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Exam /2547

In the current context, the exam assessment, as the final assessment component for the module, will now be replaced by a related assessment but undertaken as coursework, with submission on an extended deadline over the scheduled exam date.

A Panopto briefing is to follow on Blackboard.

Revised assessment to replace exam

  • 1000 words (+/- 25%)
  • represents 50% of final grade
  • Submit by May 13th 2020 (the original exam date + 2 weeks)
    – submit via Turnitin (by 11.59am).

 Answer one question. All questions are equally weighted

    1. Discuss the extent to which datasets such as the Maddison Project have resolved the key methodological issues with regard to estimating historical economic activity.
    2. To what extent can we explain the industrial revolution in Britain on the basis of a singular causal factor?
    3. Identify the core characteristics of a ‘General Purpose Technology’ (GPT) and assess whether steam power may be considered to be a GPT.
    4. Outline the Bank of England’s actions in relation to the Overend-Gurney crisis and consider how much this experience may have conditioned policy responses to subsequent financial crises.
    5. Critically assess the immediate and longer-term economic impacts of Britain being forced off the Gold Standard
      in 1931.
    6. Critically review the case Piketty makes to explain the observed increase in wealth and income inequality
      after 1980.
    7. “Not even during the Great Depression and the second world war did the bulk of economic activity literally shut down, as it has in China, the US and Europe today.” Nouriel Roubini (2020)
      What lessons might policymakers take from past economic crises in seeking to deal with the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic?

Learning Outcomes

Assessments relate directly to the module’s learning outcomes (below). The coursework’s assessment criteria will reflect the following learning outcomes:

      1. Explain relevant concepts and models in economic history
      2. Discuss and analyse key themes and events in economic history, utilising suitable analytical tools and concepts
      3. Critically assess the relevance of economic history to current institutions, policy and events
      4. Develop understanding of the development of economic thought in relation to economic history
      5. Critically survey published literature from a variety of sources and engage effectively with online (re)search tools

Assessment criteria

The essay must:

      • Provide evidence of relevant reading and research.
      • Demonstrate a clear and concise writing style.
      • Demonstrate the student’s understanding of any theoretical concepts that the question addresses.
      • Draw appropriate conclusions that fit 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 five “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.
      • The maximum word count is 1250 words. Essays should not be less than 750 words.
      • 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.

Please see the assessment pro forma for weightings.

Pre-Covid-19 assessment model

The outline below reflects the original examination and is now outdated.

    • Individual, closed book examination
    • 1 hour duration – answer a number of short answer questions and one essay question.
    • represents 50% of final grade
    • Takes place in normal examination period.

A full exam briefing was provided in seminars in week 23/24, where the topics and structure of the exam will be outlined. Exam questions will typically be drawn from seminar topics and lecture material.

Past papers and sample short answer questions (with suggested answers) are available on the module’s Blackboard site.