History Department Response to Student Feedback
HSTY3073 - Nineteenth Century Germany (2004)
Unit Coordinator: Dr Dirk Moses
The students in the seminar enjoyed learning about German history. 91% of them said they were satisfied with the unit. Unusually, only 20% said the workload was too high. In their comments, they wrote, 'Dirk set a wide range of readings, and a lot of reading! He also went into background details and historiographical debates, which was all very helpful.' And: 'Quite a lot of reading, but necessary'. They also enjoyed the discussion, writing 'Dirk is a great lecturer great class discussion'. 'Dirk [was] always responsive to help, esp. with email communication'. Students relished the challenged of mastering unfamiliar material. Of my expectations, one wrote 'may be not too high, but a lot expected'; 'Was high but not too high'. Some students disliked a single, long essay as the main component of assessment, but other appreciated the opportunity to write a substantial research essay: 'Definitely helped regarding research skills, maybe not communication skills'. 'Further developed research habits/skills already gained'. Some students complained that discussion was hampered by those who said nothing and had not read the set material. I will continue to work hard to devise methods of encouraging students to read the prescribed texts each week. I will had an 'essay plan' worth, say, 20% to the assessment so that students are given feedback halfway through the semester. I am already doing this with other seminars.