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History Single and Joint Honours students are assessed in three parts:
20% 1000-word oral presentation, which must be completed by Term 1, Week 7
30% 2000-word essay, deadline Term 2, Week 3
50% 3000-word essay, deadline Term 3, Week 3.

Visiting Exchange Students
have different assessment requirements and deadlines:
Those with us for Term 1 only:
25% 1000-word essay plan, deadline Term 1, Week 5
75% 3000-word essay, Term 1, Week 5
Those with us for Term 2 only:
25% 1000-word essay plan, deadline Term 2, Week 5
75% 3000-word essay, Term 2, Week 5
Those with us for both Terms:
17% 1000-word essay plan, deadline Term 1, Week 7
33% 2000-word essay, Term 2, Week 3
50% 2500-word essay, Term 2, Week 10

See the Department Style Guide for advice on how to format your work.

Suggested titles for short essay

Suggested titles (you should also discuss alternate essay titles with your seminar tutor):

1. How did imperialism influence the movement of people around the globe?

2. How did the experience of movement shape people’s identities in the post-colonial world?
3. According to Edward Said, ‘the Orient was almost a European invention’. To what extent do you agree?
4. Why did knowledge matter to imperial projects?
5. How important was language to empire?
6. Was Western medicine a justification for imperial rule?
7. With reference to specific examples, how useful are photographs to understanding imperialism?
8. Were all anti-colonial debates about nationalism?
9. Did imperialism end with decolonisation?
10. What is post-colonialism?

3000-word essay

Suggested titles for the 3000 word essay (you can also discuss alternate essay titles with your seminar tutor):
  1. In the colonial context, why is language the crucial element connecting power and knowledge? Ground your answer in the analysis of a specific historical context.
  2. 'The Indian peasant was both the Indian nationalist movement’s greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness.’ Discuss.
  3. ‘Stick it to the man!’ Discuss in relationship to one historical example from the history of anti-colonial nationalism. [Long essays should address more than, or multiple aspects of, one example]
  4. Why did the ‘woman question’ matter in colonial India?
  5. Medicine was ‘a tool of empire’. Was it?
  6. What do loyalists tell us about the nature of citizenship in the British Empire in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries?
  7. To what extent did the Ottoman Empire resemble other forms of imperialism in the modern world?
  8. How significant was the Sykes-Picot Agreement in shaping the modern Middle East?
  9. '"The New Qing History” transformed the historiography of modern China.' Discuss.
  10. Was violence a necessary part of decolonisation?
  11. To what extent did oil and empire play a role in shaping political possibilities for democracy in post-colonial Iran?
  12. What does it mean to ‘decolonise the mind’?
  13. To what extent was independence possible in the Cold War world?
  14. Should the history of India after 1947 be viewed as a ‘success’ for democracy?
  15. To what extent did imperialism become popular with the British public during the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
  16. How relevant is Empire in contemporary British society?
  17. To what extent were post-colonial migrants to Europe coming home?
  18. What, if anything, distinguishes American from European imperialism?
  19. Should we view post-colonial international development as a success or failure?
  20. What is the relationship between empire and twentieth century humanitarianism?
  21. What has ‘post-colonialism’ as an approach added to our understanding of imperial history?

Submission Information.

You should submit an electronic version of all your work via Tabula, since it will be put through the department's anti-plagiarism software.

Details on how to submit the essays can be found on the department Assessment and Submission webpages.

For information on marking criteria, formatting, referencing, etc., please see the undergraduate student handbook and the undergraduate style guide.

Please remember to check back to this page for further information updates.

Deadlines & Extension requests.

Most questions about assessment, including submission deadlines are answered on the department Assessment and Submission webpages.

Requests for extensions for ALL work must be applied for in advance via Tabula. Please note that extensions can be granted only in special circumstances such as medical illness (if a medical certificate is produced) and other personal reasons. Extensions cannot be granted retrospectively (unless the illness prevented you from submitting the request). Neither your Tutor, nor the module convenors can grant extensions. If your submission is late, penalties will be applied as per the History Department Undergraduate rules.

All pieces of work need to be submitted and in addition should receive an overall average of 40% in order to progress to the second year.

Non Submission.

You are required to submit all pieces of assessed work and should note that a mark of zero will be recorded for any essay which is not submitted. The average for the overall assessment mark will in this case be calculated over the total number of essays required, and will result in a much lower average.

Resit Procedures.

A candidate who fails to submit the required number of pieces of work will normally be required to make up the missing essays over summer. Students who do not submit the required number of essays or fail the exam will normally not be allowed to proceed to year 2.