BA Modern History and Politics options
Final Year, Component 01
Essex Challenge Project
Essex Challenge Project provides you with the opportunity to work with staff at Essex County Council (ECC) on one or more research projects of interest and use to the council. Some of these research projects might involve social science analysis of health-outcomes or transportation needs, for example. The precise nature and range of research projects that you may work on vary year on year. You will receive support from staff in the Department of Government in producing these reports, some of which may involve group work.
You’ve spent years studying History – now is the opportunity to off your skills as a historian. The History Research Project is the culmination of the degree scheme. Building on and extending the skills developed in the earlier parts of the degree, you will contribute to historical knowledge and understanding through conducting independent research on a topic of your choice.
You also have the opportunity to choose how you want to present your research. You can choose to submit an 8,000-word dissertation or a 5,000-word research report plus a public history output such as a podcast, web resources, or film script that showcases historical research for a non-academic audience. Whichever route you choose, you will be supported by the expert guidance of an academic supervisor who will help you to identify and analyse primary sources, place these in the context of secondary sources, and understand your topic in relation to wider themes and debates.
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