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Assessment and Contact Hours


The assessment for this second-year module is as follows:

1 x 1,500 word essay (10%) Deadline T 1, week 7

1 x 3,000 word essay 40% Deadline Term 2 Week 7

1x two-hour exam (40%)

Oral Participation and Engagement 10%

1st essay will be analyzing the self-reflection and self presentation of a diarist, autobiographer, the characters in a novel, or an author of a polemical text - how do they represent themselves to themselves – to the reader, anxieties, self-deceptions, how they see others and compare themselves – in what they think their distinctiveness consists, how they treat others and reflect on how they are treated, how they rationalize their actions , their feelings of guilt, shame, triumph, pleasure. Etc.

Guidelines for Assessment 1Link opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window

2nd essay will be open to negotiation – but will look at some aspect of political and social thinking in the period. You can find some possible essay questions hereLink opens in a new window

Guidelines for assignment 2

The power point slides for the session on how to write a brilliant essay are hereLink opens in a new window

The exam will cover a sample of everything

Oral participation – we will want people do short 5-10 minute presentations to their seminar in one week of each term, and to undertake some self-evaluation about their participation in the course of the two terms. The form for reporting on oral presentation and involvement in the seminars is available hereLink opens in a new window.The marking criteria referred to are available hereLink opens in a new window.

There will also be short pieces of formative work in the course of the year.

Deadlines for Visiting Students not here for the whole of the year will be different.

Formative assessment:

In week 4

You are asked to write a short essay: ´Using the lectures and the primary texts you have been reading write no more than 500 words answering ONE of the following thee questions.

´What is right or wrong about punishing people to exact retribution?

´What do the descendants of the dominant class owe to the descendants of those whom their forebears oppressed and exploited?

'How far can we do justice to the experience of the middle passage for the enslaved?'

The aim of the piece is to encourage you to make an argument and to allow me to give you some feedback on its clarity and cogency, thereby contributing to your writing skills. It is formative work - participation in the exercise is part of the participation assessment - but you are not being marked for its quality, but to help you develop your skills. The essay should be submitted to by e-mail to me on Friday of week 4. You may use this work again in assessed work and that will not be regarded as plagiarism.

Contact Hours

Contact hours for this second-year module are as follows:

  • Module duration: Twenty-three weeks
  • Lectures: Twenty one-hour lectures
  • Seminars: Twenty one-hour seminars
  • Revision Session: A two-hour revision session
  • Tutorials: Four hours of essay feedback and long essay preparation
  • Total: Forty-six hours