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Special Subjects (Part II Papers 2 & 3)

Special Subjects are taught to Part II students by Faculty classes. These involve a different style of study from the weekly essay. Undergraduates select a Special Subject from a list of options. This gives the opportunity for advanced study in depth of an important historical process or problem. Teaching is by Faculty lectures and/or classes, spread across the third year. Undergraduates are expected to do the reading in their own time. The reading concentrates on primary sources, again of a variety of types.

The Special Subject constitutes two of the five papers (Papers 2 and 3) on a one-year Part II course - 40% of the total. Work for your Special Subject is examined by means of a Long Essay (Paper 2) submitted during the Easter Term and a three-hour exam on 'gobbets' taken from the set sources (Paper 3) in late May/early June.

The list of Special Subjects available for any particular year are listed under the Part II papers.


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