Honour School of History and Politics

[For students starting before MT 2018: .

A

  • 1. The examination in the Honour School of History and Politics shall consist of such subjects in History and Politics as the Board of the Faculty of History and the Social Sciences Board shall from time to time in consultation prescribe by regulation.

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this School unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 3. The examination in the Honour School shall be under the joint supervision of the Board of the Faculty of History and the Social Sciences Board, which shall appoint a standing joint committee to make proposals for regulations concerning the examination. Such proposals shall be submitted to the boards which shall make regulations concerning the examination and which, in the case of difference of opinion, shall hold a joint meeting at which the matter in dispute shall be resolved by the vote of the majority.

  • 4. The Chairs of Examiners for the Honour School of History and for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for the Honour School of History and Politics, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete.

B

  • 1. Except where indicated a paper cannot be substituted. Candidates shall offer seven papers from the following options, which must include the compulsory substitute thesis based on original research, as specified under Regulation 6 below.

    Candidates shall offer either one British History paper and one General History paper as specified under sections 2 and 3, or two British History papers or two General History papers.

  • 2. Paper 1. Each candidate may offer one or two papers in a period of the History of the British Isles, as specified for the Honour School of History, provided that:

    • (a) one paper may be replaced by a compulsory thesis in History;

    • (b) no candidate may offer a period of British History already offered in the First Public Examination;

    • (c) candidates who have not offered a period of British or General History before the nineteenth century in the First Public Examination are required to choose at least one such period in the Honour School of History and Politics. The list of papers satisfying this provision is given in the Handbook for History and Politics;

    • (d) candidates who have taken or are taking British History VII (since 1900) cannot also take Politics paper 202 (British Politics and Government since 1900); and candidates taking British History VI (1815–1924) in the Honour School of History and Politics and who are also taking Politics Paper 202 must not substantially duplicate material in the two papers.

  • 3. Paper 2. Each candidate may offer one or two papers in a period of General History, as specified for the Honour School of History, provided that:

    • (a) one paper may be replaced by a compulsory thesis in History;

    • (b) candidates who have not offered a period of British or General History before the nineteenth century in the First Public Examination are required to choose at least one such period in the Honour School of History and Politics. The list of papers satisfying this provision is given in the Handbook for History and Politics;

    • (c) candidates taking Politics Paper 212 (International Relations in the era of the Two World Wars) cannot also take General History XIII (1914–45); candidates taking Politics Paper 213 (International Relations in the era of the Cold War) cannot also take General History XIV (1945–73).

  • 4. Papers 3 and 4. Each candidate shall offer any two of the five ‘core subjects’ in Politics, as specified for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (i.e. 201, 202, 203, 214, and 220). A thesis as specified in Regulation 6 below may not be substituted for a Politics core subject.

  • 5. Papers 5, 6, and 7. Each candidate shall offer one of the following combinations:

    • (i) one Special Subject in History (examined in two papers) and one of subjects 201–229 in Politics which is not offered under Regulation 4 above;

    • (ii) one Further Subject in History and two of subjects 201–229 in Politics which are not offered under Regulation 4 above;

    • (iii) one Further Subject in History, one of subjects 201–229 in Politics which are not offered under Regulation 4 above, and one Special Subject in Politics.

    • Provided that:

      • (a) one of the optional papers in Politics in any of these combinations may be substituted by a compulsory thesis from the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics;

      • (b) Candidates who choose Politics Further Subject 215 (Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau) cannot also take History Further Subjects Scholasticism and Humanism and The Science of Society. Candidates who choose Politics Further Subject 216 (Political Thought: Bentham to Weber) cannot also take History Further Subject Political Theory and Social Science. Candidates who choose the Politics Further Subject 221 (British Society in the Twentieth Century) cannot also take the History Further Subject British Society in the 20th Century.

  • 6. Paper 8. Each candidate must offer a thesis, which must be offered in place of either a period of the History of the British Isles, as specified under Regulation 2 above, or a period of General History, as specified under Regulation 3 above, or a Politics option in any of the combinations as specified under Regulation 5 above. A thesis offered in place of a Politics optional paper shall be either a substitute thesis or a supervised dissertation submitted in accordance with the regulations prescribed for Politics in the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

    • (a) A thesis in History submitted in accordance with the Regulation VI, A thesis based on original research, for the Final Honour School of History may be offered in place of a paper in the History of the British Isles or General History and the candidate (unless he or she is a Senior Student, as defined by decree of Council, or has passed the First Public Examination in a course other than History and Politics, History, or any other joint school with History) must also offer a paper satisfying those requirements specified in Regulations 1(c) above which have not been satisfied in the First Public Examination.

    • (b) A thesis or supervised dissertation in Politics submitted in accordance with the regulations prescribed for Politics in the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics may be offered in place of any one of subjects 201–229 in Politics (as specified for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) which is not offered under Regulation 4 above.

  • 7. All candidates must offer a substitute thesis or supervised dissertation, but may not offer more than one substitute thesis or supervised dissertation in place of a paper.

  • 8. In every case where, under the regulations for this honour school, candidates have any choice between one or more papers or subjects, every candidate shall give notice to the Registrar not later than Friday in the fourth week of Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination of all the papers and subjects being offered.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: .

  • 1. The examination in the Honour School of History and Politics shall consist of such subjects in History and Politics as the Board of the Faculty of History and the Social Sciences Board shall from time to time in consultation prescribe by regulation. 

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this School unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination. 

  • 3. The examination in the Honour School shall be under the joint supervision of the Board of the Faculty of History and the Social Sciences Board, which shall appoint a standing joint committee to make proposals for regulations concerning the examination. Such proposals shall be submitted to the boards which shall make regulations concerning the examination and which, in the case of difference of opinion, shall hold a joint meeting at which the matter in dispute shall be resolved by the vote of the majority. 

  • 4. The Chairs of Examiners for the Honour School of History and for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics shall consult together and designate such of their number as may be required for the examination for the Honour School of History and Politics, whereupon the number of examiners shall be deemed to be complete. 

  • 5. The lists of specific papers available in this School from the Honour School of History and in Politics from the Honour School of Politics, Philosophy and Economics will be published by the relevant Boards at the dates defined in the regulations for those schools. 

  • 6. Except where indicated a paper cannot be substituted. Candidates shall offer seven papers from the following options, which must include the compulsory substitute thesis based on original research, as specified under Regulation B8 below. Certain combinations of papers in History and in Politics will be illegal, or subject to advice about duplication of material; these will be specified in the Handbook for this School. 

  • B1., B2. Each candidate may offer: 

  • either one paper in the History of the British Isles, and one paper in European & World History, 
    or two papers in European & World History, 

  • as specified for the Honour School of History, provided that: 

    • (a) one paper may be replaced by a compulsory thesis in History; 

    • (b) no candidate may offer a paper in the History of the British Isles or European & World History similar to one already offered in the Preliminary Examination; illegal combinations will be specified by the History Board. 

    • (c) candidates who have not offered a paper in the History of the British Isles or European & World History before the nineteenth century in the First Public Examination are required to choose at least one such period in the Honour School of History and Politics. The list of papers satisfying this provision is given in the Handbook for History and Politics. 

  • B3., B4. Each candidate shall offer any two of the five ‘core subjects’ in Politics, as specified for the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics (i.e. 201, 202, 203, 214, and 220). A thesis as specified in Regulation B8 below may not be substituted for a Politics core subject. 

  • B5., B6., B7. Each candidate shall offer one of the following combinations: 

    • (i) one Special Subject in History (examined in two papers) and one of subjects 201– 229 in Politics which is not offered under Regulation B3 above; 

    • (ii) one Further Subject in History and two of subjects 201–229 in Politics which are not offered under Regulation B3 above; 

    • (iii) one Further Subject in History, one of subjects 201–229 in Politics which are not offered under Regulation B3 above, and one Special Subject in Politics. 

  • Provided that one of the optional papers in Politics in any of these combinations may be substituted by a compulsory thesis from the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. 

  • B8. Each candidate must offer a thesis in place of either a Politics option in any of the combinations as specified under Regulation B5-6-7 above or a paper in the History of the British Isles or European & World History, as specified under Regulation B1-2 above. 

    • (a) A thesis offered in place of a Politics optional paper shall be either a substitute thesis or a supervised dissertation submitted in accordance with the regulations prescribed for Politics in the Honour School of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. 

    • (b) A thesis in History in place of a paper in the History of the British Isles or European & World History shall be submitted in accordance with Regulation B6, A Thesis based on Original Research, for the Final Honour School of History. In this case, a candidate must also offer a paper satisfying the requirements specified in Regulation B1-2(c) above which has not been satisfied in the First Public Examination, unless he or she is a Senior Student, as defined by the Regulations for Senior Student Status, or has passed the First Public Examination in a course other than History and Politics, History, or any other joint school with History. 

  • B9. All candidates must offer a substitute thesis or supervised dissertation, but may not offer more than one substitute thesis or supervised dissertation in place of a paper.]