POLS1201 – Introduction to International Relations74.6
This course incited my interest in political science and international relations spectacularly. I took a keen interest in politics before, but I've truly become immersed in this world of POLSIS.
And that's simply because this is a fantastic course, with a fantastic lecturer and (in my case) a fantastic tutor. The course content is incredibly interesting, though some people may find the incessant focus upon ideologies and theories within the readings somewhat tiring. I know I sure didn't; being handed multiple lenses of which I can observe current international affairs was something I truly enjoyed, as I was discovering a multitude of answers to my questions.
The tutorials are a must. Not only because turning up to at least 10 of them and participating in discussion/notes gives you a whopping 30 marks to your final grade, but because the tutors really are very helpful. You also get a comprehensive rundown of that week's content, if it somehow didn't stick with you in the lecture/readings.
I would also strongly recommend watching or attending the lectures. While yes, Jean-Louis has a thick french accent, and yes, he occasionally jumps up on tables and exclaims in the middle of his sentences, the conviction and presentation of the content in the lectures is phenomenal. There were times where I would be completely consumed by his explanations of the atrocities of humankind, and the solutions we devise to deal with such atrocities. Great lecturer.
Additionally, this course isn't overwhelmingly challenging. It's a great introduction to International Politics that doesn't ask the world of you. It does have a final exam and a major essay, but so long as you know your stuff and study for a little while, you'll be fine.
If you've got even a slight interest in politics or international relations, I would implore you to enrol into this course.
POLS1201 – Introduction to International Relations80.7
As someone who isn't really into politics, I found it quite interesting to learn more about the world in general from a political point of view. The course has changed my mind about international politics and the content is shaped around current events. Having Jean-Louis as both a lecturer and tutor, I found him to be very enthusiastic and passionate about the subject. He does try his best to make politics interesting to all students even if he may stray from the topic at times.
In terms of assessment, the minor essay was probably the easiest especially with an entire lecture and tutorial dedicated towards it which helped me a lot with getting it together in just a week. However, the major essay, despite being 40% or something towards the overall grade, was not even covered during the lectures or tutorials. Help was only provided if you asked for it and though that may be good for some, I feel like it should be covered for something that counts towards your overall grade. The final exam was very similar to past exams online and the final lecture provides you with all the topics that will be on the exam so it's easy to prepare for.
Semester 2 - 2014
Bachelor of Arts
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Yes - but not the Global Politics one
Lecturer makes the subject bearable despite trailing off a bit at times.
POLS1201 – Introduction to International Relations64.7
Took it as an elective. Tutor (Chris) is awesome and made tutes really fun if slightly unproductive. Jean Louis is fun for the first lecture (maybe) - it's cool to see a lecturer stand on a table I guess. However, he is a pretty unclear lecturer, and his rambling style made it impossible to concentrate in lectures - stopped going after week three. Luckily, the slides are pretty complete, and the textbook has what the slides don't (also wikipedia is your friend). Assignments were a bit of work but not too bad overall. Marking rubric is vague. Guidance for each of the assignments (that require a solid amount of time to write) was given a week before the assignments were due - not enough time to write a solid quality essay for some.
POLS1201 – Introduction to International Relations71.3
Very interesting, relevant course. JL is a wonderful, if occasionally absent-minded, lecturer. However, the marking discrepancy between tutors and dramatic increase in difficulty between the minor and major essays was disconcerting.
POLS1201 – Introduction to International Relations94.7
A very interesting and engaging subject. Disregard what the other person said about the lecturer, they are clearly misguided. You leave the course feeling like you actually understand something about politics and the exam is a fair assessment of this knowledge. The lecturer, Dr. Jean-Louis Durand, is a very insightful, energetic and engaging teacher who makes the course fun and intriguing and will (as was mentioned before) stand on desks, or duel with invisible gladiators to make his point clear. Definitely worth it. However, and you'll find this with POLS1301 as well, nothing makes the majority of the readings bearable, they are mostly boring and dry.