Prof. David Campion

RMS Titanic under construction, Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast, 1911 © Titanic Historical Society




A research seminar can be a rewarding exercise, but for this to happen it will require some effort. This means regular and punctual classroom attendance and consistent adherence to the schedule of assigned readings to keep up with and actively participate in discussions. If you must miss a class, you are required to notify the instructor in advance and in writing. Any unexcused absence after the first two will reduce your final grade by one third of a letter grade. Two late arrivals count as one absence. Being unprepared for class discussion will also count as an unexcused absence. Students are always encouraged to ask questions or continue discussions during office hours, and to go beyond the minimum course requirements as their imagination and intellect lead them. This is not a lecture course; as a research seminar, we are a relatively small group devoted to critical discussion of scholarly writing and original historical research. As such, your preparation and active participation is vital to the success of this course.


The goal of this seminar is the development of a substantial and original research paper addressing one aspect of the British experience in India. The paper should be approximately 25 to 30 pages with standard margins and a 12-point font. Refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) for guidance on footnotes, bibliography, etc. Paper topics may be drawn from a variety of areas but must first be approved by the instructor. At various points in the course, students will be required to submit several assignments to aid in the research and organization of their papers. These shall include a one-page proposal, an annotated bibliography, a detailed paper outline, the presentation of a related primary source, and first draft of the paper for peer review. Each student will also create a poster explaining his or her thesis research for display at a class poster exhibition that will take place in Watzek Library at the end of the semester.

Assignments must be submitted on time. Unless there are extenuating circumstances and an extension is obtained in advance, assignments will be reduced by one third of a letter grade for each day they are late. After five days, an assignment will not be accepted.

The Lewis & Clark College
Policy on Academic Integrity is applicable to all assignments in this course. Any instances of cheating or plagiarism, however slight, on any assignment will result automatically in a failing grade for the course and referral to the College Honor Board for further disciplinary action.


Participation in discussion (25%)
Research project and supporting assignments (75%)

Note: If you have a disability that may affect your academic performance, you may request accommodations by submitting documentation to Student Support Services and that office will notify the instructor of the accommodation for which you are eligible.

(Available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark Bookstore)

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
James Hinton, Nine Wartime Lives: Mass Observation and the Making of the Modern Self
Kwasi Kwarteng, Ghosts of Empire: Britainís Legacies in the Modern World
Kenneth Morgan, Twentieth-century Britain: A Very Short Introduction
Judith Walkowitz, Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London
Martin Wiener, English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980

(Available for purchase at the Lewis & Clark Bookstore)

William K. Storey, Writing History (4th Edition)

Panoramic view of the Secretariat Buildings and Viceroy House, New Delhi; designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, 1911

Created by campion@lclark.edu | Updated February 2016