POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect82.1
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.
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect71.4
* 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 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.
* 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.
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect74.3
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.
POLS2222 – Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect97.9
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 2 - 2014
Bachelor of Arts / Peace and Conflict Studies
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No, Lectures are well recorded and much consideration is given to accessibility