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You are required to produce two essays for the course, which will be assessed. Essays will jointly contribute 50% of assessment; the remaining 50% of your work will be assessed by the 2 hour examination in May/June 2011.

Examination (50%)

The student will be required to answer three essay questions in a two-hour examination

Essays (50%)

The assessed essays must be word-processed and propery printed out, have proper bibliographic references, and be clearly and accurately expressed (correct spelling, good grammar, and well-structured sentences). The number of words used, as close as possible to 2,500 words, should be given at the end of each essay.


Submission deadlines must be heeded: the University has regulated that essays will attract a penalty of 5% for each day they are late. If you foresee difficulties in meeting the deadline, it is imperative that you contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The deadlines for essay submission for this course are as follows:

Essay 1: 12 noon, Monday 3 December 2018
Essay 2: 12 noon, Thursday 7 March 2019

Please refer to the departmental handbook and the document ‘Advice on writing essays’ for further information about assessment criteria and marking. This is available online.

A good guide on how to write essays is R. M. Turley's Writing Essays. A Guide for Students in English and the Humanities.

Extensions to Essay Deadlines

Applications for an extension of the essay-deadline are only allowed in exceptional circumstances, such well-documented medical reasons. Any such application should be made to the Director of Undergraduate Studies well before the deadline. Problems with e.g. printers, getting hold of books, bunching-up of essay-deadlines etc. are rarely considered acceptable excuses. When an extension is granted, students must ensure that the module tutor is informed and that the extension (with date limit) is recorded by the secretaries in the ledger in the Office. Only in exceptional circumstances will an extension be allowed beyond two weeks.


Plagiarism, defined as ‘the attempt to pass off someone else’s work as one’s own’ is a variety of cheating or fraud. It is taken very seriously by the University and students who are caught can suffer penalties which are extremely detrimental to their career.

Fortunately plagiarism has not been a problem in our Department and we fully anticipate that this situation will continue.

To avoid any confusion however you should take special care with two things:

  1. Cite the sources you are using
  2. Use quotation marks for the quotes you are quoting.

If any of the above is unclear, contact the Module tutor. Also consult the Departmental Handbook.