Positives: They provide us with basic ideas and theories in IR and the tutors are all willing to help us study
Negatives: They are all basic courses so they don’t lead to some specific jobs
Also I’m an exchange student and it’s going to be hard for me to find some opportunities to go to internship
My advice to future students is: They are really good courses if you start to work on IR studies
Also in Canberra we have lots of events on IR run by ANU
They’re really encouraging and I recommend participating in them
I'm doing this with a Bachelor in Economics as well.
Positives: For Economics, I think that some of the lecturers are really great at explaining concepts. For most classes we get sufficient preparation for exams through tutorial questions and assignments. For International Relations there are some engaged and innovative lecturers out there. One course that I am taking this Sem allows us to pick our own combination of assessment which is really exciting and different.
Negatives: For Economics, a lot of the tutors are unengaged and not particularly good at explaining. For International Relations, a lot of the compulsory courses are very similar in content.
My advice to future students is: If in the degree already: Look at SELT reviews before picking a course. Do SELT Reviews. Read up about the course and talk to people who have done it before when you are choosing courses (unless it is compulsory). If you are planning on studying at ANU: Do thorough research beforehand, talk to people about their experiences.
Positives: Very flexible and allows for advanced study options.
Negatives: Workload can be excessive and lack of direction at times.
My advice to future students is: For ambitious students who are interested in areas of studies.
Positives: I love that I get to get advice directly from actual top researchers
Negatives: Classes can be very demanding, some can be quite poorly run
My advice to future students is: Get your foot in the door, and figure it out from there. If you don't like what you're doing, switch.
Positives: The course peaks my interest in Psychology and challenges my ability to think deeper than what’s thought in the lectures
Negatives: The assessments could be overbearing at times.
My advice to future students is: Seek help from the science student central if u have any doubt about your course and speak to your lecturers and tutors if you have any questions
The course is too theoretical. It should be more industry focused and practical, relevant to current trends. I think there should be more case studies .
My advice to future students is: Look for an internship or research project in your field
The structure of intensive classes needs to be reviewed. Four days are not enough to know the subject at a masters level. For international students it becomes challenging to make friends, therefore it becomes lonely. The masters of program should follow a structure so that students get their grades before graduation and do not have to wait for graduation till next term.
My advice to future students is: Make friends online from other courses before coming
Positives: The student teacher ratio for arts courses are generally quite low compared to business school courses, this enabled me to learn better as the lecturers and tutors have more space and time to address our needs.
Negatives: As ANU is a research university, some courses are statistically intensive and the lecturers sometimes have a really hard time trying to explain these statistical concept properly, which does not help us content better.
My advice to future students is: Don't be afraid to go speak with your lecturers and tutors to clarify material and assessments. Take electives not for grades but for true learning. Do sometime that interest you !
Positives: Content can be interesting, if you give yourself enough opportunity/time to apply yourself to the assessment. The problem solving assignments are interesting. And you make friends easily because you are all suffering together.
Negatives: teaching quality is crap. Lecturers are mildly hopeless. tutors don't go over the weeks content, they only go through 'problem questions' which is really not that useful. You can't apply what you don't know. Keeping up with readings is literally impossible. Some compulsory courses are beyond boring. Marks are always super slow to come back and you have to study for five years and you don't even want to be a lawyer at the end
My advice to future students is: Don't do it unless you REALLY REALLY want to be a lawyer
Positives: In law, you have great lecturers, well structured courses, diversity in courses so it doesn’t seem like you’re always doing the same thing. In security again you have great lecturers and tutors, interesting courses, and the college of asia and the pacific is extremely helpful with any issues you might have
Negatives: The campus is going through major renovations so a lack of facilities at the moment is pretty bad. This will undoubtedly improve though. On a similar note, classrooms, lecture and exam halls are in short supply currently for the same reason
My advice to future students is: If you can’t get into law straight away due to star restrictions. Definitely come to anu in a lower entrance requirement degree. Once you’re here it is not difficult to transfer. ANU is a fantastic University in an extremely underrated city. Don’t count it out.
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