Population and Social Change (SO326) 2014-15
Class essay titles (non-assessed, formative essays)
FORMS OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment: This can take three alternative forms:
(a) a three-hour examination, in which students answer three essay questions.
(b) a two-hour examination, in which students answer two essay questions, plus one 3,000 word assessed essay, to be submitted by Tuesday 28th April.
(c) two 3,000 word assessed essays, the first to be submitted by Tuesday 17th March and the second by Tuesday 28th April.
(For a description of the consequences of exceeding the maximum word length of 3,000 words + 10% = 3,300 words, see the Department’s Undergraduate Student Handbook.)
Assessment information relating to visiting students is available here.
SUBMISSION OF ASSESSED ESSAYS
Assessed essays should be submitted electronically, by 2pm on the specified date. Late submission where no formal extension has been granted (via the relevant form located within the Undergraduate Study section of the Department’s web pages) will incur a penalty of 5 marks per day deduction from the mark awarded.
PAST EXAMINATION PAPERS
Note that any of the questions from a paper for Finalists might have appeared on a paper for Non-finalists, and vice versa, i.e. no distinction has been made between years of study in the questions set (beyond them not being the same questions!)
Up until (and inclusive of) the September 1999 paper there were two separate questions corresponding to mortality and fertility in less-developed countries; in subsequent years/papers there has been only one, as will be the case in the examination(s) later this academic year (reflecting the single week and single class essay devoted to this topic/pair of topics since the introduction of a ‘compulsory’ Departmental Reading Week in Term 2). Note also that the 2005 examination papers do not contain a question relating to the historical marriage (nuptiality) topic, since this was omitted from the syllabus in 2004/5 (as a consequence of Term 2 in that year having started on a Wednesday rather than a Monday).
The questions from all the papers listed below are a good indication (as are the class essay titles) of the types of examination question that will be set. Clearly, however, this year’s examination questions are unlikely to be identical to either the class essay titles or the corresponding examination questions from earlier papers.
1994 Summer examination paper
1995 Summer examination paper
1996 Summer examination paper (Non-finalists)
1996 Summer examination paper (Finalists)
1998 Summer examination paper (Non-finalists)
1998 Summer examination paper (Finalists)
1998 September examination paper (Non-finalists)
1999 Summer examination paper
1999 September examination paper
2001 Summer examination paper
2003 Summer examination paper (Non-finalists)
2003 Summer examination paper (Finalists)
2004 Summer examination paper (Non-finalists)
2004 Summer examination paper (Finalists)
Exam papers 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2012/13