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We are concerned with the local and the global, and teach and write about
everything from households and communities in Essex to witchcraft in Germany,
from the history of disease to the culture of death, from shopping to sex, from
the censorship of theatres to state surveillance, from slaves in the Americas to
aristocrats in France, from atrocities in Ireland to martial arts in Brazil,
from oil to food, from revolutions in England, China and Russia to the struggle
for racial equality in South Africa and the United States.
In addition to our BA in History, we offer a range ofundergraduate degrees
that reflect our strengths in modern and early modern
history; Britain and Europe; the US and Latin America; social and cultural
history; and film history. Our postgraduate degrees
include MAs and Diplomas in social and cultural
history; local and regional history; gender, class and race; and war, experience
and memory. Our PhD students are undertaking research on topics ranging from
gender in early modern England, to nineteenth-century household accidents, to
the representation of superheroes in twentieth-century America. The Department
also offers a variety of Local History courses.
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results 2008: The Department of History is
placed second in the UK, behind only Imperial College London in the national
RAE. This is an accolade for the ground-breaking research that is done in the
Department. 35 per cent of our research was ranked as ‘world-leading’ and a
further 35 per cent as ‘internationally excellent’.
Consistently high student satisfaction ratings: Recent National Student
Surveys found that History students at Essex were overall satisfied with the
quality of their course (95% in 2010; 94% in 2011, 97% in 2012) and teaching (97% in 2011) : well above the
national average – see Unistats).
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