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Assessment, Principal Learning Outcomes, and Contact Hours


The assessment for this 30 CATS undergraduate final-year Special Subject module is determined by whether or not the student will be basing a Dissertation on the module:

  • For students who are not basing a Dissertation on this module: a two-hour exam (50%) and a 4,500 word essay (50%)
  • For students who are basing a Dissertation on this module (dissertation module code HI3F8): a three-hour exam (100%)

For details of examination and assessment, please see

Principal Learning Outcomes

  • To evaluate and critique pre-existing paradigms of conquest, empire, and interfaith relations.
  • To question their perception of the boundaries of Europe, the discreteness of different religions, and the chronologies of colonialism and global empire.
  • To analyse and compare different types of sources, and enhance their ability to develop a historical argument.
  • To engage with historiographical debates and think about the history and legacy of different historical concepts.
  • To understand how cultural and intellectual history can be accessed through a diverse range of literary, visual, and material sources.
  • To encourage independent research, historiographical engagement, and the development of critical analysis.

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this 30 CATS undergraduate final-year Special Subject module are comprised as follows:

Lectures: None
Seminars: Eighteen two-hour seminars (thirty-six hours total)
Tutorials: Four hours of feedback and long essay preparation
Revision: Two two-hour revision seminars (four hours total)
Total: Forty-four hours