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The content is interesting once you get into it and a great skill to have in criticising world politics, but if you don't want 80 page readings every week, and a fuck tone of concepts to get your head around don't do it. Every week is a bombardment of new ideas that i have never heard of, and they expect you to pick it up quickly. Penny and Will do not know how to teach, they talk super academic in lectures and half the words that come out of their mouths i have never heard of. They also make questions super hard and everything hard in general. The weightings are also really bad - 50% for 1 assignment, 50% for 1 exam, so if you fuck up one your fucked.. Also with exam, you can't bring any material in so you are supposed to know all concepts well, plus examples to demonstrate, plus evidence from scholars quotes/ideas ect, and their fancy ass names to reference in the exam... Pretty much, if your not a nerd and have a life and have to work don't do this subject, because its a lot of work

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

THE WORST COURSE I HAVE DONE. For a first year subject, the content is extremely difficult. I took the subject in my third year as an elective, expecting interesting debate and content...however it is based on theory alone, with hardly any mention of any contemporary IR topics. Stephen was nice, but not very engaging as a tutor and the tutorials are a waste of time, with no one having done the readings and able to participate. Perhaps people would actually do the readings if they weren't 40000 pages long and dry as anything.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Average subject overall. The lecturer and tudor Penny was literally the worst tudor I've ever had, the way she spoke and engaged with the class was just horrendous.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

This subject is shit!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

Very theoretical and abstract, not at all about politics, diplomacy, current events. Although a first year subject, this is not at all suited for new students. The lecturers (Penny and Will) were great, but the subject is extremely difficult to grasp if you have difficulty with philosophy and abstract theory. Lots of heavy academic readings, but they will prepare you for the final assessments.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016
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