Go to the ORB (Online Resources Bank) for module information, including reading lists, module outlines,
and other course materials.
First-year modules are taught by teams of specialists in history whose
research interests focus on specific themes and geographic areas.
Lecturers and seminar teachers for these modules are listed above. Details
of their room numbers, internal phone numbers and e-mail addresses can be found
from on the staff pages of this
All teachers hold weekly office hours during term-time when students can consult
them about any aspects of the module. Details of the times of office hours will
be posted on the History Department noticeboard and by individual teachers on
their office doors. You may also contact any of them by e-mail if you prefer.
Click below to see how the assessment sheets identify the criteria on which
your assignments will be marked, along with information on the marking scales,
and the Assessment Checklist which must be completed and attached to all
All essays must be submitted through the
FASer online coursework submission
system on or before the deadline date, with a paper copy to the History
Office (room 5NW.7.18) within 24 hours of the deadline. It is recommended that
you familiarise yourself with the online submission process in advance of your
first essay deadline. The FASer website contains a practice submission for you to
try which may identify any software compatibility or other problems.
Please note that the History Office closes at 4.45pm (Monday–Thursday) and
4.30pm (Friday). Vacation closing times may vary.
If there are exceptional circumstances where you cannot submit your essay
on-line and the essay has to be submitted by post it MUST be
sent to the History Office by *** RECORDED DELIVERY***. This is
the only way in which you will have proof of posting in case your essay gets
lost in the post. You must then check with the History Office to confirm
Coursework Deadline Policy
There is a single policy at the University of Essex for the late submission
of coursework in Undergraduate courses: All coursework submitted after the
deadline will receive a mark of zero. No extensions will be granted.
A student submitting coursework late will have the University’s and department’s
arrangements for late submission drawn to their attention.
The policy states that the mark of zero shall stand unless you submit
satisfactory evidence of extenuating circumstances that indicate that you were
unable to submit the work by the deadline. More information about extenuating
circumstances relating to late submission of coursework is available via the
Registry webpages at
In order to make sure that you submit an essay by the deadline you must be
organised and start the work for your essay well in advance of the essay
deadline. You must allow yourself time to find and read the necessary books and
articles, to think about and plan your essay, to read and think some more, and
then to write up your essay.
Essay deadline dates will be announced at the start of the academic year by
module teachers and published on the History website
Writing essays to specified deadlines throughout the academic year is an
important aspect of the educational experience of doing your degree. It develops
your ability to plan and organise your own work and time efficiently, and
enables you to apply lessons learnt in the writing of essays earlier in the year
to essays written later in the year. The reasons for having a strict system of
essay deadlines (see paragraph above on the coursework deadline policy) are:
i) to reinforce the importance of meeting deadlines;
ii) to ensure that no students have an unfair advantage in taking longer to do
their essays than others;
iii) and to ensure that staff members are able to use their time for marking
essays as efficiently as possible and in a way which is most beneficial to all