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Assessment & Contact Hours

Methods of Assessment

Assessed Work (Summative Assessments)

Students will be evaluated as follows:

  • 4500 word essay (50%)
  • 2-hour, two question exam paper (50%)

The exam will take place during summer term on a date that will be scheduled closer to the time

General information about assessed work including deadline dates and submission information can be found on the department Assessment & Submission webpages.

Non-Assessed Work (Formative Assessments)

Students also have the choice of doing 3 of the following

1 Short essay questions

2 A mock exam

3 A 15 minute class presentation on the given reading that week

The three essays are due on Tuesday 4pm Week 8 of Fall Term, Tuesday 4pm of Week 5 of Spring Term and Tuesday 4pm of Week 10 of Spring Term. The mock exam, depending on timing of exams, is due Friday, 4pm of Week 3 of Summer term.

These essays will be marked, given feedback, and returned within 20 working days as long as they are handed in on time.

If students want to do a presentation, they should tell the seminar tutor which week they wish to do by Week 3 of Fall Term.

Regulation on visiting students, extensions, late penalties etc, can be found here

Short Essay Questions

Why did Mexico undergo such rapid growth during the Porfiriato?

What were the changes in land ownership in Mexico, 1870 to 1940?

How did Mexican women's roles change, 1910-1940?

"The region, not the nation, is the best unit of analysis for Mexico's twentieth century". DIscuss.

To what extent did the Porfiriato usher in a “land grab of massive proportions”?

How did different peasant groups negotiate the new land laws of the Porfiriato?

What were the cultural effects of modernity on Mexico?

How did Porfirian state culture envisage subaltern groups?

What were the causes of the Mexican Revolution?

What were the roles of women during the Mexican Revolution?

How popular was the Mexican Revolution?

The Revolution changed from a series of radical agrarian revolts to a project of modern state formation. How fair is this assessment of the Mexican Revolution?

How radical was the Mexican Revolution?

How, if at all, did the Revolution change cultural and social attitudes?

What were the effects of the state's education project?

“More a cultural than a socio-economic project”. Is this a fair assessment of the post-revolutionary state?

How did attitudes towards indigenous groups change after the Revolution? How did this affect the everyday lives of indigenous groups?

How authoritarian was the post-1940 Mexican state?

How did the Mexican state manage to maintain control of popular groups after 1940?

How important were the student protests of 1968?

How socially and economically conservative was the post-1940 Mexican state?

What were the causes of Mexican democratization?

How important was cultural nationalism to the stability of the post-1940 state?

Explain the persistance of caciques after 1940.

What was the significance of Mexico’s guerilla groups?

How did the state control the Mexican media? How effective was this control?

How did the Mexican state survive the 1968 student movement?

What were the causes of Mexico's 1980s crisis?

How did the position of indigenous groups change during last three decades of the twentieth century?

How has violence shaped the modern Mexican state?

Explain the influence of the drugs industry in Mexico.

How have policymakers proposed to end the Mexican drug trade? How viable are these suggestions?

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this second-year option module will be comprised as follows:

Lectures: Twenty one-hour lectures
Seminars: Twenty one-hour seminars
Tutorials: Four hours of feedback and long essay preparation
Total: Forty-four hours