Positives: I feel like the course really provides the students with firm theoretical foundation to the area studied (I study Psychology and Sociology). The course and assignments really taught me how to think critically and how to express my opinions (arguments) logically. Also because there are a range of discipline you can study through Bachelor of Arts it really widens up the career pathways in the future. The staff were mostly really friendly too.
Negatives: There are LOADS of readings which I guess were fundamental to students' learning but it can be hard to handle all the readings especially with english as a second language and a few subjects demanding in depth understanding of the readings and course content at the same time. What we learn are also quite theoretical in basis so there are less practical knowledge and skills for students to enter workplace directly after the bachelor (this depends on the courses itself though)
My advice to future students is: ALWAYS keep up with the lectures and readings, if not in depth then at least the main ideas of it. Don't hand in work late as the late penalties are really not worth it. Bachelor of Arts is really about independent learning, there are not much contact hours and you get the most useful help from academic staff when you sesk it so don't be afraid to ask tutors and lecturers questions and go for consultations. Start doing your work early as a single Arts essay can easily take up like 25-50% of your total score. Research wise and read smart when doing research essays. (also for students in general - joining uni clubs are a good way to make friends that lasts throughout the uni years)
I majored in Psychology.
Positives: The course offered a lot of variety and is excellent if you want to start a degree but are not quite sure what you want to study yet. The Melbourne model has required breadth subjects that allow you to take on subjects from the other faculties (commerce/science) and gives you exposure to what those courses are like. The university is very amenable to helping you transfer between undergrads if that is what you desire and a lot of the subjects can be counted as credits towards other degrees.
Negatives: As a general degree, there are not many direct employment options without doing further study. It does open a few doors in corporate that merely require a degree to show analytical skills, but these are often options that you could work your way into without any study. To pursue psychology for example, you will need to undertake at least your honours before you are qualified for any jobs in the field. The Bachelor of Arts very much seems to set you up with a taste of everything, but I personally did not find this very useful finding work.
The University also is very much set up for postgrad study and that is where a lot of their focus and spending seems to be. While there is support for undergrad, you are very much one of many there and the university does not seem very willing to go out of their way to personalise study plans or be flexible if you have any mitigating circumstances.
My advice to future students is: I would ask students to consider what they would like to get out of their degree. If they are just enrolling to study because they feel they should and don't know what to do, keep in mind that this can be a very costly experience. While your fees can be deferred through HELP, eventually you could be paying off a substantial study loan that did not require.
Positives: The campus is beautiful and in a very central location. I really enjoy spending time at the uni in the grounds. The libraries are very useful and spacious. There are lots of open study spaces, both silent and not silent, making it a really good place to work.
The tutors I have had for my subjects have all been really easy to talk to and very approachable and knowledgeable. There is a huge range of subjects to choose from in arts and you are also able to do breadth subjects from other courses.
Negatives: Timetabling is a bit difficult and the Melbourne Uni student intranet is outdated.
A lot of key dates such as enrolment dates are also not listed on the site.
Some lecture theatres are a bit old but most of the class rooms are good.
My advice to future students is: Choose your subjects wisely and do things you are really interested in!
Positives: There are variety of humanities subjects that you can choose from.
My advice to future students is: Go for the subject that you are interested in but be aware that you would have lots of readings to read and essays to complete.
I love everything about the course, I just don't like the atmosphere or the people. I find it pretentious and cold. I also get worried I won't be able to find employment easily when it finishes
My advice to future students is: To join clubs and have a clear plan
The quality of the academics and the education I believe is at a very high standard.
The school is organised, the learning is accelerated and we are encouraged to work extremely hard to achieve high marks. The campus is beautiful and the "Melbourne Model" of breadth subjects has been amazing.
I've done Japanese, Art History, Aboriginal Art, Australian Theatre...
Negative aspects: the high standard expectation can be kind of crushing at times but there is a lot of support to deal with it.
My advice to future students is: Piece of advice I can offer is just general.. stay on top of your readings, prepare to go to lectures, GO TO LECTURES, spend as much time on campus as you can
Positive: Very experienced lecturers/tutors, nice location, interesting content.
Negative: Difficult to use IT resources (online readings, turnitin, lecture recordings etc.)
My advice to future students is: Make an effort, because it will go a long way.
Positives: allows me to try a broad range of subjects whilst still not being certain on what I want to qualify in. I also love the enthusiasm and support from my lecturers and tutors
Negatives: because it’s so broad you inevitably have to complete further study afterwards. Also most of the assessment is based on essay writing rather than any other form of assessment, which may disadvantage some.
My advice to future students is: Keep on top of the reading material and everything that the course offers in order to gain the most from the course
Positive: living on Campus makes the whole uni experience so much better since I’m surrounded by likeminded people who are very friendly and interesting.
Negative: I struggle to think of anything negative
My advice to future students is: Live on campus/at college if possible
Positively, it is a very flexible course with not a lot of contact hours (around 13 for first year). There area range of subjects available and breadth tracks allow you to study interesting subjects outside of your faculty.
Negatively, there is not a lot of guidance with assignments and you are thrown in the deep end a bit. But you get used to it and can eventually figure it all out for yourself.
My advice to future students is: Try your hardest but don't be discouraged by not getting H1's. They are very hard to get. Also, manage time properly and get assignments started early! You will get very stressed leaving everything to the last minute.
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