I took this in semester 1, 2019. There wasn't a choice for it, unfortunately.
- Really good lecture slides. Very detailed
- Richard does a really good job of explaining concepts - this is good since Ethics can be a very complex field.
- Good assessment weighitng, which makes it easy to score highly. 2 45% essays, and 10% for tutorial participation + synopses.
- Good learning resources. Your textbook will serve as your bible, and it's extremely detailed. I can assure you that you'll use it for
all the assessment in this course.
- With two essays, comes a big word count. This can be both good and bad. It's good, if you can write easily. It's bad if you're bad at writing essays. Don't take this course until your 3rd year.
- This is a different course to your stock standard international relations courses. Theories such as cosmopolitanism/anti-
cosmopolitanism and nationalism (not in the POLS1301 sense) are explored, which can be good if you find it easy to pick up
content fairly easily, but bad if you don't pick up content fast.
- Richard doesn't upload slides until after his lectures. This is bad, since students need to know what will be covered during the
lecture so they can prepare accordingly.
Overall, a pretty good course. I personally would take it again, since it was pretty good. But be careful if you're thinking of taking it in earlier years.
Semester 1 - 2017
BA (International Relations, Public Policy and Philosophy)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Not necessarily - good if you like discussion, but slides are still very detailed.
Is the textbook necessary?
Yes! Literally your bible for the course.
Detailed lecture slides and textbook
Richard uploads slides after lectures, and can forget at times.