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The assessment for second-year 30 CATS modern option modules is as follows:

Second Year Modern options

  • 1 x 1500 word Essay (10%)
  • 1 x 3000 word Essay (40%)
  • 1 x Timed Take-home Assessment (40%)
  • Oral Participation/engagement (10%)

All deadlines are available on Tabula.

For full details of examination and assessment, please see: opens in a new window.



For the 1500 word essay, please select an essay title from the various seminar questions. These are all available on the module Moodle page and Talis Reading List, and you may choose any question from any seminar throughout the module. A good place to start would be to think about which topic you want to write/present about, and then look at the related seminar questions to choose from. You are welcome to formulate your own question, but you MUST approve the title with me first if doing this.

For the 3000 word essay, you are encouraged to design your own title/question. You MUST discuss your proposed essay title/question with me before starting to research/write it.

All essay word limits are absolute (i.e., they are word limits - there is NO 10% extra allowance!), and they do NOT include footnotes or the bibliography. Essays that exceed the word limit will be penalisedLink opens in a new window.

See the History department's pages on Academic Referencing and Style GuideLink opens in a new window, and the MHRA Style GuideLink opens in a new window for how to format your work. You should also take a look at the History department's advice pages on marking assessment criteriaLink opens in a new window, advice for essay writingLink opens in a new window and how to avoid plagiarismLink opens in a new window.