Positives: There is alot of room for critical reflection of the teachings. The teachings range widely but generally and very well informed in what they are teaching. Teachers are often able to help very extensively and there is a plethora of extra teachings, tutors, and general help you can receive as they encourage you to actively participate in these things as they want you to understand and comprehend what you are learning. The equity and diversity of each individual course as well as the entire course provides a good standing and allows each member of the courses to feel comfortable and apart of what they are learning. They are encouraging and have brilliant resources available for use.
Negatives: In the later years the expectation is higher than usual to complete studies without the extra help and assistance of teachers. It becomes slightly more cut throat as the job opportunities can be limited based on what job you are aiming for. Generally speaking the courses tend to drop off in terms of structure and resources. Some teachers are difficult to deal with and the course material ends up unable to be used as some teachers dont record lectures and expect full attendance at all times. The workloads can become intense very quickly and can overwhelm you easily.
My advice to future students is: Take your time to really learn what you are studying and put in 100% effort at all times. Don't be taken aback because you failed and just get up and try again.
Positives: Lectures were very engaging. Lecturers were charismatic and friendly and made it very enjoyable.
Negatives: Huge cohorts. Very theoretical. There was minimal opportunity for real world experience as a student. (Work experience). Which makes it very difficult to transfer the theoretical knowledge into demonstrable abilities.
My advice to future students is: Get as much experience in the field as you can. This will mean looking outside of what the university offers.
I'm majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in Gender Studies
Positives: This course is great for a number of reasons! One is that it allows you to try out heaps of different fields! In my first year of study I did subjects ranging from Biology to the Study of the Supernatural! I have also been given a lot of guidance and direction with the university and the specific schools providing mentor programs and frequent office hours for lecturer/tutors.
Negatives: I think that one of the only negatives about this course is that it involves a lot of essay writing which can get quite tiring. Also, because class sizes tend to be smaller there aren't often very many options for class times.
My advice to future students is: My advice would be to try out as many different subjects and fields as you can early on in your study, you have electives for a reason! Once you've done this though, I would recommend creating a study plan so you know what subjects you need to do and when. This means you'll be able to graduate on time with no nasty surprises.
Positives: It was very interesting and widened my view of social and global issues. The electives available were still quite relevant and I found that the discussions and assignments we did were thought provoking and made me smarter.
Negatives: Well, social science isn’t social work, so you’re kind of studying without getting a clear job qualification at the end. And the rooms the classes were in were all really spread out and there was a lot of jogging around.
My advice to future students is: Don’t be late to classes because the rooms are everywhere, and don’t fall behind on your readings! It’s a very written content heavy course and once you’re behind, it’s very hard to finish an essay with good sources.
I majored in Political Science.
Positives: Positives - The course was taught by researchers who were very knowledgeable and at the top of their field. The university was supportive and the course structure was easy to follow. The classrooms and infrastructure of the campus was of a high standard. The university has prestige (as one of the sandstones and G8) within Queensland. Good flexibility with subjects etc.
Negatives: There was a lack of practical components to the course - it was very theoretical. Although this is what you expect from an Arts course (mine was in political science) that is primarily teaching you how to think, it would have been useful to have some practical orientation towards career outcomes and potential tasks completed in real world jobs. In addition, some lecturers were obviously more interested in their research than in teaching and providing engaging and fresh lecturing content. Not all, but some.
My advice to future students is: Advice - Potentially combine the Bachelor of Arts with something a little more practical is set career outcomes are very important to you. Pick a path through the course from at least your second year so you end up with the major or study areas you want / that will get you a job. Make yourself known to all the lecturers so you know what addition opportunities there are and find out more about potential carers. Intern and take all practical opportunities the uni can provide. Do an exchange if you get the chance.
Positives: Very in-depth knowledge, good supportive environment and great opportunities for future and current students
Negatives: The price of the course
My advice to future students is: To do a course that you know you will love and are interested in, it will make everything so worth it
Positives: It provided the necessary skills for my future profession. I was equiped with the knowledge necessary to pursue a legal carer, as well as providing the opportunity to network with my future peers.
Negatives: There was nothing particularly negative about my course. Each person has their own difficulties within a course but there isn't one aspect that stood out for me.
My advice to future students is: I would advise students to focus on their studies. Tertiary education is a privilege not afforded to everyone, so those lucky enough to attend university should take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them.
Positives: The course material is very relatable to the real world and job prospects. I feel very prepared for a career in law, and the material is like nothing I've studied before
Negatives: At times the material can be very dry and seemingly irrelevant, but in the end it all works out
My advice to future students is: Make as many friends as possible and make the most out of your time at university. It's a great experience and you'll have the best time if you get involved in as much as possible
Positives: The course material is extremely interesting. It isn't content that you get taught throughout high school, or in many other degrees. Also, it has many real world applications; it gives an insightful and in depth analysis of society which is a opens a great new perspective upon society.
Negatives: The content is quite subjective, so essay writing can be hard.
My advice to future students is: If you are interested in learning more about society, the world we live in, and how everything operates, this course is perfect. It is the most amazing material I have ever been involved in, and it has motivated me even further to study harder, and get excited for my future career
Positives: Its a useful and competitive course that promotes interaction between each student and community
Negatives: It is a bit too competitive
My advice to future students is: Be friendly and hard working
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