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Assessment & Contact Hours

Methods of Assessment

During the academic year, students will complete two non-assessed short essays and deliver one seminar presentation. Formal assessment will consist of a two-hour exam (50%) and a 4500-word essay (50%).

Ask your seminar tutor about deadlines for both non-assessed essays, and dates for the presentation.

The first non-assessed essay will consist of an analysis of a primary source of your choice. You can choose any primary source relevant to this module, with the exception of those that are assigned for the weekly seminars. There is a preliminary list of published primary sources in English in the bibliography on this website. The guides to further reading in the Imber and Quataert textbooks contain further suggestions. Please also feel free to search for primary sources in the library catalog or online. IMPORTANT: inform your seminar tutor of your chosen primary source so that we can approve it BEFORE you start work on the essay. This is particularly important if you're thinking of doing something that is not on this website's bibliography. If you need any help choosing, contact your seminar tutor.

The second non-assessed essay will be a traditional answer-a-question essay. You can devise your own question, or you can choose or adapt one of the questions listed on the weekly seminar pages. It would be advisable to write your two essays on topics that are quite different in theme and period, as this will be better preparation for the long essay and exam.

Please refer to the student handbook on the department intranet for the due date and submission procedures for the 4500-word summative essay.

The exam will take place during summer term on a date that will be scheduled closer to the time. You will have two hours to answer two questions from a list of ten.

For more information regarding examinations, assessment & submission please see the Department website.

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this second-year option module will be comprised as follows:

Lectures: Twenty one-hour lectures
Seminars: Twenty one-hour seminars
Tutorials: Four hours of feedback and long essay preparation
Total: Forty-four hours