Subject: MULT10018 Power
4 Comments on MULT10018 Power
Very good introduction for social sciences majors. If you apply yourself in this subjecs, and focus on different theorists it will be a good grounding for concepts that can be applied in most other subjects throughout your B.A. Some of the readings can be quite difficult to get through (ie Foucault), but do perservere.
This subject is a jarring introduction into the arts faculty - super biased lecturers (the first week's reading is the Communist Manifesto, if that helps paint the picture), dry readings but the tutes are manageable if enough people are arguing to keep you stimulated. Nevertheless a good choice over the other Arts Foundations which I've heard aren't much better, particularly for politics/sociology/history students as you can use a lot of your existing knowledge to bullshit the assessments.
Power is a real introduction to the University of Melbourne - the readings are very academic and the lectures can make you drowsy, but the subject matter, once grasped, is extremely engaging and after the rote learning of high school, can make you really see the whole world in a new light. As the most popular of the compulsory first year foundation subjects, Power is a bit like a big wave to start your uni career off - get on top of the readings and make an effort to engage with the ideas and you’ll be up surfing in no time, but if you slack off and get dragged under, the subject can be a real pain.
(Note: compulsory for several majors) Look, it’s compulsory for a reason. If you’ve ever mention the acronym “CAS” around a Politics or Sociology major, they will in nearly all cases respond with a scowl and a world-weary sigh as they think back to a strange group assignment, lectures that make paint drying sound positively fascinating, and mysterious phrases that you memorise for the in-class tests and never think of again. If you’re thinking of doing this for breadth or as an elective, don’t. This is one of the two compulsory subjects for completing a Politics major (amongst other majors), and the bane of many a second year BA student (that and when the kale smoothie isn’t blended properly).