Search results - MSc in English Local History
|Type||Oxford Qualification - Part-time|
|Start date||Sep 2013|
|Subject area(s)||Local History|
|Fees||2013 fees: £2,680 (EU), £6,930 (Non-EU) plus College fee of approximately £1,300 (EU and non-EU) for 2013-2014.|
|Application status||Closed to new applications|
|Application deadline||Fri 17 May 2013|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
OverviewPotential students who have not previously studied English local history, or who have not taken an academic course for some time, may like to consider the Advanced Diploma in Local History www.conted.ox.ac.uk/localhistory. This one-year online course teaches concepts and methods in local history and is recommended as an excellent preparation for the MSc.
The MSc course is designed to combine a systematic training in historical research techniques with the study of a range of major local historical themes and the chance to undertake an individually researched dissertation. It will be relevant to potential or practising teachers, archaeologists, environmental planners, archivists, librarians, museum professionals and teachers in adult education as well as to dedicated researchers pursuing the subject in its own right.
Local history has for more than twenty years formed one of the largest programmes within the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. The subject has proved an interesting, rewarding and accessible area of historical studies that has enabled many mature students to become directly involved in individual research.
The MSc programme draws on knowledge and skills acquired in many years of providing specialist classes in local history, and profits from close links with local, social and economic historians elsewhere in the University. The programme is overseen by the University’s Continuing Education Board, and admission is through the Department for Continuing Education. All graduate students must apply also for membership of a college. Most choose to become members of Kellogg College, which caters particularly for part-time mature students and which is closely associated with the Department.
The Department’s graduate students are members of the Continuing Education Graduate School and have access to the full range of Oxford University’s library, archive and computing facilities.
Please note that the course recruits every two years and the next intake for the MSc will be in September 2013.
COURSE STRUCTUREThe MSc is a part-time course taught over two years. The course is designed for the needs of students wishing to study part-time, including those who are in full-time employment. As presently structured, the course has four main elements:
• A Qualifying Test covering Concepts and Methods, and an introduction to research in local history.
• Two Papers on sources, methods and foundations for English Local History.
• Two Advanced Papers chosen from a range of specific themes in English local history.
• An individually-researched Dissertation of up to 15,000 words.
Teaching will be organised in weekly evening classes (usually on Thursdays from 7.00-9.00pm) and occasional Saturday schools held in Oxford, and, in the case of dissertation work, in one-to-one tutorials and group seminars.
The course is based at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA.
Some classes may take place at other venues in Oxford. Class details, read-ing lists and information about any field trips will be supplied when you have taken up your place.
YEAR 1 (2013-14)
Induction Day Saturday 21 September 2013
The induction day involves 6 hours tuition and is organised on a Saturday.
In addition to the prescribed courses, all students attend this general introduction to research in local history and to the facilities available to them in Oxford:
1. Library, computing and study facilities available at the Department for Continuing Education, the Bodleian Library and the University Computing Service.
2. Basic reference works and aids to research, including indexes, abstracts, specialist bibliographies and national theses lists.
3. Use of information technology, including the facilities of the University’s Computing Services.
Matriculation Ceremony Saturday, 12 October 2013
Compulsory for new postgraduate students; followed by college welcome and lunch. Your college will inform you of other dates in the college calendar.
Teaching Sessions (dates are provisional and may change)
TERM 1 (Michaelmas Term 2013) 10 October - 12 December 2013
Concepts and methods: An introduction to research in local history, comprising 32 hours tuition (10 two-hour classes on Thursday evenings plus a field trip on a Saturday in late October).
TERM 2 (Hilary Term 2014) 23 January - 13 March 2014
16 hours tuition (8 two-hour weekly classes)
TERM 3 (Trinity Term 2014) 1 May - 19 June 2014
Skills for local history (sources and methods in the early modern period). 16 hours tuition (8 two-hour weekly classes).
One Saturday School on planning the dissertation.
YEAR 2 (2014-15) Term dates are provisional
TERM 1 (Michaelmas Term 2014) 9 October - 27 November 2014
Skills for local history (the medieval or the modern period). 16 hours tuition (8 two-hour weekly classes).
TERM 2 (Hilary Term 2015) 22 January - 13 March 2015
16 hours tuition (8 two-hour weekly classes).
TERM 3 (Trinity Term 2015) 23 April - 11 June 2015
Tutorials and group seminars.
Dissertation submission deadline: Monday 28 September 2015
Concepts and Methods: An Introduction to Research in Local History
This part of the course introduces the principal theories and methods employed in local history. Teaching will be based on a study of secondary litera-ture and original source materials. The aim is to enable students to understand uses and interpretations of data employed in the secondary literature, to begin to assess appropriate forms of data collection and analysis for their own researches, to use IT where appropriate, and effectively to present and integrate findings into historical writing.
• the development of local history as a subject
• theoretical issues for local historians
• the nature of historical evidence
• finding, extracting and organising historical information
• the strengths, weaknesses and potential uses of fieldwork, qualitative and quantitative source materials
• specific skills in the interpretation of maps, buildings and oral testimony as sources for local history.
Sources, Methods and Foundations in Local History
All students take sources, methods and foundations in the early modern period in their first year, and choose between the medieval or modern periods in their second year.
ADVANCED PAPERS (Schedule A)
Students may take two papers from Schedule A or one from Schedule A and one from Schedule B. Some Schedule A papers are available in Year One of the course and some in Year Two. The list may vary from year to year and papers will not normally run for fewer than two students.
A.1 Power and patronage in the later medieval localities
This course is about the exercise of power and authority at local level in England in the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. We look at the relations between the central government and the localities; how and by whom information and financial resources were gathered for royal government; what the framework for local government consisted of and what it was expected to achieve; how royal policies were enforced and by whom. We examine how monarchs co-operated with those at local level with whom they necessarily shared power or to whom they delegated authority - church leaders, members of the nobility and gentry, and the governing bodies of the larger towns. And we look at the ways in which the local elite exercised power and patronage on their own account and for their own ends, legitimately or otherwise. The course will involve study of a range of printed primary sources, in English translations.
A.2 Continuity and change in early modern rural communities
During the early modern period great changes were brought about in religion and in agriculture, and the population increased significantly in size; as a result, some historians have argued that this period witnessed a complete break with the practices of the preceding centuries. However, recent research into local communities suggests that this was not necessarily the case; rather the existing framework of local society was adapted to accommodate those changes. This course will examine, firstly, the nature of early modern society. Since the populations of rural communities were neither static nor isolated, both national and local population figures for the period will be considered, as will methods for disseminating news and information. The effects of the Reformation on the early modern rural parish will be examined, including parishioners’ reactions to directives from the crown and laws made by parliament, and how they managed religious change locally. During the period the market for land developed rapidly and new forms of landholding were created: population increase had a profound effect on the demand both for land and for food, and consequently triggered changes in farming practices. These, in turn, affected employment and landholding opportunities and drew attention to a hitherto unrecognised group in society – the landless labouring poor. Attempts by communities, and government, to deal with the problems of, and those created by, this group will also be considered.
A.3 Kinship, culture and community: provincial élites in early modern England
This course examines the lifestyles and attitudes of the gentry who, with their professional and mercantile friends, dominated, but never entirely subdued, provincial society and culture in early modern England. Issues to be addressed include: the impact of estate management and entrepreneurial activity on local communities; the geographical extent and social spread of networks of family and kin, patronage and service; the effects of education and book consumption on concepts of public duty and office holding; the dissemination of news and the level of political consciousness and activity; changing expression of religious belief and attempts to mould community mores and behaviour, especially as a product of ‘puritanism’. Whilst particular attention will be paid to case studies from central English counties, throughout the course provincial élites will be considered in the national context of social, economic, religious and political change.
A.4 The first welfare state?: poverty and the Poor Law in England, 1660-1800
Legislation under the Tudors laid the foundations of the first-known national system of tax-funded poor relief in the world. This paper gives students the opportunity to study the system in its maturity. What were its successes, and what were the difficulties? Who did it relieve, who fell through the net? Was it an economic benefit, at a time of considerable industrialisation, or was it a curse? Did it act as a benevolent system of social security, or was it really about discipline and control?
A.5 Enclosure and rural change, 1750-1850
Dispossession or modernisation, evolution or revolution? Rural change and the part played in it by parliamentary enclosure will be the focus of this course.Since the emergence of the Rural Question in the late 19th century the impact of enclosure had featured largely in a still expanding secondary literature. The debates in that literature, together with varied local case studies, will be the basis for discussion of the nature, extent, timing, causes and consequences of change in dimensions ranging from landholding, economic productivity, social structures and relationships, poverty, population, settlement and landscape.
A.6 Religion and community in England, 1830-1914
Religion, both institutional and individual, left its stamp on every kind of local community in Victorian England. In a period of rapid social change historians have variously interpreted religion as a radicalising force, as a source of refuge, as an agency of class-based social control, and as an ingredient of consensus and social cohesion. Belief and observance figured not only as matters of spiritual concern. They were linked with public and private actions and with perceptions of economic, political, educational, family, class and cultural interest and identity. This course will use contrasting local studies to consider the forms and functions of religious belief and observance in the changing communities of 19th-century England and the efforts of the churches to adapt to social and economic change.
A.7 The social history of English architecture, 1870-1940
The main theme of this course will be architectural responses to the fundamental changes in English society which took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We shall first examine the structure of the architectural profession, the organisation of the building industry and the structural and aesthetic factors which helped determine the form and character of buildings. We shall then look more closely at the evolution of some of the more important types of building: the middle-class house; housing for the working classes; public buildings (town halls, museums, etc); buildings for entertainment (theatres, pubs, etc); schools and hospitals; factories, offices and commercial buildings. The buildings will be placed within their stylistic and historical context, and close attention will be paid to documentary sources.
A.8 The English suburb, 1800-1939
This course will examine the growth and development of suburbs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The separation of work from home is a major feature of modern urban life, and in recent years historians have taken an increasing interest in the suburb as a historical phenomenon. Attention will be paid to the physical growth of both middle- and working-class suburbs, and we will examine the role of landownership, the building industry, transport, and local and central government in giving suburbs their distinctive identities. Students will be expected to work from primary as well as secondary sources, and to pay close attention to the layout and built fabric of suburbs, both on the periphery of large cities and of smaller towns.
ADVANCED PAPERS (Schedule B) These papers are offered in conjunction with the University’s MSc in Economic and Social History and will depend on the availability of individual teachers. Courses will usually run during the day. Examples of courses offered recently are shown below.
B.1 History from below: working class autobiography as a source for economic historians
The paper introduces students to working-class autobiography of the 18th and 19th centuries and explores the ways in which it can be used by economic historians. Students will consider the relative neglect of working-class memoir and the reasons why historians have been suspicious of such accounts especially when so few sources exist to provide insight into many aspects of everyday life. The strengths and weaknesses of the source will be discussed. The transition from using proletarian memoir as a literary source to searching it for the kinds of quantitative and qualitative evidence needed by social science historians will be discussed and defended. The course convener’s recent book, Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolutionwill be read as an example of a social science approach to the source and will be contrasted with David Vincent’s Bread, Knowledge and Freedom, which represents a classic interpretation. The ways in which working people’s accounts of their own lives can be used to unlock many outstanding questions in social and economic history will be pursued. Students will be required to study several working-class autobiographies and to develop their own ideas about how these might be used to cast light on the past as it was experienced by ordinary people.
B.2 Crime and punishment in Britain c.1700-1900
What is crime? How should society punish deviants and offenders? What is the nature of criminal justice and its supporting institutions? These are enduring questions, faced by all societies across time. This course traces the British experience over the 18th and 19th centuries, when the key institutions and practices of modern law, enforcement and punishment were forged. It was a period of revolution in penal thought. The course examines the definition of crime and deviance and its enactment in law, the development of crime control institutions and practices, and the role of discretion in the application of British justice. Particular attention is paid to punishment: the functioning of capital punishment, the search for alternatives, the battle over what mode of secondary punishment to adopt – transportation or incarceration – and the rise of the modern prison. The course also considers issues around who was caught within the net of criminal justice, including the creation of juvenile delinquency, women as criminals and as victims, and the rise of professional criminals and gangs. The course ranges from micro-histories to macro topics as it traces the rise and fall of the Bloody Code and the emergence of the modern system that we know today.
Assessment is based on a mix of coursework assignments and a dissertation.
The assessment falls into two parts, the first of which is called by the University a Qualifying Test and the second of which is called the Final Examination.
The Qualifying Test
The Qualifying Test, which must be passed in order to proceed to the rest of the degree, consists of a total of three assignments related to the work of the first term.
Assignment 1: A review of a work of local history (500 words). 10% of the marks for the test.
Assignment 2: An essay on issues relating to the nature of local history (2,000-2,500 words). 40% of the marks for the test.
Assignment 3: An essay on issues relating to the sources and practices of local history, especially the relationship of fieldwork and/or quantification to other sources and approaches (2,500-3,000 words). 50% of the marks for the test.
The Final Examination
The second part of the assessment determines the final classification of the MSc and comprises eight written assignments and a dissertation.
There will be 2 x 2,500 word assignments for each of the Sources, Methods and Foundations papers. In total the assignments for the Sources, Methods and Foundations papers comprise 10% of the marks for the final examination. There will be 2 x 5,000 word essays for each of the Advanced Papers. In total the essays for the Advanced Papers comprise 40% of the marks for the final examination. There will be a dissertation of 15,000 words The dissertation counts as 50% of the marks for the final examination.
Selection criteriaThere may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.
Read full selection criteria
Dr Mark Smith, University Lecturer in English Local and Social History, and Director of Studies in English Local History, Fellow of Kellogg College
Dr Elizabeth Gemmill, University Lecturer in English Local History, Fellow of Kellogg College
Dr Heather Falvey, Tutor, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Dr Jonathan Healey, University Lecturer in English Local History, Fellow of Kellogg College
Dr Jane Humphries, Reader in Economic History, All Souls College
Dr Christine Jackson, University Lecturer in History, Fellow of Kellogg College
Dr Deborah Oxley, University Lecturer in Social History, All Souls College
Dr Kate Tiller, Reader Emeritus in Local History, Kellogg College
Dr Geoffrey Tyack, Director, Stanford in Oxford Programme, Fellow of Kellogg College
Any potential student who would like to discuss the course further is encouraged to contact the MSc Course Director, Mark Smith, who will be pleased to help. He may be reached at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, telephone: 01865 270363 / 270360, email: email@example.com.
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Who is it for?
Acceptance to the course is normally on the basis of a good first degree in a relevant subject. Other experience or qualifications will be carefully considered and may be taken into account.
How to Apply
The University requires online applications. Paper applications are only acceptable where there is no option to make an online application to the course or in other exceptional cases where it is not possible for you to apply online.
Application Form and Supporting Materials
The application form is obtained by going to the Application and Admissions procedure section of the online prospectus, at Graduate Admissions Office.
For a full explanation of application methods, see www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/forms.
If it is not possible for you to apply online, a paper application form can be requested from the Graduate Admissions Office. Please email the Graduate Admissions Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
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Please note that in order to submit a paper application you must be able to pay the application fee by credit or debit card using our online store. If this is not possible, you may pay by cheque or bankers draft drawn on a UK bank account.
You will need to submit the application form and all supporting materials:
• Three references
Note: If you anticipate having difficulty providing 3 referees who have an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for this Programme of Study, please contact the Award Programme Administrator for advice.
• Transcripts of previous higher education results
Note: this requirement may be waived for students who have substantive experience but do not have a degree, or whose awarding institution may not be able, for administrative reasons, to supply a transcript. You will need to contact the Programme Administrator (email@example.com), in the first instance, before you submit your application. The transcript requirement can then be waived, if appropriate, and your application will be processed by the Graduate Admissions Office without undue delay.
• Current CV/resume
• Two pieces of written work, preferably on a historical subject, of approximately 2,000 words each.
• English proficiency score (if applicable).
Please note that supporting materials cannot be returned.
English Language Ability
Prospective students whose first language is not English should note that English language certification at the higher level is required, and any offer of a place will be conditional on the receipt of an original certificate (see the ‘Notes of Guidance’).
Non-EU students must get an appropriate visa to cover their time in England before coming to the UK. As the MSc is a two-year, part-time course, it does not have the number of teaching hours per week required for a student visa. For visa information, refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
The UKCISA website at www.ukcisa.org.uk/index.htm also contains useful information for both EU and non-EU students new to the UK.
Applications for the 2013 intake are now open. The closing dates for applications is 17 May 2013.
If you have any questions about the progress of your application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office (tel: 01865 270059; email: firstname.lastname@example.org ); or the Course Administrator, (tel: +44 (0)1865 280369; email: email@example.com).
Notes on Supporting Materials
A number of items of supporting material, described below, are required in addition to your application form. Your application cannot be considered without these materials, which should, apart from references, be submitted with your application form.
Please note that supporting material cannot be returned; you should therefore only submit copies (authenticated by the institutional authorities in the case of transcripts) of any original material, such as important pieces of written work or transcripts, which you need to retain.
(a) References: If possible, at least two of your referees should have a knowledge of your relevant experience and recent studies, and should indicate the standard attained wherever possible. Non-academic references are acceptable if you are unable to provide academic references.
(b) Transcript: all candidates should submit with their application a detailed official record of their higher education achievements up to the present, including courses taken and standards achieved. Candidates from countries, including the United Kingdom, where transcripts are not universally issued, should ask the appropriate office in their institution (usually the Registry or, in the case of Oxford students, their college authorities) for an official record setting out in detail the elements of the course they have taken and, if possible, the standard achieved (or, in the case of Oxford graduates, a statement of marks achieved in individual honours papers). A document (such as a degree certificate) certifying merely that the applicant has been awarded a certain qualification does not meet this requirement, and is not called for at this stage of the admission process. If the policy of your institution is that the transcript should remain confidential, you should ask for it to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office by the appropriate gathered field deadline. If your institution is unwilling to issue a transcript - which is more likely to be the case for a course you have not yet completed - you should indicate this on the application form. (Current Oxford undergraduates need not supply a transcript, but should indicate in the basis on which they are not providing one, and should ask referees to include in their reference any appropriate quantitative evidence, such as relevant marks in the first public examination.)
(c) Statement of Reasons for Study: all candidates should submit with their application a statement of their reasons for wishing to study at Oxford and to take the particular course they are applying for.
(d) Written work: two different pieces of your own recent written or published work are required to support your application, and should be submitted with your application form. The samples of written work may be two essays (such as seminar papers) or two sections of a longer work. Each sample should be of approximately 2,000-2,500 words in length. preferably typed, and must be in English. If any of the work you submit has been translated into English by someone other than yourself, you must clearly indicate this. The written work should be related to the subject you propose to study at Oxford and should provide evidence of your capacity to pursue successfully your proposed course of study. The work need not have already been subject to any academic appraisal.
(e) Certificate of proficiency in English: English is the language of instruction and students whose native tongue is not English must be sufficiently fluent in English to enable them to work without disadvantage. It is a condition of entry to graduate courses that, for non-native speakers, a certificate of proficiency in English should be obtained to confirm English proficiency. At present minimum required scores in the higher tests are 7.5 in the ELTS or IELTS (www.britcoun.org), or 630 in the TOEFL (www.toefl.org) test. Candidates to whom this requirement applies should make arrangements to take tests as early as possible, and to ensure that the certificated results are submitted with their application or as soon as possible thereafter.
It is a requirement of Oxford University that Master of Science students are matriculated members of the University and one of its colleges. Applicants may wish to note that the majority of students on part-time degree programmes are members of Kellogg College and most of the tutors and lecturers are Fellows of the College. Kellogg is dedicated to graduate part-time students and has developed a unique expertise in attending to the intellectual, social, IT and welfare needs of part-time, mature graduate students. For these reasons you may wish to give special consideration to putting Kellogg as your first choice. If a college choice is not specified on your application, it will be automatically sent to Kellogg if places are still available there.
Fees in 2013-2014 comprise the following: University composition fee: £2,680 (EU); £6,930 (non-EU) and the College fee: College fees vary and are not confirmed for 2013-2014 but the fee is likely to be approximately £1,300 (EU and non-EU). There may be a small fee increase for the second year of the course, 2014-2015.
The level of tuition fees you pay (home-EU or non-EU) depends on your residential category.
If you are a non-European national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you may qualify for the home student fee, so long as you (or your spouse or parent) have been resident in the UK for the last three years for purposes other than full-time education.
Please note that UK/EU citizenship is not sufficient to be granted Home status, without also fulfilling the residence requirement. Students who have not been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years may be liable for the non-EU student fee. For a detailed classification of home-EU/non-EU status, please contact the OUDCE Student Adviser on 01865 280355 if you have any queries.
An offer of a place on the course will be conditional upon your demonstrating that you are able to meet the course fees.
For information on student funding, please visit our website: www.conted.ox.ac.uk and follow links to `students’ and `sources of funding’. You will find information on student loans, bursaries and Professional and Career Development Loans as well as details of external sources of funding. For further information on funding, see the Oxford Funding Search www.ox.ac.uk/feesandfunding/search.
Kellogg College scholarships
Some colleges offer scholarships and other financial assistance and enquiries should be made directly to individual colleges. For information on Kellogg College see www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/scholarships.
Critchley Scholarship 2013-14
For 2013-14, a Critchley Scholarship will be awarded to a student at Kellogg College commencing study for the MSc in English Local History. The award is to assist a student who for financial reasons would otherwise find it difficult to study English Local History at MSc level at the University of Oxford. The scholarship award of £1,000 will be made for one year, renewable for a second year and coterminous with college fee liability. The scholarship is only tenable at Kellogg College. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of fit with the following criteria: academic excellence, financial need, and potential contribution to college life. To apply, candidates should submit a personal statement (of not more than two A4 pages) addressing these criteria. In addition to the personal statement, the awarding panel may also refer to information in a candidate’s MSc application.
Applications for the Critchley Scholarship should be sent to the Academic Administrator, Sarah O’Brien by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post to Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN by Friday 28 June 2013.