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Summative Essay Titles



You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.

You will receive guidance and support in the writing of your summative essay in the following ways:

  1. Refresher workshop on essay-writing skills (Weds 18th November, Teaching Grid, 2.45 – 4.15 pm). This is OPTIONAL
  2. One hour in the module programme will be devoted to a discussion / workshop on the assessment for the module.
  3. Students submitting summative work in term 2 will receive feedback on their work in week 7 of term 2, and students submitting summative work in term 3 will receive feedback on it in week 7 of term 3. All marks received at this stage will be provisional. Please note that you are welcome to come and see me in my office hours to discuss your performance once you have received the feedback for your assessed work.




Sample essay titles for those who do not want to devise their own :
  • Marie-Antoinette, scapegoat of the Revolution ?
  • Robespierre’s social vision
  • A comparison of the visual and written representations of the monarchy 1789-93
  • « Le peuple chante encore beaucoup plus qu’il ne lit : je pense que la meilleure manière d’instruire avec fruit est de lui présenter la leçon sous la forme la plus attrayante du plaisir.» [Thomas Rousseau] Discuss the usefulness of this remark with regard to Revolutionary songs.
  • To what extent did Napoleon create ‘a new kind of monarchy’ (Englund) in 1804 ?


Module assessment :

100% exam (3 questions/ 3 hours)

50%/ 50% : 2hr exam + 1 x4000-4500 word essay

100% essay : 2 x 4000-4500 word essays (1 covering material from each term)