Social Inequality and Social Policy
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The previous reviews captures it perfectly. Shaun is such a genuine and lovely guy (who is obviously super passionate about his field) - however, he did go off on tangents in the lectures! We were often a few weeks behind, and as the final exam is worth 60%, it did cause a little stress. Readings are not crucial - and I managed to get a HD without touching ANY of them. The assignment was super easy - you are literally given questions and provided sources (felt like a high school activity). The 60% exam is daunting, but Shaun hands out a detailed study guide and there are plenty of past papers. Overall, a pretty easy breezy unit. (However, note that Shaun will be restructuring the unit in 2020 so some things may change and the past papers may not apply anymore...)
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019
This subject has interesting content and isn't too difficult. Previous reviews say it well, lecturer gets off on tangents easily and we ended up behind in aspects and glossed over some content. This put tutorials out of sync and ahead of the lectures, leading to confusion. Assessments are a bit frustrating as they took alot of time for little marks. The policy brief was set with no guidance by the tutor or lecturer of what a policy brief is, and then students were marked down for not writing it correctly. Given that it was only worth 15%, it took a significant amount of time. As did the class presentation worth 10% and the tutorial workbook (which we didn't even do in the tutorials past week 3) worth 5%. Exam was straightforward and relatively simple. Just stressful being closed book and worth 60%. Overall though, a good subject.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018
The content was applicable to real world. Tutors and lecturer was attentive and friendly. Assessments were easy and minimal. Lecture also provided weekly notes which was helpful
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
This unit didn't speak to me on a spiritual level. Simple assessment structure, super easy exam (classic sociology), hands-on tutorials and friendly teaching staff, but the first half of the unit was very theory-based and consequently a huge yawn (also classic sociology). Also, the lecturer was apparently incapable of being succinct so we spent a lot of the unit two or three weeks behind schedule which made it literally impossible to know where we were going or what the heck was going on content-wise??? Legit.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015
Shaun was great, really flexible. Laid back unit, 2 assignments and an exam. Really interested and contemporary unit