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REGULATIONS FOR EXAMINATIONS: NOTICE BY THE GENERAL BOARD

The General Board give notice that, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board or other authority concerned, the regulations for certain University examinations have been amended as follows:

Historical Tripos

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 310)

With effect from 1 October 2004

Part I

Regulation 13.

By inserting a new Section H and by amending the final two sentences of the regulation so as to read:

Section H

Languages and Methods

Paper 25. Languages and methods.

Each paper shall be of three hours' duration, except Papers 1 and 25. The examination for Paper 1 shall consist of the submission of an essay, on a topic chosen from a list of topics announced by the Faculty Board; the length of the essay and the arrangements for its submission shall be prescribed by the Faculty Board from time to time. The examination for Paper 25 shall consist of an essay of between 4,000 and 6,000 words; the Faculty Board shall prescribe a list of titles or subjects for the essay not later than 31 January.

Regulation 14.

By amending provisos (i) and (iii) so as to read:

(i) every candidate shall offer at least one paper from Section B, at least one paper from Section C, and at least one paper from Sections D-H, except that candidates who choose Paper 25 from Section H shall be exempt from such elements of this requirement as may be specified by the Faculty Board from time to time. Candidates who choose Paper 25 may not offer more than one paper from Section B, or from Section C, or from Section D;
(iii) the Faculty Board may specify from among Papers 2-25 a paper or papers which an Affiliated Student who is a candidate under this regulation shall or shall not offer.

SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 315)

With effect from the same date

Part I

By amending the detail of Papers 1 and 25 so as to read:

Paper 1. Themes and sources

The purpose of this paper is to give candidates experience of problems in the interpretation of historical sources within a thematic framework. Each candidate will be required to select an option from a list of options announced by the Faculty Board, and each option will include a number of essay topics. An essay on a topic chosen from a list announced by the Faculty Board will be submitted. Some of the topics may involve the use of sources in a foreign language.

Paper 25. Languages and methods

The purpose of this paper is to give candidates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of foreign languages or of other skills and techniques ancillary to historical study, such as quantitative methods. Each candidate will be required to select an option from a list of options announced by the Faculty Board, and each option will include a number of essay topics. An essay of between 4,000 and 6,000 words on a topic chosen from a list announced by the Faculty Board will be submitted. Topics in the language options will involve the use of materials in a foreign language, and topics in the quantitative methods options will involve the use of statistical data.

Part II

By amending the detail of Papers 1, 2, and 30 so as to read:

Papers 1 and 2. Special Subject: sources and long essay

Each candidate shall choose one special subject from a list of special subjects published by the Faculty Board. For each of the subjects primary sources will be specified, some of which may be in a foreign language. A candidate will be required to take one three-hour examination paper and to submit an essay of 3,000 to 6,000 words. The examination paper will include extracts from the specified primary sources and will require commentary by the candidate. For the essay candidates will be required to select an option from a list of options announced by the Faculty Board and to discuss an historical issue with reference to the primary sources specified for the special subject.

Paper 30. Historical argument and practice

This paper aims to provide an opportunity for candidates to reflect on broad issues of historical argument and practice arising out of their work for Part II. The paper is a means of enabling candidates to raise and discuss fundamental questions which relate their specialist knowledge to more general themes of historical inquiry and explanation. The keynote is the marriage of the conceptual and the empirical, the making of general claims about the nature of historical argument, and practice grounded in historical examples. The questions will be designed to encourage broad discussion of issues derived from, and relevant to, papers set in Part II, and will also allow candidates to draw upon their wider reading, done within and outside Parts I and II. The paper will offer a choice of questions, from which candidates will be required to answer one.

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION FOR THE HISTORICAL TRIPOS

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 227)

With effect from 1 October 2004

Part I

By amending Regulations 2 and 3 so as to read:

2. The examination shall consist of five papers as follows:

Paper 1. Historical argument and practice.

Paper 2. British political and constitutional history.

Paper 3. British economic and social history.

Paper 4. European history.

Paper 5. Extra-European history.

3. In order to be included in the list of successful candidates, a candidate shall offer three papers.

SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 227)

With effect from the same date

Part I

By amending the detail so as to read:

Paper 1. Historical argument and practice

This paper aims to provide an opportunity for candidates to reflect on broad issues of historical argument and practice. The paper is a means of enabling candidates to raise and discuss fundamental questions which relate their specialist knowledge to more general themes of historical inquiry and explanation. The paper will offer a choice of questions, from which candidates will be required to answer one. One section of the paper will contain questions on a theme specified by the Faculty Board from time to time and for which a programme of lectures will be offered.

Papers 2-5. British, European, and Extra-European history

The scope of these papers shall be that of the corresponding papers in Part I of the Tripos as follows:

Paper 2: Papers 2-6 in Part I

Paper 3: Papers 7-11 in Part I

Paper 4: Papers 12-18 in Part I

Paper 5: Papers 21 and 23 in Part I

Three questions must be answered but no question shall be specified as compulsory, except that in Paper 4, Section 2 (European History, 1715-present) candidates will be required to answer at least one question from each of sections A and B.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 24 April 2003
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