for each blog is scored out of 100.

  1. Identify and critically reflect on inequalities in political engagement /20

16-20 Marks (out of a maximum 20 marks)

You have identified and critically engaged with inequalities in political engagement and

  • you have extensively engaged with the literature
  • you have critically engaged with the current situation in society and reflected on reasons explaining the inequalities you have identified
  • you have considered possible solutions

11-15 Marks

You have to some extent identified inequalities in political engagement but you needed to critically engage more with the current situation in society

  • you have engaged with some of the literature in the field but you needed to do more
  • you needed to critically engage more with the current situation in society and reflected on reasons why
  • you needed to reflect more on possible solutions

0-10 Marks

You have not managed to identify inequalities in political engagement or critically engage with the current situation in society

  • You have not engaged with the relevant literature in the field
  • You have not considered possible solutions
  • Clearly state your argument and defend your position /20.

16-20 Marks

Your argument is eloquently stated at the start and convincingly argued throughout

  • You have successfully drawn on relevant data including using data beyond those given in the class to defend your argument
  • You have successfully drawn on relevant literature including using literature beyond the weekly reading to defend your argument
  • You have drawn on your own experiences or your own examples to defend your argument

11-15 Marks

Your argument is not always clear and needed more relevant evidence to defend it

  • You needed to state your position clearly at the start and then argue this position throughout
  • You needed to draw on more relevant data to defend your argument
  • You needed to draw on more relevant literature to defend your argument
  • You needed to draw on more your own experiences or your own examples to defend your argument

0-10 Marks

Your argument has not been clearly stated and tends to jump from one idea to another and includes statements that are not backed up by evidence. 

  • You have not stated an argument
  • You have not used evidence to back up your ideas
  • Use accurate and relevant quantitative research evidence within your argument /20

16-20 Marks (out of a maximum 20 marks)

You have accurately used relevant and timely quantitative research evidence regarding the inequalities in political engagement

  • You have successfully added relevant and timely graphs and/or tables to the blog and given them a relevant title
  • You have successfully explained the graphs and/or tables and referenced them in the text
  • You have successfully linked the data to your argument in the blog

11-15 Marks

Your use of quantitative data is not always accurate and could be more relevant and/or up to date

  • Graphs/tables are used but not titled
  • You have not accurately explained and/or referenced the graphs/tables in your blog
  • The link between the data and your argument needed to be clearer

0-10 Marks

You have not used quantitative data or the data that you have used is not accurate, relevant or timely

  • You needed to use quantitative data in form of graphs and/or tables
  • You needed to have accurately explained the data
  • You needed to link your argument to quantitative data
  • Accurately used and clearly explain relevant concepts /20

16-20 Marks (out of a maximum 20 marks)

You have accurately used a wide range of concepts used in the module and clearly and accurately defined at least one of them

  • You have successfully used a wide range of concepts from the module
  • You have clearly and accurately defined at least one of them using the literature from the module

11-15 Marks

Your use of concepts is mostly accurate and you provided a definition but it could have been clearer.

  • You have mostly accurately used concepts from the module
  • You have provided a definition but it needed to be clearer and based on literature

0-10 Marks

You have not used concepts from the module or you have used them inaccurately and not provided an accurate definition of any of the concepts

  • You needed to have accurately used concepts from the module
  • You needed to have accurately defined one of these concepts


  • Correct length, style and presentation for a political blog /20

16-20 Marks (out of a maximum 20 marks)

You have successfully written a professional-looking political blog

  • You have successfully written in a journalistic style and used methods to engage the reader (catchy title, use of own experience, asked the reader what they think, related the blog to topical issues)
  • You have added relevant photos and youtube/video clips and spent time to make the blog look attractive
  • The writing is clear and you have kept the blog short 800 words (10% discretion)

11-15 Marks

You have made a reasonable attempt to write a professional-looking political blog

  • You have clearly attempted to write in the style of a blog but sometimes this has been more successful than others.
  • You have used some photos and videos but work could have been done to make the blog more attractive
  • The blog is mostly clearly written but too long

0-10 Marks

The text does not read like a professional blog.  It either reads like an essay or it reads like a personal blog

  • You needed to have attempted to write in the style of a professional political blog
  • You needed to have made the blog look attractive
  • The blog is not clearly written and either too short or too long