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Dr Jean-Louis Durand

Faculty Political Science
Courses Taught POLS1201, POLS2221, POLS2501, POLS3202
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Rating

Total average

94.9/100

Helpfulness ( 96.2 )
Clarity ( 93 )
Easiness ( 99.5 )
Approachability ( 98.2 )
Organisation ( 91.3 )
Availability ( 91 )

Reviews (6)

Anonymous
   
Dr Jean-Louis Durand 99.2

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.

Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)

pols3201

Positives No positive points
Negatives No negative points
Posted on October 29, 2015 8:42 pm
Anonymous
   
Dr Jean-Louis Durand 96.7

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.

My favourite lecturer, and I've had a lot.

Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)

POLS2221

Positives
  • engaging
  • helps extensively with exam prep
Negatives No negative points
Posted on November 9, 2014 3:33 pm
Anonymous
   
Dr Jean-Louis Durand 77.5

Engaging, quirky, passionate lecturer. His personal anecdotes made the content all that more interesting. First class lecturer.

Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)

POLS1201

Positives
  • engaging and passionate
  • personable
Negatives
  • disorganised lectures (probably because he is very busy)
Posted on July 21, 2014 9:07 pm
Ned Gordon
   
Dr Jean-Louis Durand 100.0

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)

POLS1201

Positives
  • Excellent Content Delivery
  • Made Everything Entertaining
  • Was prompt in replying and gave every question asked of him a serious answer
Negatives
  • 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
Posted on June 25, 2014 7:20 pm
Anonymous
   
Dr Jean-Louis Durand 100.0

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.

Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)

POLS1201

Positives
  • Energetic
  • Positive
  • Enagaging
Negatives No negative points
Posted on June 25, 2014 4:52 pm
Anonymous
   
Dr Jean-Louis Durand 95.8

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.

Positives
  • Very entertaining
Negatives
  • Will sometimes speak French in lectures
  • Hard to contact sometimes as he is very occupied
Posted on February 26, 2014 10:29 pm

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