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Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School


Sunday 3rd - Friday 8th August

The History Department is committed to research-led teaching at all levels for undergraduate students. This means our modules are designed around the research currently conducted by academic members of staff, giving all students the opportunity to engage with the latest findings and methods developed in historical research in a wide range of fields. The summer school will give participants a taste of a number of strands of research-led teaching, looking at issues such as popular culture in the middle ages, politics and dissent in the early modern period and much else besides. There will be an opportunity to work on primary sources in their original form kept here in Durham. In addition, sessions will be run on the techniques developed by undergraduate historians including essay writing and oral presentation. We look forward to introducing you to some of the work done here in the Durham History Department and hope that our summer school will be memorable, profitable and fun.

“The main reason I love studying history is because it is constantly changing. There is rarely a right or wrong answer and I love how, to an extent, my learning is shaped by what I choose to read and how I interpret a particular issue.”

Durham Student Ambassador

“My History academic sessions were really informative, allowing me to experience how lectures and seminars occur at university. I found visiting the old Palace Green library and the university archives fascinating; especially being able to handle 17th and 18th Century documents and decipher old texts.”

Student on the 2013 Sutton Trust Summer School

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