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History at Streatham
Dr Nicholas Terry
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As a third year history undergraduate at the University of Exeter I have been introduced to new ways of thinking about historical events and their wider implications and resonance today. I have been taught to think differently and consider various issues in a series of differing contexts. The course itself allows students to study history from a global perspective, rather than a Eurocentric approach.
This is what makes the course at the University of Exeter unique in that the modules go beyond the textbook, providing the opportunity to delve into specific areas of history which I have not had the opportunity to study before.
Despite being a large course, History is one of the most social. With a lot of the course being taught in small seminar groups, I found it perfect for getting to know other students and for making close friends.
Having tutors that specialise in almost every aspect of history, has allowed me to study a wide range of topics, from the Norman Conquest to the War on terror. One of the best aspects of studying history is freedom to be able to choose modules that you want to specialise in, and have interest in learning more about. I've loved every moment of studying history here!
The thing I enjoy the most about my degree is the ability to, through interesting and intriguing topics, develop key academic skills in a variety of forms, including essay writing, source evaluations, historiography, presentations etc.
I love the combination of stimulating academic challenges with a large amount of exciting extra-curricular activities to get involved in – including an impressive array of speakers from prestigious organisations, giving a wholly rounded university experience.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Exeter, where I have studied History and Archaeology. Each academic year has been both challenging and interesting, enabling me to develop on skills and knowledge that I have acquired from the previous modules from Year 1 to Year 3.
In every module, lecturers and tutors have taught with great enthusiasm and always ensured their lectures are engaging and encourage debate.
I originally came to Exeter as a part of a 1-year international exchange program with the intention to return to my home university in Canada. After my short time in Exeter I fell in love with the campus, and incredible people and fully transferred.
The sports programs, particularly the Women’s Rugby Team: EUWRFC provided me with incredible opportunities, amazing training programs, support from coaching staff and friends for life. Winning BUCS Gold at Twickenham twice was a dream come true and to play at such a high level against elite players with my best friends, is one of my fondest memories.
I was very lucky that as part of my studies I was also able to learn something about my host countries past on my year abroad in France. Many of my history modules were in French History- a choice I made deliberately as naturally Exeter offers a few modules in this subject area.
I also got to take courses in Archaeology and Prehistory. These modules complimented my course perfectly and enabled me to gain a more comprehensive understanding of times gone by.