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Assessment and Contact Hours

Summative assessment

The assessment for this second-year, 15 CATS option module is:

  • 1,500 word essay (40%)
  • 3,000 word essay (50%)
  • seminar contribution (10%)

Deadlines for visiting students vary depending on the duration of the students' stay at Warwick. These deadlines will be made available on Tabula and on the assessment page in the department handbook.

The first essay is a specific answer to the question: Where did science come from? That is, you should answer this question with respect to one domain of natural knowledge. This may be one of the domains covered in the lectures (natural philosophy, astronomy, etc), or another domain of your choosing (such as cartography, earth science, ethnography, etc). If you choose your own domain, please run this by me before starting.

The second essay is an answer to the question: Where did modern science come from? Students are encouraged to draw on relevant material from across all weeks of the module to answer this question.

Seminar contribution will be based on students' contributions to seminars over the whole year. There is no class presentation - the assignment is simply to do the seminar reading, turn up to seminars, and contribute to the discussion in class.


The History department's policy regarding duplication is that there must be no substantial overlap between two pieces of assessed work submitted by the same student. This means that your second essay should be on a different topic to your first essay, and that your answers on the exam should be on different topics to your two essays. If you are unsure what counts as 'overlap', visit your tutor in their office hour.

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this second-year 15 CATS option module are as follows:

  • Module duration: Ten weeks
  • Lectures: Nine one-hour lectures
  • Seminars: Nine one-hour seminars
  • Tutorials: One hour of feedback and essay preparation
  • Total: Nineteen hours