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Assessment 2 /2547

  • 1000-1200 words
  • represents 40% of final grade
  • due 11.59pm, Tuesday of week 21 (20th February 2018) – submit to  Turnitin

Each case study tutorial topic that forms the basis for essay choices (in weeks 7-8, 9-10, 16-17, 18-19) has a set of questions that you will need to prepare for prior to the tutorial. The lab session in weeks 4-5 will not require prior preparation. For each of these case studies (1–5), a discursive essay question related to that case study is an essay question option (see below).

You will need to select one of the case studies we have done in class and the appropriate question for that case and write an essay that:

  • Addresses the essay question set for the case study
  • Builds on the discussion in class and your own preparation for the case study discussion
  • Incorporates your reflection on the case issues.

You should ensure that you offer a coherent and suitably structured response to the question chosen and that there is appropriate analysis, drawing on relevant theoretical models where appropriate.

Further research and reading beyond the case study materials is required, as you are aiming to produce a deeper and more considered response that builds on the discussion in class. You may need to add further examples, data or illustration of the issues and draw on the base of established academic literature.

Essay options

Select one of the following questions from the tutorial case studies (1–5):

Case 1 (w4/5)
What methodological issues exist with regard to estimating historical economic activity and to what extent have datasets such as the Maddison Project and Clio-infra resolved such concerns?

Case 2 (w7/8)
What conclusions about the causes and timing of the industrial revolution in Britain can one draw from the debate between Allen and Mokyr?

Case 3 (w9/10)
Outline the case Crafts (2003) makes for treating steam power in the 19th century as a ‘general purpose technology’ (GPT) and assess the economic impacts of steam power upon Britain.

Case 4 (w16/17)
Using appropriate historical examples, explore the impact of speculative bubbles as a causal factor in financial crises. What policy conclusions might one draw from such crises?

Case 5 (w18/19)
Explore the extent to which developments in economic thinking in the inter-war period influenced post-WWII policy and economic performance in the ‘Golden Age of Capitalism’ 1945-73.

Essay Assessment Criteria

The essay must:

  • Provide evidence of suitably relevant reading and research.
  • Demonstrate a clear and concise writing style.
  • Demonstrate the student’s understanding of the theoretical concepts and academic literature that the question addresses.
  • Show suitable grasp of the historical context of the question.
  • Draw appropriate conclusions that are congruent with the preceding analysis.


  • The essay should be typed in 12 point Arial or Helvetica (with 1.5 line spacing) and follow an essay-style format
  • It should identify a minimum of six “academic” sources. “Academic” sources are textbooks, academic journal articles and, at this level, business analysis sources such as The Economist.
  • The word count excludes the title page and reference list.
  • It must be submitted in digital form to the Turnitin assignment drop-box on the module’s Blackboard site. Digital submissions must be received by the assignment deadline. Don’t assume instantaneous delivery.
  • Good referencing and academic practice will be credited, as will good standards of written English
  • Any evidence of plagiarism will be dealt with severely in accordance with DMU regulations.
  • Late submissions will be penalised.

Assessment 2 marksheet [pdf]

Reassessment opportunity

If assignment 2 is failed due to poor completion of the essay, it may, with the agreement of the tutor, be reassessed by submission of a revised version of the assignment, provided the tutor has been notified within two weeks of assignments being returned that resubmission is being pursued. A resubmission date will be individually agreed in each instance. In such cases, the grade will be capped at 40%. Non-submission of the essay (and thus a zero mark) and/or non-attendance at tutorials causing an overall fail in coursework will normally lead to the Faculty’s standard referral process, with a reassessment in August.