Hi there, my name is Justin and I am double degree student in ANU (Bachelor of International Security / Bachelor of Economics). I am currently on exchange at Exeter!
I am currently taking 4 courses in Exeter while on exchange. Here are four courses that I currently take and what I think about them:
Course 1: America in the World
AitW is a second-year course taught in the Social Science and International Studies department at the University. At the time of writing this program review, I am in my second week of classes and so far, this is my favourite subject. The lecturer, Doug Stokes, is really interesting and uses anecdotes to make the material more informative. The subject is taught in a seminar style, with a class size of around 30 people. The synopsis provided on the Exeter website explains, ‘America has shaped the modern world but is its influence declining and if so, what does that mean for international relations? In this module, you will examine America in the world, the nature of its foreign policy, its role in world order maintenance and how it can respond to possible decline.’ The material covered in this class is not dissimilar from information discussed in international security classes at ANU. This counts as a List A subject towards my international security degree.
Course 2: American Politics
American Politics is a second-year course taught in the same department as AitW. So far this subject has been very informative for me – someone who was not very knowledgeable on the topic of American politics prior to this. The first two weeks have been ‘setting the scene’ – explaining the Constitution, the difference in Democrats and Republicans etc. The synopsis provided on the Exeter website explains, ‘In this module you will learn the origins and nature of the American political system. We will focus on such topics as the content, power, and rationale of the US Constitution; the structure and operation of Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy and the courts; the varying roles of intermediary organizations such as political parties, pressure groups and the news media, as well as the factors that help explain the public opinion and political behaviour of Americans.’ I picked this class because I felt that, being such a popular topic of discussion, it would help to understand US politics. This subject is an elective towards my international security degree.
Course 3: Start-up entrepreneurship:
Start-up entrepreneurship is a class taught in the business school at Exeter. The business school provides a brief synopsis for the subject, ‘Students will learn first-hand how business opportunities present themselves, how they are identified, and what action is needed to capitalise on them.’ So far this subject has been interesting – looking at several entrepreneurs in a variety of circumstances and analysing their motivations, their methods and their values. This subject does not have an exam, but does have an essay worth 70% due later on in the semester. Start-up entrepreneurship is credited as CBEA1900 First Year List 1 Elective (maximum of 36 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses).
Course 4: Organisational behaviour:
Organisational behaviour is also taught in the business school at Exeter. This is probably my most fun class because basically all the exchange students do this subject. The module looks at the culture within organisations and the ways in which culture manifests itself in the productivity of the organisation. The business school provides a brief synopsis of the subject, ‘Organisational Behaviour (OB) is an interdisciplinary field of study, which explores individual, group and organisational behaviour and the impact of individuals, groups, organisations and society in creating, shaping and controlling behaviours. The managerial viewpoint seeks to understand behaviour in order to manage more effectively and, hopefully, more ethically – understanding the fundamentals of behaviour in organisations enables better practices to be developed and implemented.’ Organisational behaviour is credited as MGMT2007 (specified credit).
I found it hard to apply for subjects, especially being in a double degree because they house you into one school (for me this was the business school), and then they only processed my subject choices for international security once I’d arrived at the university.
By this time, the subjects I wanted to do were full and I had a few anxious days where I was only enrolled in only one subjects. Although I ended up being approved into the subjects I wanted to do, university was already in its second week. My advice to anybody coming to Exeter University would be, to try and only do subjects from one college unless you feel confident that you can catch up the work.