I'm currently studying criminology in Monash University Clayton Campus
Positive aspects: It has a wide variety of criminological aspects that we can delve in as a student and the lectures have been informative and quite succinct making it easy for people to understand whats going on.
Negative aspects: The tutorials are usually very bland, I've currently been doing 2 years of criminology units and almost all of the tutorials consist of answering questions from the articles we have to read beforehand, and sometimes these articles does not give any relevance to the topic we are learning this week.
My advice to future students - To choose your units carefully when picking criminology. Some of the criminological units can be biased and favours women and sees them as weak and sees 'white man' as the enemy, but some of the criminological units that i have the fortune of choosing can be great and gave you more insight to the criminal justice system
-International oppertunities like study tours abroad and internships overseas.
-amazing staff who are knowledgeable and successful in there own right
-great facilities/modern campus
-great range of subjects on offer
-location was very far from the cbd
My advice to future students is:
It helps to have some sense of direction otherwise you can easily get distracted with the breadth of an arts degree.
Positives were the subject content and a few lecturers/tutors who were very engaged and helpful.
Negatives was lack of guidance in terms of career paths, and future pathways.
My advice to future students is: Seek out course advice as often as possible/needed.
Positive : there is a lot of interesting information to learn and great teachers there for support. I honestly feel like I am being educated.
Negative : with arts you have to be willing to put in time and effort to actually get the most you can out of it. A lot of reading to put the pieces together.
My advice to future students is: If you decide to do a course, do it like you mean it
Positives: very engaging, quality curriculum, everything is posted online which is a necessity for me
negatives: travel times for me are long
My advice to future students is: ask themselves if that course really offers what they want
Positive- student subject selection is incredibly varied and diverse
Negative- arts faculty can be limiting in providing funding for students
My advice to future students is: To do your readings!
Positives: The University has a great reputation, is very well connected internationally (it has campuses in South Africa as well as Malaysia, as well as a study centre in Italy), and the academics that delivered the course were obviously great in their field. I learned a lot about the world and drew a broad education from the degree.
Negatives: Career prospects within the field (International Relations) are limited and there is no real pathway into the field through the course. It felt a lot like the university just wanted to attract as many students as possible with no regard for their career after graduating.
My advice to future students is: A piece of advice I would offer future students would be to consider doing a double degree, pairing international relations (or any Arts major), with another degree in a more in-demand field, most likely STEM.
Positive: I gained a lot of likeminded friends on campus and enjoyed the campus atmosphere. It's a small campus with a smaller student than the larger campus in Clayton, so it's a bit easier to get to know people there. I also enjoyed the variety of electives offered, especially how many languages were on offer.
Negatives: I don't think the university provided a lot of support. The course advisors weren't capable of giving accurate advice on what direction to take my studies if I wanted to increase my career opportunities. There also weren't many links to industry and as a result now I'm not working in the field, and I'm not sure I ever will.
My advice to future students is: Join a student club or society, as it's the best way to meet friends and enjoy your time at university. I know people who studied at other institutions and didn't engage with the campus life, and those people found the 3 or 4 years they were studying difficult. If you enjoy your time at university you'll be more productive in your studies as you have a more positive view of university. I would recommend Monash in particular as I know it's vibrant.
The positives is that I get a lot out of my major but I wish that I felt that way about the overall course. I feel like a lot of the electives are just filler content
My advice to future students is: Don’t stress about your atar, focus more on finding something you love
A positive aspect of the course would be how broad it is. As an indecisive person, I found it important to ensure I wouldn't feel 'boxed' into a certain subject or area.
With arts, I'm able to pursue many aspects of my interests like Politics and Cinema.
A negative aspect would have to be the Arts faculty cuts which have occurred to my university. The contact hours are minimal due to online lecture recordings which means uni has just become a chore rather than an investing, hands on educational experience.
There is little to know teacher-student interaction. There isn't even much student to student interaction.
My advice to future students is: I would firstly say that, with a bachelor of arts, you definitely get out what you put in. Depending on where you go and the learning structure does matter and have an impact, but ultimately you can respond to any hurdles uni throws at you.
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