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History at Penryn
Dr Christopher Stokes
My name is Dr Christopher Stokes and congratulations on your offer to study History at Exeter's Penryn Campus. Whether you are considering studying History as a part of combined, flexible combined, joint or single honours I would recommend that you book for one of our offer holder visitor days to explore our campus and find out more about the department.
I hope that I will be teaching you in September!
I study History and Politics. I have enjoyed every module I have studied. I love the content and the lectures and believe my course – along with help from the career zone – is helping my future career path. Furthermore, studying a joint honours degree has meant I can tailor my course to best suit me.
At university, I feel like I am actually engaging in academia, rather than just reproducing facts and statistics in the form of an essay. This has meant I am much more engaged with my study; each essay feels like my own, not just something someone else could regurgitate.
I had very high expectations for this course and it has met them all. I thoroughly enjoyed all last year in particular Public and World History 2. First year was very useful for building the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for degree level history, through looking at wide ranging themes, theories and historians.The weekly lectures delivered are engaging and detailed, providing an in-depth context to the topic.
As a keen athlete I train around 6 times a week, in the gym in campus and on the athletics track in Carn Brea.
I study English and History. Lecturers have always been engaging, relating topics to their own research so that what we’re being taught is frequently on the cutting edge of scholarship.
Moreover, the small size of the campus means that the lecturers have always been available to provide clarification and assistance, giving valuable advice on how to improve my writing skills.
I have really enjoyed the course so far, it has revealed a range of different scholarly perspectives to historical events that have often been presented as an absolute fact. The course is intellectually challenging and has given me with the freedom to have an individual response to these perspectives.
Individuality and the ability to present new ideas or understandings on a subject are praised. I have found that there is not a singular way of understanding the past therefore having confidence in your perspective is key.
My course has been excellent so far. It is totally different than I expected, for example I never thought I would enjoy looking at the theories and concepts behind History, yet I loved the way it taught me to question and see things in a different light. The same with Global History, originally, I couldn’t see myself studying it but when I came to it, it was really refreshing and rewarding.
The beautiful location and the way the uni treated me and my family (providing us with rooms each etc.) combined with the opportunity to meet one of my history lecturers prior to study was outstanding.
History at university is a completely different experience to anything that has come before as you are not only learning about the past but you are learning multiple different interpretations of the same events and learning to question facts, sources and the historians themselves.
The course is not what I expected in that manner, but it has been an enjoyable shift and has led to me questioning a lot of my own assumptions and hopefully broadened my own understanding in many aspects of my life.
I originally applied to study History at the Streatham Campus; however, after receiving my A-level results, I was offered to study down in Cornwall, at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus. I took a quick trip down to visit and fell in love with the campus and the history department.
I should have always applied to the Penryn campus as it suits my personality a lot better. I have been able to build close relations with my lecturers who understand my style of learning and have encouraged me to question my thoughts and opinions.