Historical concepts, methods and controversies

(Class leaders: David Hopkin and Hugo Service)

On their return from research work on their dissertation, in the Hilary Term of their second year, students for the Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History take their second core research methodology paper, in which they work with the class leader to consider wide-ranging methodological and conceptual issues, as well as the intellectual problems and controversies thrown up by their research interests. Students will be helped to choose a topic, which should come from an area relevant to their dissertation subject, but which may not substantially replicate any material included in the dissertation or submitted for examination in any other part of the degree. This course will be taught in eight classes. Candidates are expected to offer at least one oral class presentation and will submit a conceptual and methodological essay about a field of research for formal examination (see pages 8-10 of the Instructions to Candidates).

Class structure

Session plan (to follow)