I'm not sure what compelled me to sign up for ENGL2020 exactly, but I did, and I stuck it out to the end of Semester. I think this was one of the most unnecessarily challenging courses I've ever taken. Class discussions are typically formed around very complex questions and dominated by particular groups of students, and are largely excluding of students who don't have the same level of understanding. With the constant pace of the course (i.e. the expectancy to read some large and often very complex novels on a weekly basis), it is hard to follow through from start to end. For the final essay, the questions were complex and again I feel unfairly so. Lectures were okay. Some of the guest lecturers were quite interesting. On the whole it was a fairly small cohort (the convener and one tutor ran the whole thing together) and for the most part there wasn't much of a support network/safety net behind the course. If you don't keep up with readings and take lots of careful notes and observations about the text, you will likely fail (or just barely scrape a pass) in this course. It is not easy. Also - not that this will be the case for the future but actually getting hold of copies of the texts was quite hard... And expensive!! The whole thing feels like a huge step up from a Level 1 course to a Level 2, where I've taken Level 2 courses before (including ENGL2060 and WRIT2120) and Level 2 courses in other areas including EDUC and MSTU courses and this is definitely a huge cut above them in difficulty considering it's only a Level 2. To go along with the amount to read in just the texts alone, there's a lot on Blackboard in their "course bibliography" and resources pages. The assessment in the Blackboard discussion posts was poorly explained - it was never really clear what was expected from this kind of assessment (there's no criteria for it, whereas in other courses like ENGL2060 you'd respond to a specific question). If I could go back in time I wish I had either known more about what the course would entail, and/or un-do doing the course.
Semester 1 - 2014
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Some interesting guest lecturers.
Wide range of topics/issues covered.
Generally, supporting resources are available despite the negative points given.
Limited support from course staff.
Very very content heavy
Complexity of discussion and the texts leaves certain groups of students behind.