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Assessment

4,500 word research project (100%)

This should be an extended essay on a single or small number of directly related primary sources. The source/s should be focused, ie. a single book, painting, collection of letters, museum object, or alike. You should not try and select a broad range of different sources covering some theme.

The focus of the essay should be on situating the source/s in the appropriate historical context, advancing an argument with regards to interpretation, and reflecting on methodological and historiographical problems the source/s pose. You will also need to identify and make use of appropriate secondary literature yourself. The best essays will offer a novel interpretation of how to think about a particular period, place, episode, theme, or genre of source.

You should select your source/s in consultation with your seminar tutor, at the latest by the Friday of Week 5, Term 2.

All students are also required to deliver a short presentation on their research project in the seminars which take place in Weeks 7 to 10, Term 2. No marks are awarded for this, but it is the main opportunity to get feedback on your ideas. The format will be a series of presentations as a workshop, where your tutor and peers will discuss each other's projects.

See the History Department's assessment webpage for deadlines.