La Trobe's Philosophy department experienced a significant funding cut during Abbott's government and many staff members lost their jobs. 1 hour classes & lectures- which once took place separately- were now occurring simultaneously within 2 hour seminars. These seminars were highly informative and interactive, and the lecturers/academics were dedicated to their students and patient with their inquiries.
My personal experience was very positive. Lecturers made the time to speak with students outside the seminars, and organised one-on-one meetings with students, in which ample time was dedicated to addressing the students' inquiries.
The La Trobe Philosophy staff are collectively and individually adept in their fields, very well informed and personable. In my Honours course specifically, my supervisor would meet with me once a month to track the progress of my thesis.
The feedback and advice provided by my Professor was thorough, insightful and efficient. Though I struggled with the subject matter of my thesis, my professor's academic guidance resulted in me receiving First Class Honours in my Honours degree. I feel like I could have avoided some of the trouble if my supervisor had organised slightly more meetings with me. Having said that, the department would organise numerous out-of-class seminars for postgrad students to attend, in which we communally discussed the concerns and ideas of their own theses, and provided each other with constructive advice and criticism, greatly enhancing the understanding of our own individual projects.
This was an inspiring and non-threatening environment a vast majority of the time. There was one PhD student in our group who did speak to Masters/Honours students in a patronising manner. Lecturers would often attend these meetings and conduct oral presentations about various philosophical dilemmas and topics.
I felt incredibly supported by the members of La Trobe's academic department, though some topics/subjects were harder to grapple than others as lecturers would often assume that students already possessed background knowledge of certain topics- though this was not always the case.
I'd recommend this course to a friend.
Positives: Great fun
Negatives: Long time
My advice to future students is: STUDY
Positives: Professionalism of Tutors
Negatives: City Location
My advice to future students is: Try to attend class of often as possible
Positives: There was great support by the staff on hand at Albury Wodonga and I can't fault there job.
Negatives: La Trobe offers no support for there regional campuses, students often feel left out and ignored by the university and students struggle to find subjects to finish there course as subject options are extremely limited.
My advice to future students is: I would tell them to expect very little options of studying at the Albury Wodonga campus and the university it self offers very little in terms of variety.
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