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Hi! I am second year of college and applied to do an extended project. I previously wanted to do it on something to do with psychology, but realised I'm not actually interested in this and doesn't relate to my subjects or courses. I currently take and am interested in history/ancient history, and I also take German.

Has anyone done an EPQ with a similar theme or can just help me out with ideas?

Thanks!
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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you've posted in the right place? Here's a link to our subject forum which should help get you more responses if you post there.

You can also find the Exam Thread list for A-levels here and GCSE here. :dumbells:


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Maybe something like 'German propaganda during WWI or WWII' - so it combines history and your German skills
Ancient History-wise, the Greeks are always interesting


In terms of generally searching for ideas, just type in different things into google. Like type in 'Ancient civilisations', 'german history', '20th century history' and '19th century history; etc,

sometimes just skim-reading a wiki page gives you a good idea as to whether you'll find the overall topic interesting and what you might want to hone in on.

trust me, it took me a while to decide my EPQ title too, but I'm glad I did it in the end!
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Just to add to the above answer, it would be a good idea to try and come up with a title in the form of a question, for which you can write about the arguments for and against in the essay and come to a conclusion at the end. Structuring it this way gains more marks than simply describing a topic or answering a question for which there is a direct answer
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How far did pre-1914 Germany influence Nazi Germany?

Nice and broad! I recommend using NG as a comparison because of the wealth of resources.
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If you're a bit sick of Nazi history (I know I am) you could always go for something older - the unification of Germany in the Franco-Prussian War, for example. It's something less studied, but there's still a ton of resources. And European ancient history is always fun - sticking with the Germany theme, the Germanic tribes such as the Goths at the time of the Roman Empire is quite interesting, and there's a lot of contemporary resources from the Romans to help you write it. I'm a bit biased in terms of history - my EPQ this year was the rights and roles of medieval women 500-1500AD, and it was a lot of fun (provided you get the paperwork done in time).
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This is just Ancient History based (Latin student, sorry!), but there's a ton of secondary sources on Augustus' reign and it's such an interesting time period, what with the literary censorship but also it being a sort of 'golden age'!

You could also look maybe look at the development of German as a language, if you're a linguistic-y person?
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I am currently doing my A2 exams and this year have completed an extended project. I chose to do mine on 'to what extent can animal testing be justified when considering medical purposes?', being something that I was interested in finding out more about.
Initially, my title did not include the phrase 'to what extent' but I believed that adding it in would allow me to find more scope and really explore my topic/title. so wording of title is important too!
My advice would be to pick something you are 100% interested in, as it takes that much time and effort that you'd get bored if not.
Also, I don't think you can do something that relates to your current syllabus so it merely depends on what you're currently studying.
You have to be able to gather primary data for your project. I devised questionnaires to gather initial views, then gave them facts and images, then gave my participants a second questionnaire to allow them to re evaluate their thoughts. I thought that this would allow them to become more educated, thus giving more valid responses. I also used case studies as secondary data to add more depth to my argument.
If you're wanting to do something combinary of psychology and history, perhaps you could do something focusing on how speeches and/or campaigns were used during World War 2 to install influential power over people. This way you could look at psychology for example, conformity. You could look at history, eg events, attitudes, context, and you could touch on elements of english language which tie in with psychology. You could use secondary information as your main body, but gather primary data by allowing people to respond to the data, telling you how they would have personally responded.

Maybe this is a stupid idea, but it's just something I thought of, haha. I hope this has helped If you prefer a different subject of focus, I could perhaps give you some other ideas. I done a mind-map of ideas and how I would develop them in terms of my project.
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Thanks so much everyone. I think I'm going to do something based on how significant events have shaped society/impacted society - maybe the collapse of the Berlin Wall or the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis. I really appreciate all the help and advice!
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Thanks so much everyone. I think I'm going to do something based on how significant events have shaped society/impacted society - maybe the collapse of the Berlin Wall or the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis. I really appreciate all the help and advice!
If you ever need help for the Berlin Wall, just PM me! It's part of my history A-level course!
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