I majored in Indigenous Knowledge, History, and Heritage
Positives: I have never been involved in such an engaging course. The tutors, lecturers, etc are all very passionate about the work they do and what they teach. The course is quite interactive and often involves excursions or walks around campus to study different aspects of the culture around us. I can't believe how much I learned in this course, and how little our people know about the Indigenous culture/history. It was a wake up call for me to involve myself in this course.
Negatives: Because some of the lecturers and tutors are so passionate, there can be disagreements at times or a lot of anger spewed about certain topics, which is to be expected. But if you are someone who gets easily emotional when you are called out on your behavior or given constructive criticism this may not be the course for you.
My advice to future students is: Spend as much time as you can talking to the tutors when the opportunity arises and participate in class. You learn so much more and the tutors respect you more when you make the effort and are interested in learning about their culture.
I majored in Law and Society
Positives: I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this course. The classes are engaging, both lectures and tutorials, and the lecturers and tutors are very helpful and understanding. The tutorials are largely based on participation from everyone because you read different cases each week and discuss what was done right/wrong, what could've been done differently, your opinions on the case, etc. You learn so much and a lot of the cases are recents cases used from America so it gives you an outside perspective of the law in another country.
Negatives: There is a lot of coursework so if you are not prepared to sit down and do the work, you will get behind very easily and very quickly.
My advice to future students is: Talk to your lecturers and tutors. A lot of them are very open about their own lives and are more than happy to work with you one on one if you are struggling.
I did a Psychology double major.
Positives: If you are in Psychology to do research then this is the course and university for you. UWA is very research focused which is why it is one of the top universities. You will have a lot of support from your tutors and lecturers and be able to create a great network if you put yourself out there.
Negatives: I personally am not interested in the research side of Psychology. I want to be working in the field and didn't realise that this course would be as research based as it was. The lecturers were boring and the tutorials held in the Psychology building made me feel as if I were being studied. It was an uncomfortable setting and a lot of the tutors cared little for their students. Participation in tutorials was necessary but it required a lot of busy work that I didn't feel helped me to learn about the field at all. The material used to teach how to hold a conversation with a client was dated by at least 35+ years. The way clients were approached then was too clinical and not a way that would be comfortable to approach clients now. A lot of the course was a mess, to be honest.
My advice to future students is: If you are not interested in the research side of the field and want to actually be working with clients, take this course at a different university. I switched to Curtin to study Psychology and it's the best decision I made.
I'm doing a psychological science major.
Positives: The course is very engaging and the tutors in a lot of the classes are very interested in having one-on-one conversations with students. They are good at connecting the course material to real life experiences which makes it easier to understand the material that you are learning.
Negatives: Depending on the tutors that you get, there can be a lot of busy work in the course. Some of it is quite beneficial, but it can be very redundant. A lot of the lecturers are also not very interested in in class participation, which can be good for some, but I find value in being able to ask questions and have discussion in class.
My advice to future students is: If you get to a point where you don't understand something, ask about it right away because it is easy to fall behind in this course and can be difficult to catch up once you're behind.
Positives: The course is Broken down to help Univeristy students to succeed in their studies.
Negatives: There are no negative aspects.
My advice to future students is: To focus and remind yourself that anything is possible.
Positives: I like the work associated with my major and have made friends in my broadening units. All of my classes are fairly close together and there are plenty of places to study and eat around the university
Negatives: I don’t like how I am forced to do some complimentary units that have nothing to do with my major, I just feel like this work is unnecessary and taking time from my other units
My advice to future students is: I would suggest that you make sure you are prepared to work hard before going to uni. It is also important to keep up to date with all of your work as it can easily become overwhelming
Positives: Get real life experience on pracs and the content is all so relevant to the job we will do at the end, teachers are really helpful and have so much experience to share
Negatives: Some assignments are a bit vague. Classes are spread out over week so some days only there for an hour
My advice to future students is: Research the job before you do the course, many people didnt realise what job requires before course
Positives: Interesting, some practical components, networks
Negatives: Some bad lecturers, some assignments not well thought out enough
My advice to future students is: Make the most out of opportunities to apply your knowledge
Some of the positive aspects of this course are: 1. You learn how to really assert yourself in the field of academia (if this is something that you're wanting to pursue); 2. Honours is a great taster for PhD; 3. You meet other like-minded people who are actually passionate about your major and; 4. You can say at the end of your degree that you've written a thesis paper! (It's a pretty amazing achievement!)
Some of the negatives are: 1. The pressure is intensive for a one-year course - if you are studying full-time, you must juggle not only your coursework but also your dissertation, which is primarily an individual responsibility; 2. You might feel as though you've been thrown into the 'deep end'. You are coming from undergraduate, which is quite general, to a course that wants you to be as specific as possible. This can be overwhelming; 3. The content you study becomes extremely advanced very quickly and; 4. An Honours cohort is not very big. If you are a very social person, who relishes in opportunities to make friends with others in your major, you will be disappointed with Honours.
My advice to future students is: If you are wanting to pursue Honours, make sure that you are actually doing it for the right reason. There is nothing worse than pushing yourself through a course that could possibly make you feel very unhappy. If you are passionate about your major, Honours is the best way to explore it with more of a specific focus. Make sure that your time-management and organisational skills are up to scratch. You need to prioritise your time effectively to conduct your research, write draft chapters to specific deadlines, juggle your coursework and assignments, and other activities in your life. Lastly, start your thesis early!!! This will give you heaps of editing time during your final semester, which you will be thankful for.
There are many positives of my course yet there are a few negatives that are more related to the university that I'm at.
The course is very rewarding and offers many services for me to use in my spare time. This includes lab materials and tools that I can use to make stuff that I desire. Most of the units I have completed have been very well run yet there are a few that have been very poor.
The layout and organisation of some units have been horrible, with the coordinator putting no effort into their course.
My advice to future students is: Get on top of your work and make sure you have a calendar with all of your due dates for work. No one will tell you when anything is due and this can result in you loosing lots of marks.
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