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Power is a great subject for anyone interested in the power dynamics that control society and the individual. It is recommended to anyone undertaking a major in Politics, which I agree with, as it often draws upon key political theorists. The subject is heavy in theory, and sometimes requires heavy reading, however it is generally quite interesting and worthwhile. It is the most popular of the foundation subjects, and explores questions such as: - What makes us accept/acquiesce to power? - Who holds the power? - What is power? The answers explored are actually really thought-provoking and sometimes confronting. Most of the lecturers do a great job, and all of them are very enthusiastic about their topics.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

I found this subject engaging throughout some of the topics. I would not recommend it if you are not politically minded or interested in social theory - having experience in the area, I grasped the concepts quite well, but students not so familiar struggled. The most major criticism I have of the assessment is that the take home exam was poorly guided, as there was a lot of conflicting information going around regarding how it should be structured. There was also no feedback once grades were released. I have very mixed feelings about this subject, but think that it could be helpful for students who wish to expand their thinking on a theoretical level.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

it's a no from me

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

I was disappointed by this subject. As someone interested in politics, philosophy and sociology, the Handbook description made this subject sound amazing. It wasn't amazing, for three main reasons: - The content was incredibly disordered. There was very little flow and consistency between different topics, meaning you'd just wrapped your head around something, and then you did a complete 180 and moved on to something completely different. Also, because there were so many different lecturers, there was no consistent style to the lectures, meaning one week you'd get Too Much info from a lecture, and the next you'd get Nothing. - The lecturer for the Power and the Body unit made me want to die. She was so boring. Send help. - It was too theory-heavy, and yet somehow I still managed to learn nothing about Foucault (one of the main theorists) from the lectures. I wish that this topic had focused more on real-world examples of power, and then linked these to different theories, i.e. looking at Chinese Capitalism, and then examining this through the lens of Marxist, Foucault, geopolitics, etc., instead of presenting some of these things (i.e. economic power and power over the body) as separate units. All in all, I did learn useful stuff from this subject, but was it worth it? Probably not.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Given that completing an arts foundation subject is compulsory, this is not a bad one to choose. It offers a taste of a range of other disciplines including anthropology, politics and media, many of which were interesting. Its biggest flaw is that the overarching theme of power only barely ties together what is essentially 12 weeks of random content. Plus, it often felt as though lecturers were forcing non-existent connections between the subject matter and power. But this is probably true of all foundation subjects so overall, I'd still recommend it as an interesting foundation subject.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016
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