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Assessment for the module for all students is 50% for work submitted during the module and 50% for a 2-hour exam in the May/June session of examinations. Overlap should be avoided between pre-submitted essays and the questions answered in the exam. Lack of breadth may be penalised.
Students are required to pass both parts of the module, achieving a minimum of 40% on both the assessed work during the module and on the exam.
• The exam will be divided into two parts: students will be required
• to identify and comment on two pieces of primary evidence which you will have met during the course of the module (out of a choice of six, may include texts, plans or photographs). You must answer one text and one picture gobbit.
• to write two essays (from a choice of at least six titles).
• Students are required to produce TWO essays during the module (length 2,500 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography). The normal expected length for assessed essays is ‘c. 2,500 words’, which in practice means 2250-3000 words (including footnotes not including bibliography). Students are required to declare a word count on the cover sheet. Essays will be penalized for being too short and those who have written too much risk the end of the essay – e.g. your clever and sophisticated final paragraph - not being read at all.
Essays must include footnotes where appropriate, and a bibliography of works cited. They should be word-processed. Due attention should be given to literacy (both spelling and grammar). Titles and submission dates follow below. 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:

Assessed essay titles 2017-18


On submission of all assessed work, students are required to sign a statement to the effect that the submission represents their own work, with no unacknowledged or disguised quotations, passages, or opinions taken from secondary sources. This represents a promise that thje essay does not contain plagiarism, which is a serious offence that will be heavily penalised, usually by a mark of zero. As a result, a student penalised for plagiarism will find it difficult to achieve more than a third-class mark for the module as a whole. For a fuller definition, see the Departmental regulations concerning the presentation of assessed work; if in any doubt, seek advice from Personal Tutors or the module co-ordinator. Note, however, that plagiarism can refer to both text and web resources and you should make sure to footnote any information which you have gained from either resource, whether or not you quote it directly.