70115: Perspectives on Law

Out of the first year, introductory law subjects, perspectives was definitely my favorite.  Whereas LM&R was fiddly and awkward, Perspectives let us explore random philosophy and history, totally my type of nerding up.

Our tutor/seminar leader or whatever they are called was George Tian.  His English was accented, but he was hands down one of the best teachers I have ever had.  He worked hard at trying to inspire us and include everyone in conversations.  He was awesome.

Just a bit of a side-note: this is the first seminar-style class I’ve written about, so a few notes.  Always read the tutorial questions before class/before you read the readings (if you do).  It’ll help you frame your argument.  If you can, do some readings, you don’t have to do all of them, but try to read the ones from the main textbook at least.  The more you read the easier the subject will be.  In class, when you talk, try not just argue with logic/moral instinct.  Try to argue with reference to what you have read.  This does not have to be limited to specified readings.  If you whip out a few outside references — which is easy to do in a subject like perspectives, which is awesomely philosophy based (make sure you read Kafka‘s “the Trial”, it is awesome to quote in almost all of the philosophy/non-historical perspectives seminars [UTS LibraryAmazon]) — the tutor will be very impressed, awesome for class marks.  Last, if you are going to do readings at all, do them before the class.  Otherwise, it will help you in the exam but not in the class mark, pity.

Back to perspectives though.  So, they offer you an essay to write.  I chose the one on Magna Carta, probably not the best choice ever.  This wasn’t my best essay, but I did well.  I did this one a bit too last-minute: this assignment requires too much reading to do in 2 days, give it a bit more time.  Enjoy (70115Asst)!

One more thing on the assignment: USE ENDNOTE! It is really easy to use and will save you hours.  The earlier in your degree you start using it, the bigger your source database will be and the less you will need to work on it later on.  The library has made it really easy to use, having an AGLC EndNote template already made up.  Don’t lose marks in your assignments for no reason by making silly mistakes in your bibliography.

You have to learn a lot for the exam.  Rather, you need to have a lot in your notes, and know them well enough that a specific question can be answered in detail from your head and the notes.  They also sometimes have stupid questions like “what was your favorite thing to learn in this subject” as an essay question.  This is easy as hell to answer, just write about a few of the bits in the subject that you know the most about.  My notes for this exam were quite good, here they are (70115ExamNotes).  Don’t stress in the exam, and pace yourself!

Disclaimer: all information on this blog is merely advice.
Before copy-pasting anything (not that you would), make sure to check out your university’s plagiarism policy.
Before you use my notes, remember, making your own notes is the best way to study.


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