Took this course as a filler for my English major which was definitely a bad decision. The content is in no way intellectually stimulating or even interesting. The new coordinator Dr Lindop spent the entire lecture reading from her script that either said exactly what was on the slides or was in no way connected to what was being presented.
Even though lecture attendance isn't highlighted as compulsory within assessment, she takes a roll and uses this to mark your participation. You are also required to complete weekly readings and viewings in order to post weekly onto the Discussion Board to receive full participation marks. The in class presentation is very straightforward and an easy pass if you do exactly what she asks. The final essays, however, are marked very harshly for no apparent reason. Speaking to my peers almost everyone received a mark around 2 grades lower than their standard without any reasoning or advice for improvement.
This course might be interesting for international students who want to learn more about basic Australian pop culture but watch out for the stupid marking.
Sem 1, 2018
Semester 1 - 2017
Is lecture attendance necessary?
no but attendance is marked for participation score
As somebody else has previously mentioned, our tutor also marked down everyone who used the word icon. Marking from our tutor was very hard. I generally receive 6s and 7s for my written work in most of the other humanities courses that I have taken and was lucky to receive a 5 in this course. From discussing with my peers, they also seemed to share the same feeling that their work was particularly harshly critiqued. The content's fine, just don't expect for it to be an easy ride if Robert Hogg is your tutor. Go Melissa for sure.
Interesting course overall, exploring many aspects of Australian Popular Culture from movies and music to drinking, gambling and sport. The few guest lectures have been informative and interesting. The convener is helpful. Assessment is relatively straightforward (two essays and attendance/participation marks), though they seem to crack down on unusual things and are very picky about referencing details. Each week there's some kind of audio/visual text (film, TV show or documentary) to watch as well as a reading and you must post to the Discussion Board for your tutorial on Blackboard (marked toward attendance/participation).
Tutorial discussions were productive and well-directed. I feel the tutorials were a little short. 1.5hrs would be great. The course seems to attract a high enrolment from international students interested in learning more about popular culture in Australia although it also forms part of some English and history degrees' program electives as well (I took it for my English single major).
I can see why some people would feel that it may be a bit of a "filler" and easy to just grab a pass and go, however, the course is still thought-provoking all the same.