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HIST2900 International History and Politics Long Essay

20 creditsClass Size: 86

Module manager: Dr Rachel Utley

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to devise and carry out a research project using secondary sources, compile a suitable bibliography, locate and use relevant sources and construct an extended piece of historical writing.

Skills outcomes
Helps develop the following skills to advanced levels:

- defining and researching a complex problem
- locating and handling relevant material, whether secondary or primary sources
- self-discipline to work independently on a major self-directed project
- presenting findings in an extended written report conforming to academic norms.


Students will write a long essay of 6,000 words during the second semester. Students may select their own topic provided that a member of staff, normally from the School of History, is available to provide appropriate supervision.

The long essay will be derived from secondary sources. Primary sources may be used if available and appropriate, but they are not an essential requirement of the task.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours196.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Bibliographic research; reading and research in secondary sources; reading and research in primary sources if used; preparation and writing up of findings

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Individual supervision, discussion of plan, comments on draft material.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 6,000-word long essay to be submitted by 12.00pm on Tuesday of teaching week 11100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/10/2023


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