OXFORD’S FACULTY OF HISTORY is one of the largest in the country with about 100 permanent teaching staff, 1,200 undergraduates and 500 graduates, all served by a large teaching collection of books and electronic resources as well as the Bodleian Library. The size and quality of the department allow for a broad range of subfields are studied; British history is at its core, but American, European, Asian, African and other histories are also studied, supported in some cases by specialist collections such as the Vere Harmsworth Library for Americana (the largest collection outside north America) or the collection of the Indian Institute. Students have the opportunity to study primary texts as well as secondary literature across a broad range of tutorial options. 

The descriptions below are copyright University of Oxford and cover tutorial courses offered by the University to matriculated undergraduates. SSO students follow such courses as closely as is practicable, though there may be scope for minor variation to take into account students’ previous experience. Students will not necessarily cover all the material cited in the description (especially when they take the course as a secondary tutorial). All tutorials involve in-depth study; where the title might suggest a survey course, the content of the tutorial will involve focused study on part of the syllabus.


Tutorial List

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SSO history tutorial descriptions

Early Medieval History (until 1000)

  • History of the British Isles I: c.370–1087
  • General History I (285–476)
  • General History II (476–750)
  • General History III (700–900)
  • Anglo-Saxon Archaeology of the Early Christian Period, 600–c.750
  • The Age of Bede c.660–c.740
  • The Carolingian Renaissance
  • The Near East in the Age of Justinian and Muhammad, 527–c.700

Medieval History (1000–1500)

  • History of the British Isles II: 1042–1330
  • History of the British Isles III: 1330–1550
  • General History IV (900–1122)
  • General History V (1122–1273)
  • General History VI (1273–1409)
  • General History VII (1409–1525)
  • Conquest and Frontiers: England and the Celtic Peoples, 1150–1220
  • Crime and Punishment in England c.1280–c.1450
  • Culture and Society in Early Renaissance Italy, 1290–1348
  • Early Gothic France c.1100–c.1150
  • English Chivalry and the French War, c.1330 – c.1400
  • Flanders and Italy in the Quattrocento, 1420–80
  • Scholastic and Humanist Political Thought
  • The Crusades
  • The Wars of the Roses, 1450–1500

Early Modern European History (1500–1789)

  • History of the British Isles IV: 1500–1700
  • History of the British Isles V: 1685–1830
  • General History VIII (1500–1618)
  • General History IX (1600–1715)
  • General History X (1715–1799)
  • Court Culture and Art in Early Modern Europe
  • Literature and Politics in Early Modern England
  • Making England Protestant, 1558–1642
  • Medicine, Empire, and Improvement, 1720–1820
  • Nature and Art in the Renaissance
  • Representing the City of London, 1558–1640
  • The Metropolitan Crucible, London 1685–1815
  • The Military and Society in Britain and France, c.1650–1815
  • The Science of Society, 1650–1800
  • Witch-Craft and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe
  • Women, Gender and Print Culture in Reformation England, c.1530–1640

Modern European History (since 1789)

  • History of the British Isles VI: 1815–1924
  • History of the British Isles VII: Since 1900
  • General History XI (1789–1871)
  • General History XII (1856–1914)
  • General History XIII (1914–1945)
  • General History XIV (1941–1973)
  • A Comparative History of the First World War, 1914–20
  • Britain at the Movies: Film and National Identity since 1914
  • British Economic History since 1870 
  • Culture and Society in France from Voltaire to Balzac
  • Culture, Politics and Identity in Cold War Europe, 1945–68
  • Intellect and Culture in Victorian Britain
  • Nationalism in Western Europe, 1799–1890
  • Nationalism, Politics and Culture in Ireland, c.1870–1921
  • Political Theory and Social Science, c.1780–1920
  • Radicalism in Britain 1965–75
  • Revolution and Empire in France, 1789–1815
  • The Authority of Nature: Race, Heredity and Crime, 1800–1940
  • The First Industrial Revolution, 1700–1870
  • The Rise and Crises of European Socialisms: 1881–1921
  • The Soviet Union, 1924–41
  • Women, Gender and the Nation: Britain, 1789–1825

American History

  • General History XV (Britain’s North American Colonies from Settlement to Independence, 1600–1812)
  • General History XVI (From Colonies to Nation: the History of the United States, 1776–1877)
  • General History XVII (The History of the United States since 1863)
  • Conquest and colonization: Spain and America in the sixteenth century
  • The Age of Jefferson, 1774–1826
  • The American Empire, 1823–1904

Modern Imperial History

  • General History XVIII (Imperial and Global History, 1750–1914)
  • Imperialism and Nationalism, 1830–1980

History of Political Thought

  • Theories of the State: Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx

Historical Methods

  • Approaches to History
  • Historiography: Tacitus to Weber