SOAS University of London

Department of History

H200 Group Study Project in History

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
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Taught in:
Full Year

Like the ISP, its aim is to allow students to work independently, to formulate a specific research agenda, and to conduct in-depth analysis of a particular historical theme or issue. Also like the ISP, it is not formally linked to a taught course, but may well arise from a topic that has been encountered in an introductory course taken during the first year.

The main difference is that the Group Study Project is undertaken by groups of two, three or four students working together. Its focus is therefore on collaboration and intellectual interaction; on the sharing out of research tasks and on the discussion and synthesis of findings. It may, but does not necessarily, involve the use of primary sources; rather, its focus should be on a particular issue, problem or argument in the historical literature, that is, on a so-called ‘historiographical debate’. It is assessed by three pieces of written work, the first two produced by each member of the group individually and the third produced collectively by the group: (a) a preliminary annotated bibliography relating to a particular aspect of the research topic; (b) an essay on that aspect; (c) a final, jointly-authored essay.

In common with the ISP, students wishing to do a Group Study Project need to have formed their group, to have figured out what topic they wish to investigate and to have secured the agreement of a lecturer to supervise the project by the end of enrolment week. The supervisor will hold a preliminary meeting to explain submission dates, the keeping of minutes of subsequent meetings and other details early in Term One.

Group Study Projects can be particularly stimulating and fulfilling. If you think you might like to do one in your second year, then keep an eye out for potential topics and discuss them with fellow students during your first-year introductory courses.


Entry to this course is at the discretion of individual teachers and is not available to first-year students.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This course is intended to:

  •  deepen historical understanding of aspects of Intermediate-level courses, 
  • develop bibliographic and historiographical skills, 
  • promote team working, 
  • refine individual analytical techniques and presentation.

Method of assessment

The examination will be in three parts: a preliminary individual report (2,000 words, 20%), a final individual report (4,000 words, 40%), and a final group report (5,000 words, 40%)


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