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University of Durham 4.1 / 323 reviews
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Okay... I'd like to break down why this module was terrible with four main reasons: the lecture material, the tutors, the summative essay, and the content of the module. Before I get into it, I would like to stress that the delivery of the lectures was actually quite good - the lecturer for 2016/17 was competent, she clearly knew what she was talking about and she was helpful when asking questions.

The lecture material was very unhelpful. By this I mean the handouts and the slides that are posted onto DUO. The handout and the slides did not correlate and made it unnecessarily complicated. I often had to ask a lot of questions because the foundation knowledge just wasn't accessible given that the slides were so complex. For example, the handout would set out what the lecture covered but the slides would jump around the handout, often stressing seemingly unimportant cases. I was quite ill for a lot of this year but did my best to attend as many lectures as possible. However, trying to catch up was made near impossible given the unnecessarily complex lecture materials which were incredibly difficult to follow.

The tutors were awful. I loved my tutor as a person but she was an awful teacher - I don't think she knew anything about commercial law if I'm honest. I emailed her on two separate occasions throughout the year. The first time, she provided me with an answer that simply did not make sense. The second time, she didn't know the answer and said that I should email the lecturer (to be fair, it was about exam technique - but one would imagine that for 9,000 a year the tutors know how we should be answering exam questions given that they are teaching us...). The tutorials were structured well but the teaching style and discussion was not of a good quality. I heard this complaint from other students. 

The summative essay... Where do I start?! Let me set the scene for you... They introduced this summative essay which counted for 20% of the module last year. They have now dropped it after two years of trying to get it right. The exercise simply didn't work. You had to draft a retention of title clause and then various other clauses which would allow the clause to function properly in a commercial context. You then had to write roughly 1000 words on why you have drafted it in the way that you did. Now, I got 48 in this. I'm a fairly decent student. I got a first in a 5,000 word essay and a high 2.1 in another 3000 word essay this year. I do not understand where I went wrong and the feedback suggested that I should have gotten at least a 2.2. The marks were random and sporadic, with very similar essays receiving marks in the high 60s. I'm by no means bitter, but it was just a shambles from start to finish. We had a whole tutorial dedicated to this summative and that provided us with very little knowledge.

Finally, the content of the module. As you have probably read from previous reviews, this module's SOLE CONCERN is the SGA 1979. It's SO boring. I loved contract law last year so I was really looking forward to this module, but it is so useless. You simply look at a different provision of the SGA in each year. Weeks 6 and 7 were literally spent looking at Section 6 and Section 7. If you are taking commercial law next year because it will look good on a CV - DO NOT TAKE COMMERCIAL LAW NEXT YEAR. Take PIL or Media Law. They are so much more interesting and this module was, without a doubt, the worst thing to come out of my academic life at university. 

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The course is interesting and studying a combined honours degree in PPE I can study the three subject fairly evenly. I have 11 contact hours per week which is not very many but seems to be around the average for an arts student at Durham. One thing I would say is that studying A Level Economics does not help much at all with studying Economics at degree level - it is extremely maths focussed at degree level. The teaching in the politics department is very strong, in philosophy it is quite good, but I feel it is not as good in the Economics department. Lectures are very big making them very impersonal and neither lectures nor seminars are interactive or discursive at all. Seminars just consist of a seminar leader writing answers on a board which I have not found to be a very helpful way of learning. Politics and philosophy tutorials are far more interactive and help to develop knowledge and confidence. There does not seem to be much support for students when they are struggling - my academic 'advisor' does not even have an email address so is impossible to contact meaning I had to contact someone from my college who specialised in pastoral care when I was struggling with academic issues. Furthermore, some of my work has not been marked promptly or has had very limited feedback, but this varies hugely depending on the departments and the module leader/marker. Overall, I really enjoy studying my degree and I find it to be very interesting and many aspects are very engaging.

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Classics at Durham is extremely challenging; it is essentially 6 degrees rolled into one (Ancient Greek, Latin, philosophy, history, history of art and English). However, due to this it is hugely varied and multi-disciplinary. There is a wide range of subject matter to choose from and often, the different subjects overlap or inform each other. The language aspect of classics is a requirement, you must take two 20 credit modules each year. The teaching for this could be improved for the intermediate level language classes as they mainly consist of grammar and accidence and the classes are too late to benefit much from the actual coaching. However, once you progress to advanced level, the classes become smaller, more specialised, literature based and far more interesting.The cultural modules are largely thematic and cover one particular theme of the subject or text each week, these can range from politics to close textual analysis. The lectures tend to be thorough and insightful but often wider reading is required so as to ensure students have the full picture as one hour a week can only provide a limited amount of information.

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The main reason I chose my degree, at Durham University particularly, was for the variety of topics that could be studied. I enjoy the ability to study Medieval, Early Modern and Modern history, and within this a range of types of history from across the world.The lecturers are all passionate about their course and very engaging, although some areas of the department are stronger than others. Sometimes the lectures aren't clearly structured, sometimes they are, but this is down to the lecturer and the module. Seminars are usually very interesting, challenging and though-provoking.Overall I really love my degree and am glad I chose it.

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It's challenging but very rewarding. The course spans over so many different disciples- teaching you about history, politics, economics and so much more. The teaching staff are at the top of their game and it really shows, from learning about Trump's terrifying policy changes to the Israel-Palestinian conflict this degree programme really captures it all. Be prepared to be pushed to the limit but come out all the better for it.

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The degree overall establishes a broad knowledge of all Biology in the first year and then really allows you to specialise as you progress through the course. A year in industry or a year abroad are both available to take between the second and third year and I would highly recommend this, it is much more relaxing than it sounds and you learn a lot whilst doing them (you'll be surprised how much you learn), making the final year much easier!

Teaching can vary but the department is very good at weeding out the poor lecturers so a high quality is generally maintained. Assessment is quite stressful as it tends to be all in one go and essay based however this really prepares you for working hard when you leave University!

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First year is not focused solely on Biomedical Science as we have to do the same modules as biology, which means that you have to spend some of first year learning about plants... The lecturers are helpful, they will always be happy to answer questions by email or in person but the quality of teaching does vary. Some lecturers have good content but poor delivery or vice versa. I have enjoyed some aspects of the course but there is a lot of information to take in, especially during second year.

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This course is everything I'd hoped it would be and more! It's basically the same as the main campus psychology programme, however with slightly lower grade boundaries. This makes it a brilliant route to getting into a better university! We have around 10 hours of lectures each week, each following the BPS accredited guidelines.

The biggest piece of advice though is that if you want to study psychology and advance into a career in this sector, make sure the courses you apply to are accredited by the BPS.

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This course covers a wide range of topics where you're taught by world renowned specialists. I have always felt like I'm a true part of the department, rather than an outsider learning a few lessons. Every lecturer is so friendly and helpful and even in times when a number on my course disliked the structuring or thought the assessments were too strict they take all of our concerns seriously and immediately adjust things to make everyone more comfortable. I honestly can think of no negatives.

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Good balance between exams and assignments. Only downside to the course is the lecturers. For an amazing university, the lecturers are often poor and won't provide sufficient help for assignments or exams. Overall, I have found the course interesting and the workload bearable. Would recommend to anyone looking to study here :)

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