Reshaping Environments

Bender, Helena

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This subject was incredibly broad. It didn't go into detail with many issues or topics. Though the lectures were, admittedly, quite long, they were also interesting. Much of the subject is learning critical and analytical skills for academic writing and as someone who had spent a while out of schooling before starting their bachelors, I found it to be very helpful in getting my writing and referencing skills up to standard to kick start my degree. If you feel comfortable with your academic skills then this is not necessary, however it is very interesting.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016

This subject does get a bit boring at times, the lectures can be especially painful. However it is a really good subject to do for an introduction to critical thinking and systems thinking which is useful for other subjects down the track.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Introductory lectures were quite interesting but later became too specific and unrelated to link to broader issues tackled in the subject. Tutorials are very discussive and good for those who like to contribute. Overall subject was okay but at times tedious.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Lectures were awfully slow and boring, but tutorials were very interesting and served to build up learned concepts very nicely. Helena Bender is also a legend.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

This subject is mandatory and has a lot of very interesting content - it's (basically) about sustainability and critical thinking. It is fairly well run, is interesting hearing from so many different disciplines about the same problems. I would criticise that it needs practical application to the built environment/design disciplines as they have made it a core subject in the Bachelor of Environments - in the 2015 format it ran more like a science unit, and we do need more 'sustainability/green design' education. You will get better grades and more out of the content by engaging with it, staying up to date with lectures and readings.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

a really enjoyable subject as long as you go to the lectures and do the readings. without doing the readings you will be very lost in basically all the tutorials and assignments. The major group assignment was challenging for some people who got bad groups, but if you can suss out at least one person in your group that you can get together with to work on it with for a few days it isn't that bad.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015

Not a great subject - Took governing environments in the same semester which kind of dismissed the idea of food miles which was a big focus of one of the assignments. Representative of broader problems with the subject. All very broad, long, obring lectures, tutes where no one talks and assignments which are really vague. Some aspects were ok, but overall not a great subject. Core subjects should be way less vague.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

The purpose of this subject was unclear for a lot of people, as it was brought across quite poorly and a lot of the concepts weren't tied together very well. Some of the lectures were quite boring and often unnecessary for the assessments, which were all quite awful. Aside from that, some really interesting topics were discussed in readings and tutes, and the subject taught the systems approach well.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2014