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POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect

Lecturer Dr Phil Orchard
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites None
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 2
Course Units 2
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Rating

Total average

81.4/100

Learning Materials ( 93.8 )
Learning Activities ( 83.8 )
Blackboard Management ( 100 )
Course Content ( 93.8 )
Course Structure ( 72.5 )
Contact Availability ( 68.8 )
Course Difficulty ( 57.5 )

Reviews (4)

Stephanie
   
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect 82.1

Pretty much echoing the last 2 reviews here.....really interesting course and great lecturer who is very knowledgeable in his field and gives very interesting lectures. My tutor was fantastic too. All lectures and resources are on blackboard so you can do fine if you have a timetable clash like I did.

But like the others have said, it is a VERY intense work load for a level 2 subject. I made the mistake of taking it the same semester I took two level 3 subjects and it honestly felt like I was taking 3 level 3s and it was a rough semester.

If you're looking for an IR subject where you will learn a ton and develop notes that will help you with many other subjects and will challenge you and be interesting, then take it.

But if you're looking for an easy 7 to give your GPA a boost, you won't find it here.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2015

Your program/major

LLB/BA

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on February 6, 2016 8:44 pm
Alex
   
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect 71.4

The Good:
* The course content is very interesting and varied.
* Course Coordinator is great about blackboard maintenance.
* One assessment task is a research proposal where you get feedback, so you get good essay guidance.

The Neutral:
* The Zanda exercise where you pretend to be an actor in a country at war/a member of the UNSC and negotiate with each other was just alright. It had a lot of potential as a cool learning exercise but 3 x 45 minute tutes just wasn't enough to really do it 'properly' and I didn't really get much out of it.

The Bad:
* Like the previous comment says, the subject is very reading heavy and the list of things you're asked to memorise for the exam is insane.
* At times, it felt like the whole idea of the course "Human Security" was never really defined, leaving you feeling a little like "why am I even doing this?'.
* I felt like the essays in this subject were very harshly marked.....and everyone I've spoken to has agreed. I got a 65% when I generally pull 80%+ for an essay task and I didn't feel my essay for this class was subpar to my usual work.

Not a horrible course by any means and while I did learn a ton, if I had my time over, I'd probably have picked something else a bit less intense.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2015

Your program/major

Bach of International Studies

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No, excellent blackboard maintenance.

Is the textbook necessary?

No, all required readings online

Positives
  • Interesting content
  • Essay feedback opportunity
  • Well maintained blackboard
Negatives
  • Very work/reading heavy
  • Zanda was a waste of time
  • Harshly marked essays
Posted on November 21, 2015 7:53 pm
Anonymous
   
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect 74.3

A really interesting course but also extremely work heavy. I feel this course demanded a lot more work than any other level 2 course I've taken and the reading level demanded was even more than some of the level 3 subjects I've taken. I also found it a bit difficult being expected to memorise a lot of details from specific readings because most courses don't ask for that.

That said, I'll reiterate that it was a very interesting subject, with a great lecturer, fun tutes and the simulation activity was a very interesting exercise. The powerpoint slides are always very detailed, blackboard is always up to date. You will learn a lot.

But since this site is used to decide whether or not to take a subject, I felt it was important to mention it was easily the most challenging level 2 POLS subject I've taken in terms of workload and what you're expected to remember in the exam (and everyone I've spoken to who has taken the course has agreed) so if you're looking for an 'easier' POLS subject for your IR/Peace and Conflict major, I'd pick something else. You'll also get a lot less hints about what the exam questions are, unlike other POLs courses which will give you lots of hints.

But if you do take it and do put the work into it, it can also be one of the best subjects you'll do at UQ.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2014

Your program/major

Law/Arts

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No. All on blackboard.

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Very interesting subject
  • Excellent Blackboard management
  • Great lecturer
Negatives
  • Extremely heavy reading load
  • Difficult exam
Posted on November 6, 2015 8:35 pm
Anita
   
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect 97.9

Excellent course. I found this course quite challenging as there was a high level of reading and discussion required. That said, all the students in my tutorial were provided with more than enough guidance and support throughout the semester. The lectures were engaging, the assessment was well-explained with thorough feedback provided, and the Zanda simulation was next-level. I would recommend this course for anyone taking an IR, or Peace and Conflict Studies major as It helps to have background knowledge on the United Nations and human security.

Semester taken

Semester 2 - 2014

Your program/major

Bachelor of Arts / Peace and Conflict Studies

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No, Lectures are well recorded and much consideration is given to accessibility

Is the textbook necessary?

no, readings are available online

Positives
  • accessibility of materials and lectures
  • interactive
  • interesting discussions and diverse participation
Negatives
  • lots of reading
Posted on November 25, 2014 7:27 pm

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