History (HIST) 492

Special Project in European History (Revision 1)

HIST 492

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: Professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 492 offers an opportunity to pursue an extended research project in European history, under the direction of a professor. It is intended for students in the last stage of a B.A. major in History or Humanities.

The course of study will include extensive library research as well as online research. Working with the professor, students first develop a research proposal indicating the goals of the study and a timetable for completion of the project. They next prepare a first draft of the research essay, with a full bibliography of primary and secondary sources. After further consultation with the professor, they then write the final version of the research paper. Evaluation will be based on the adequacy of the research proposal, the comprehensiveness of the bibliography, and the quality of both the first draft of the essay and of the final research paper. The latter will be at least 5,000 words in length.


Students are evaluated at each stage of the project, first on their research proposal, next on their draft essay and bibliography, and last on the final version of their research essay.

Students are required to achieve a minimum mark of fifty percent (50 percent) on each stage of the project.

Students are required to achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
Research proposal 20%
Draft Essay & Bibliography 30%
Final Research Essay 50%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, May 30, 2008.