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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL STUDIES

The following elections were omitted from the results of the annual election and by-election for membership of the Social Studies Board.

Official Members


A. STEPAN, Gladstone Professor of Government           MT 2000

J.B. KNIGHT, Professor of Economics                    MT 1999

B. SHAFER, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of 
    American Government                                MT 1999

Ordinary Member


D.A. COLEMAN, MA, Fellow of Queen's                    MT 1999

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by the Board of the Faculty of Theology and the Standing Committee for Economics and Management will come into effect on 16 October.

1 Board of the Faculty of Theology

M.St. in Theology (Research)

With effect from 1 October 1998

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 726, after l. 37 insert:

`Theology (Research)

1. Each candidate must hold PRS status in the University and follow for at least three terms a course of instruction and directed research and will be required to produce from their society a certificate that they are following such a course.

2.Candidates will be expected to attend such lectures and seminars as their supervisor shall recommend.

3. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

4. Qualifying Examination

Candidates may be required to pass a qualifying examination in a language unless dispensed by the Examiners on the sole ground that further proof of linguistic competence is unnecessary. Normal expectations for this requirement are indicated separately for each field of study below, but the Board of the Faculty of Theology may make a further requirement in the case of any candidate if it deems that competence in a language is indispensable for the study of primary sources, provided that no candidate may be required to pass two qualifying examinations. The Chairman of Examiners may not give dispensation to a candidate in cases where the Faculty Board has already imposed a specific requirement on that candidate. Examinations shall be set at such times as may be determined by the Board of the Faculty of Theology, but will normally be set on one occasion during Michaelmas and Trinity Terms, and on two occasions during Hilary Term. Candidates may apply to the Chairman of Examiners for dispensation from the Qualifying Examinations, or for another Qualifying Examination than that normally expected in the field of study not later than the end of Michaelmas Term. The written support of a candidate's supervisor is required.

5. Proposals for titles of dissertations, major papers, and essays must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners by Friday of week 8 of Hilary Term. Candidates are advised to allow time for communication with the Examiners to take place before the Board's permission is granted, and are advised to submit their proposals as early as possible. All proposals should be accompanied by a brief indication of how the subject will be treated. Proposals for titles of dissertations should also be accompanied by a brief account of the primary and secondary sources to be used.

6. All major papers and essays must be submitted to the Chairman of Examiners not later than noon on Friday of week 9 of Trinity Term. All communications with the examiners should be addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the M.St. in Theology (Research), c/o the Clerk to the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

7. Syllabus

(a) Dissertation. Every candidate must submit a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words upon a chosen subject from one of the five fields of study listed below. The title, which will have been proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology, should not be related to any of those offered for other essays within the same field.

Two copies of the dissertation, which must be typewritten or printed, must be sent in a parcel bearing the words `Dissertation for the M.St. in Theology (Research)' to The Chairman of Examiners, c/o Clerk to the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon on the Friday sixteen days prior to the commencement of Michaelmas Full Term.

Every candidate must attend a viva voce examination which may concern the matter treated in the dissertation and any related question of academic context, method, or background.

(b) Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in one field of study from those detailed in the schedule of papers below:

SCHEDULE OF PAPERS

I Old Testament

(a) Three essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each on titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

(b) An essay of 5,000–7,000 words on a title to be announced by the examiners on Friday of week 8 of Trinity Term.

(c) A qualifying examination in Hebrew will normally be required.

II New Testament

(a) Three essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each on titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

(b) An examination in New Testament Exegesis. Candidates will be expected to translate and comment on passages from the New Testament in Greek and to answer questions on a wide range of subjects concerned with the theology, ethics, and history of the New Testament.

(c) A qualifying examination in Greek will normally be required.

III Ecclesiastical History

(a) An examination paper on The Nature and Practice of Ecclesiastical History, as prescribed for the M.Phil. in Theology, and to be sat at the same time.

(b) Three essays of not more than 5,000 words each, on titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

The titles of the essays should all fall within one of the following periods:

1. The Early Church AD 303–476

2.The Western Church AD 476–1050

3. The Western Church AD 1050–1400

4. English Church History AD 1066–1272

5. European Christianity AD 1400–1800

6. European Christianity AD 1800–1950

One of the essays may concern a specific discipline or skill related to the period (for example; palaeography, archival surveys).

(c) A qualifying examination in Greek will normally be required for those submitting titles in period 1., and a qualifying examination in Latin for those submitting titles in period 2, 3, or 4.

IV Christian Doctrine

(a) Either (1): An examination paper on set texts in Latin or Greek:

EITHER as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section A paper 4. A candidate proposing a dissertation on a topic in patristic theology is required to take this alternative.

OR as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section B paper 3. A candidate proposing a dissertation on a topic in medieval theology is required to take this alternative.

OR as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section C paper 3. A candidate proposing a dissertation on a topic in Reformation theology is required to take this alternative.

Or (2): An examination on Doctrines and Methods from Kant to the Present Day, as prescribed for the M.St. in Christian Doctrine, section G paper 2.

(b) One major paper of not exceeding 7,500 words;

OR: Two essays of not exceeding 5,000 words; on a title or titles proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology. In submitting titles the candidate should explain how they form a coherent preparation for their doctoral studies, either in terms of historical period, or in terms of theme, or both.

(c) A qualifying examination will normally be required in a major research language to be proposed by the candidate.

V Christian Ethics

(a), (b) Two major papers of not exceeding 7,500 words each;

OR: one major paper of not exceeding 7,500 words and three essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each;

OR: six essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words each. The titles to be proposed by the candidate and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

In submitting titles for the dissertation, for major papers and for essays, candidates are required to explain in which pieces of work they intend to display competence in each of the following skills:

(i) exploring an ethical question, substantive or conceptual, in relation to contemporary discussion.

(ii) the interpretation of a Biblical text of moral significance.

(iii) the discussion of a non-Biblical text of moral significance from some period of history prior to 1900.

More than one of these competencies may be demonstrated in the dissertation or in a single major paper, but not in a single essay.'

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2 Standing Committee for Economics and Management

Preliminary Examination in Economics and Management

With effect from 1 October 1999

In Examination Decrees, 1998, p. 75, l. 31, after `marketing' insert `, information management'.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Biological Sciences

O.R.P. BININDA-EMONDS, Merton: `Towards comprehensive phylogenies: examples within the Carnivora (Mammalia)'.
Department of Plant Sciences, Thursday, 8 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: R.W. Scotland, R. Page.

K. GHOSH, Queen's: `Molecular characterisation and expression of the E1 gene of the mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase complex from potato'.
Department of Plant Sciences, Friday, 9 October, 9 a.m.
Examiners: H.G. Dickinson, A. Brennicke.

Clinical Medicine

A. BRIGGS, Nuffield: `Uncertainty in the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions'.
Institute of Health Sciences, Monday, 23 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: N.R. Hicks, B. O'Brien.

D. MOULIN, Corpus Christi: `Regulation of expression of the CFTR gene'.
Institute of Molecular Medicine, Wednesday, 7 October, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: D.M.W. Beeson, C. Huxley.

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English Language and Literature

Y.M. CHAUDHRY, Wolfson: `Between extremities: Yeats's periodical allegiances, 1885–95'.
Wadham, Friday, 9 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.B. O'Donoghue, G. Watson.

J. PHILIPS, Worcester: `Transformation by allegory in John Bunyan's writing'.
Lincoln, Friday, 6 November, 2 p.m.
Examiners: P.E. McCullough, N.H. Keeble.

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Literae Humaniores

J.H. HORDERN, Corpus Christi: `The fragments of Timotheus of Miletus. Edition and commentary'.
Examination Schools, Saturday, 7 November, 11.30 a.m.
Examiners: P.J. Parsons, J. Diggle.

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Mathematical Sciences

M. SELBY, New College: `Donaldson invariants and equivariant cohomology'.
Mathematical Institute, Friday, 9 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: N.J. Hitchin, V. Pidstrigatch.

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Music

J.R. GRIMSHAW, New College: `Imitative counterpoint in sixteenth-century English music, c.1540–75'.
Magdalen, Wednesday, 28 October, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: B. Bujic, R. Rastall.

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Oriental Studies

M.C.E. FINCH, Wolfson: `Min Yong-Hwan: a political biography'.
Institute for Chinese Studies, Monday, 12 October, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: M. Deuchler, J.E. Hoare.

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Physical Sciences

P.J. CAMERON-SMITH, Lady Margaret Hall: `Spectroscopic studies of Jovian clouds'.
Clarendon Laboratory, Wednesday, 14 October, 11.30 a.m.
Examiners: E.J. Williamson, P. Gierasch.

D. SYMONS, Magdalen: `Impact damage tolerance of carbon fibre reinforced plastics'.
Department of Engineering Science, Thursday, 15 October, 11 a.m.
Examiners: J. Harding, B. Harris.

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Social Studies

MAN TO LEUNG, Nuffield: `Extending liberalism to non- European peoples: a comparison between John Locke and James Mill'.
Examination Schools, Monday, 5 October, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M.F.E. Philp, F. Rosen.

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