POLS1701 – Introduction to International Inequality & Development79.3
(I took this class in Semester 1, 2018. The option isn't there in the drop-down box so I'm writing it here)
Wow wow wow, last semester a friend of mine ravedddd about this course and said I should do it if I had the chance and I'm so glad I did! Definitely my favourite this semester, perhaps even for my first year.
Super interesting, profound, compelling topics and concepts, the readings were not boring at all, I loved the variety of authors from the reading list in terms of identities, perspectives and how some were from different times in history
I had a small grasp on the concepts of development pre-POLS1701 just from my personal readings and stuff, but it was very abstract and all over the place. The concepts were not new to me at all, but POLS1701 is amazing for putting them all in place (especially particular events like industrialization, colonialism, the Cold War, decolonization) in a timeline and to show you how it all fits together and how these events and frameworks came together and impacted history to make the world what it is today. The after lecture discussions are a really great idea!!! So many of my other lectures are super boring and does not ask for any engagement. It really helps you think actively and consistently and not letting the entire semester merge into one giant fuzzy memory of screens and yawns...
I found everything really easy to absorb, but maybe the information isn't so easy for everyone else to understand? I knew a couple of peers who were a little sheltered and just didn't "get" the relations and history between the Global North and South and that..... it still affects society today? Literally had someone ask why we read about the trans-Atlantic slave trade because it "doesn't matter anymore"........ but whatever u do u I guess
Maybe it should be a second semester course just for those who joined at the start of the year unlike me, a mid-year intake, because you need a few prerequisites not in terms of shmancy academic stuff but you do need to understand that the world operates BEYOND your neighbourhood/Australia/The Western World
NEGATIVES: I had a lot of trouble understanding the essay questions... I feel like it was really simple but also really complicated at the same time? I've noticed in my other lectures we would have an entire lecture dedicated to breaking down the major assignment and talking about expectations, tips and tricks, what not to do, etc, not about "how to structure an essay", but specifics about the essay questions. I guess for me it was because it was difficult to identify which/how many of the lecture topics / readings were related to the essay question
Content can be super heavy and traumatic sometimes, especially if you're POC or originated from formerly colonized countries. Noticed it was a bit difficult to talk about for some folks in the class. Readings include graphic description of abuse of slaves in the sugar plantations of Caribbean, mass famine in India, indentured servitude, poverty, general suffering, etc. It's about inequality man......... it's just sad as shit all around
Overall a super inspiring and insightful course!!!!!!!!! 10/10
Long Long Ago!
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
No, but super handy. Just get it from the library if you\'re cheap like me
Super profound, compelling, interesting, insightful content
Readings aren't fucking boring
Heloise for President 2020
Ppl in the class get weird talking about poor people
Ppl in the class get weird talking about brown people
POLS1701 – Introduction to International Inequality & Development55.6
As a preface, the content of this course is extremely interest, and I am grateful for the guided exposure to readings this course provided.
Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of having Heloise as my tutor, as well as lecturer. The one positive I may say of her is that she is able to read. She continually implored that we think critically about the information and the narratives we are taught, and yet she chose to shoot down discussion if it did not emulate her own opinions. And on the point of her opinions, these were typically word for word taken from readings.
The course is taught not as a Political Science course but as an introduction to university level reading comprehension.
The exam was easy enough to prepare for and her marking seemed fair, but this course is not worthwhile if based solely on my learning experience with Heloise.
Semester 1 - 2017
LLB/ Arts (International Relations Extended Major)
POLS1701 – Introduction to International Inequality & Development76.4
This course has been one of the most inspiring courses I have taken. I was blown away by the perspective and the reality that I had never seen until doing this course. I would suggest this course once you have done a course like POLS1301 or POLS1201 because despite being a course without prerequisites there is a lot of assumption of knowledge on about political ideologies.
Week by week work book is pretty easy as long as you have read or even skimmed the readings, so easy marks. Tutorials are really helpful and there is a lot of explanations about the assignment.
The final exam is easy if you look at the past exam paper and pick like three topics to practice you will be more than fine.
POLS1701 – Introduction to International Inequality & Development55.7
Firstly it is a great subject that gives great insight to problems the world faces today however I felt the lecturer did not really take the time to prepare for the lectures. If you do the readings you do not have to attend the lecture as all the lecture slides were literally copied and pasted from the readings word for word onto the slides. The lecturer does not go in depth at all to explain anything other than repeating the readings. The tutorials are great though as many discussions occurred that gave great insight to the weeks topic and many different view points. The textbook is not necessary for purchase as all readings are provided online.