|Type of Collaboration:||Individual|
|Due:||The Major Essay is in two parts: an optional essay plan or draft, due at 11 am on Wednesday, 12 September, and the final essay, due at 11 am on Wednesday, 3 October. Please note that submission deadline is MORNING, not evening!|
|Submission:||Submission for both plan and essay is via the Turnitin links in the Assessments folder on the vUWS site.|
To apply skills in argument, research and analysis within the format of a long piece of argumentative writing.
Choose one of the essay questions from the essay questions below. Be sure to select a different topic to the one on which you are doing your Presentation (it is okay to double up on your Discussion topic). If you have any doubt about as to whether your Essay question is too similar to your Presentation topic, please do check before getting too far into your topic.
The most important aspect on which you will be assessed is the extent to which you have answered your chosen essay question, and you are advised to make full use of the plan or draft to help you with this.
As a general rule, it is recommended that you use a minimum of approximately eight (8) scholarly sources. These can include sources in the Unit Reader, or resources provided elsewhere in the unit. It is important to bear in mind that you will also be assessed on the quality of your use of sources in the essay, not just the number of references listed. You will not be penalised if you use fewer than eight sources.
Whatever the form, it should ideally include a bibliography of works you are reading, or plan to read, for the essay in order to make full use of the opportunity for feedback.
Your final essay should be referenced in the Chicago style of footnotes with a bibliography at the end. Marks will be deducted if you do not. If you have not used this style before or wish to refresh your memory of it, the Chicago Style Guide is digitally available on the vUWS site, or on the Library website. If in doubt about how to cite a source, please check the Style Guide or ask.
How have historians theorised about history? From the list below, choose at least one example of schools of thought and/or individual historians and discuss their historical method. Your essay should also include examples of historical writing to illustrate your points.
This question asks you to demonstrate an understanding of historical method as applied or theorised by some key thinkers. You are free to add any additional examples, as long as you include at least one from the list below.
– Leopold von Ranke
– The Annales School
– History from below
– Michel Foucault
– Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, the linguistic turn (any or all of these) – Women’s and/or feminist history
– Foucault, Michel, Madness and Civilisation: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. Trans. Richard Howard; introduction David Cooper. London: Routledge Classics, 2001, c1967. (on Reserve) See especially chapters 1 and 2.