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Aims, Objectives, and Assessment

Aims and Objectives

  • To gain an understanding of the historical dynamics that connected the three British kingdoms and the emergent empire in America.
  • To explore the relationship between religion, politics and national identity.
  • To examine the ‘British problem’ comparatively, alongside the experience of other European states, empires and kingdoms.
  • To develop enhanced research, writing and communication skills through essays and oral discussion in seminars.
  • To provide a strong foundation for students undertaking special subjects featuring seventeenth and eighteenth-century political and religious themes.

Assessment 15CAT option 2019-2020

For details of examination and assessment, please see Deadlines for visiting students may differ from the general deadlines.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries about these assessment methods.

Marking criteria

For information about the marking conventions used when assessing your work, please see:

Oral participation

You will be assessed on your contribution across the whole module, with one mark assigned at the end of the module. The assessment will involve three components:

  • Brief interim feedback will be provided by your seminar tutors in Week 6 to give an indication of how you are performing and how you can improve.
  • A short informal presentation on a primary source of your choice (intended to assist you with your 1,000 word primary source analysis).
  • At the end of the module, your tutor will award a mark and give feedback based on your seminar contribution and engagement towards the module as a whole.

1,000 word primary source analysis

This assignment requires you to engage with one or more of the primary texts or sources that we have covered. This could be a text from the seminar reading list, one introduced in the lectures, a collection of sources on a database or website, or another source of your choice (discussed in consultation with your seminar tutor). You will be required to write an extended critical reflection on the source(s)/text(s)/database you have selected in response to a particular question or topic.

This is intended as an opportunity for you to engage deeply with a source or group of sources and to get feedback and advice on approaches to incorporate primary material into your analysis. It is intended to develop and assess your ability to relate analysis of original archival sources to a broader historical question and will prove useful for your essay writing and dissertation skills.

The source you discuss CAN be on the same topic as your presentation, but must NOT overlap with any of the material in your long essay.


3,000 word essay

This assignment assesses your ability to engage with an extended historical discussion on a particular topic and question.

Please refer to the essay checklist provided by the module convenor for guidance on presentation, formatting, style and assistance with primary source citation: 

The long essay must NOT overlap with any of the material in your 1,000 word source analysis, but can be on the same topic as your presentation if you haven't used the same topic for your source analysis.

PLEASE NOTE: you should submit an electronic version of all your work via Tabula. A cover sheet is not required, but you should include the title of your essay and your student number. Details on how to submit the essays and deadlines for submission can be found on the Assessment and Submission webpages.

Individual time will be set aside for discussion of the coursework. Students are also welcome to see their tutors during office hours to discuss any issues that might arise along the way.

Visiting Exchange Students

Please refer to the department visiting student webpages for information regarding assessment requirement, submission instructions and deadlines: