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Special Subjects

All single honours students take a Special Subject in their final-year. These examine a historical topic in detail using primary as well as secondary sources. They are taught in weekly 2-hour seminar classes over two terms. There may be a preliminary meeting during the summer term of the previous academic year and students are often expected to undertake some preparatory reading during the summer vacation.

Special Subjects are assessed by one 3-hour examination and one long essay of 10,000 words. Additional unassessed coursework and/or student presentations may also be required. BA Ancient History & Egyptology students may take the taught element of an ancient history Special Subject for 1 unit (examination only), with the compulsory HIST9902 10,000 word dissertation. Finalists may choose their Special Subject from the menu of ‘Group 3’ modules available from other colleges.

HIST3109/9109: Temple Life in Assyria and Babylonia
HIST3110/9110: Competitive Men: The Politics of Competition in Ancient Greece
HIST3205/9205: Passages to Jerusalem: The Crusades and the Medieval World, 1095-1291
HIST3207/9207: Between Order and Disorder: Cities in the Late Medieval Mediterranean World
HIST3301/9301: Great Britain and the American Colonies, 1760-1776
HIST3322/9322: The American Empire
HIST3421/9421: Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary
HIST3425/9425: American Radicalism, 1945-1989
HIST3426/9426: Race and Resistance in Black Atlantic Thought
HIST3428/9428: We Shall Overcome: The Civil Rights Movement in America
SEHI3009/9009: Monarchs and the Enlightenment
SEHI3012/9012: Life-Writing: Memory and Identity in Twentieth-Century Europe
HIST9901: Free-Standing Dissertation