History Department Response to Student Feedback
HSTY2009 - Black Experience in the Americas (2003)
Unit Coordinators: Prof Shane White White and Dr Clare Corbould
When asked if they were satisfied overall with this unit of study, 97% of students either ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed.’ To quote the students:
- “The most informative and interesting course I have ever participated in!!”
- “It was challenging, but I felt that the very high standard expected brought out some new skills in me.”
There were some specific concerns that I will address when the course runs again in 2004.
I will provide outlines in advance and link clearly the material to the themes of the course.
I will review the reading as several students said that it is higher than for most units.
As in 2002, many students liked the longer essay (4000 words) as it allowed them to develop their analytical and writing skills. The essay synopsis, which I introduced in 2003, seems to have worked well with many students commenting that it helped them to write their essays. Then again, several students were dissatisfied with such a large assessment at the end of the semester with no tutorial paper. In 2004 I will introduce a tutorial paper due in the first few weeks of semester to ensure that students receive formal feedback before the essay is due.