The French Revolution
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If you're looking for a subject that is dominated by know-it-all students who did the Year 12 equivalent and won't dare question the lecturer because of his prestige, this is the subject for you. McPhee is a poor lecturer who goes on about irrelevant details instead of thoroughly explaining the content and events. His lectures have nothing but pictures on them which he says is because he wants us to summarise what WE think the most important aspects of his lectures are. But then in assessments, if you don't approach the question in a specific way the tutors want you to, or do not talk about a particular event, or do not use a specific set of evidence, then you're marked down a lot. On the surface there was a lot of "interpret the revolution however you want!" but if you didn't regurgitate McPhee, then you're wrong lol. At times it felt like the subject was geared towards people who already had some knowledge of the revolution because there were key events that were glossed over during lectures but would continuously come up again in debates and readings, despite us not having a solid understanding of what the event entailed. The tutors were great and their feedback was helpful. Though overall the subject was a disappointment.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019
Peter McPhee is the greatest history lecturer I have ever had. The tutes were also well-run, very closely connected to the lectures and readings and offering plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. The assessments were relatively straightforward (the research essay even gave you a list of readings to complete) although marked quite stringently. It was great to go into such depth regarding one of the seminal events of modern history, and the anedcotes/sidenotes that Peter shared with us made it all the more interesting.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
Very interesting and McPhee is a great lecturer. Relatively light load and the tutorials were real fun!