Positives: I like the flexibility of having majors at macquarrie, and that you can kinda do a degree more suited to you. At least within social sciences, there is a focus on every social science
Negatives: the location of macquarrie
My advice to future students is: go for it, and if you don't like it do something else!, just decide before census date, or before your 3 years into your degree!
Positives: Very open with lots of different majors to choose from along with the opportunity to choose a second major from anywhere in the university (lots of options). The freedom of an arts degree with the push towards employment. Very helpful with introduction to university life and an help in all forms.
Negatives: Some of the compulsory, non-major related courses are very general and dry.
My advice to future students is: A very good degree to help make up your mind with where you want to go. Lots of majors to choose from and swap to.
Positives: The course goes into great detail in developing skills in research data collection, analysis, and publication. In first year, you are introduced to social science broadly, and acquainted with the tools you'll use in the field once you've graduated. This focus of this introductory unit sets you up for the rest of the course really well, and provides a roadmap for where you can expect to go throughout the degree. The course is engaging, and provides real-life application of the processes it teaches. This allows for students to properly develop the relevant skill set required for them to succeed in their career.
Negatives: The course tends to be a little poorly organised regarding required classes. At the beginning of the year, the second and third year required subjects were changed, and now it is July 15, two weeks before semester begins, and the unit guides have not been released.
My advice to future students is: Attend all of the lectures, and stay for the FULL TWO HOURS. It may be tedious and sometimes it drones on a little bit, but there is a lot of valuable information in what is being said. Also, the tutorials are a great way of networking and meeting other people who are in the degree, which is incredibly useful in later years.
Positives: My course outlines the basics and helps build a great introductory foundation into the world of sociological research and political science. As someone who started out simply with the interest in studying humanity, international relations has completely expanded my understanding of societal systems and the function of governments.
Negatives: The negative aspect of my course would be its brief introduction to Australian politics. As an international student that has not acquired enough basic knowledge of Australia's history in political actions, studying it was basically a crash course within 6 months. This was really challenging as the Australian system is way more complicated compared to what I am used to.
My advice to future students is: Read up and educate yourself on the various units you're getting yourself involved in. Do not be complacent and go to your lectures.
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