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Course outline Teaching is provided through Faculty lectures and classes to cover course content, and College supervisions. On average, you attend eight to 10 lectures each week. Your weekly supervisions, for which you typically write an essay, give you the opportunity to debate and develop your ideas with a senior historian and expert supervisor.

Year 3 (Part II) Depth You take five papers, three of which are compulsory: • Historical Argument and Practice – a general philosophical paper that reflects on the broad issues of historical argument and practice arising out of work throughout the degree course (themes range from empire to gender, and from revolutions to race) • a Special Subject – consisting of two papers (assessed by a long essay and a written examination) and giving the opportunity for advanced in-depth study of an important historical process or problem (eg Indian democracy, the black death, the history of Ireland) through detailed examination of primary sources For your remaining papers, you can choose two Specified Subjects from a selection of topics or comparable themes in history. These papers often arise from cutting-edge research being undertaken in the Faculty. If you wish, you can substitute one of the Specified Subject papers with a dissertation of 10,000-15,000 words.

Years 1 and 2 (Part I) Breadth Part I lasts two years (six terms) and comprises six papers, the first five of which are chosen from 23 papers on offer. You study one each term for the first five terms and sit a written examination in each at the end of Year 2. • You take at least one paper on a period of British political history and at least one paper on a period of British economic and social history. • For the other three papers it’s possible to study any period of European history from the Greeks to the present, periods of world history, the history of the USA, and/or the history of political thought. If you wish, you can specialise, for example in ancient and medieval papers, or almost entirely in the twentieth century.

History at Cambridge is unique and challenging. You cover such a wide geographical and historical scope and receive the very best teaching from experts in their field. Andrew

For the compulsory sixth paper – Themes and Sources, an introduction to the handling of primary sources – you submit a 3,000-5,000 word essay. There’s a wide choice of topics, typically investigating a major comparative theme in history (such as the environment, money and society or film). The essay is written over a period of some months and involves individual research and discussion classes.

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Open days 2015 College open days (arts) Cambridge Open Days – 2 July, 3 July (see p147)



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