JL's subjects were the most stimulating and engaging experiences that I have had at UQ. POLS3201 (foreign policy of the great powers) especially, was a subject that I cannot imagine anyone else in the faculty having the ambition and commitment to bring into reality. It was a completely unique and compelling method of learning, it introduced me to a different side of the international relations experience and remains my favourite course ever.
Jean-Louis Durand is a very entertaining lecturer with a genuine passion for teaching and a sincere concern for each of his students. His teaching style is both unique and engaging, even though his French accent/manner of speech can sometimes be confusing. He is guaranteed to earn your respect as a lecturer, and if you are interested in the course material, he will always provide thought-provoking perspectives to even the most simple content. One criticism may be the phrasing of some of his essay / exam topics and questions, which can be confusing, but this is not a major concern as he helps students prepare for exams EXTREMELY well (no seriously, trust me), and welcomes any interpretation of his questions, so long as a clear argument is made.
That fact that I am doing this the day before a major exam is a perfect example of how amazing this man truly is as a lecturer. As well as being a renown desk jumper, Jean-Louis is just plain passionate about his courses, which is easily seen in both the lecturers he delivers, in terms of both delivery and organisation of the content. However, despite being a excellent lecturer it is his idiosyncrasies which rate him, in my books, as the best lecturer at the University of Queensland. I can still remember every week trooping in with the crowd to watch him sprint up and down the stairs to hold the microphone in front of one of the students who had a question, in a sort of spin off of one of those American talk shows, before replying EVERYTIME with "That's a very good question...." and answering the said question. The man was brilliant, at one stage he even brought all of the tutors up on stage to act out as different political ideologies and simulated a panel discussion between them and the students. Jean-Louis created a lecture where no one slept, if only because he would start screaming in French because he was so excited over the lecture content.
Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)
Excellent Content Delivery
Made Everything Entertaining
Was prompt in replying and gave every question asked of him a serious answer
Doesn't do all of my lectures
Is not the top rated lecturer in this site (WHICH IS A CRIME!)
Has probably broken a few desks from overexcited jumping on them
Funny, engaging and very passionate. Explains all topics helpfully with just the right amount information to help when studying for exams. Often stands on the desk, so there's that. Very helpful for first years who stuff things up.
I first had Dr Durand in my first semester with POLS1201. He definitely gave a great introduction to university and the field of International Relations. Durand allows the lectures to be exciting and uses comical means to explain points. It is clearly evident that he is passionate about international relations and displays it through his knowledge of the subject at hand. This was clearly seen during POLS2501, where he expressed his ideas and views on human rights issues. Overall, Jean-Louis is a great lecturer who contributed to my positive experience at UQ.