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The course was extremely well taught, with a clear and exhaustively explained syllabus which was followed throughout. There are a very few infelicities of style and grammar but there was only one substantial error in the entire course which has since been fixed. That's pretty good for a first run through. I expect the new self-paced version of the course will be even better. The lectures and readings have obviously had a lot of thought put into them and they all cover their topics with a depth and breadth appropriate to an introductory course at this level. That said this is a topic that could easily be an entire Master's degree by itself so all the course does is lay a foundation. The instructors are as knowledgable and professional as you would expect from UCL faculty. They know their subjects and teach well. I was more than satisfied with the course but I can see where others had complaints. The first intermediate assignment was at least as much an introduction to legal and logical reasoning as it was an exam in IHL. An open book, unlimited time, multiple choice exam can be made arbitrarily hard. After that I thought long and hard about every question. The other intermediate assignments were less casuistrically phrased and much more forgiving. The final assignment essay was gnomically phrased enough that I didn't too very well in it though I can tell what they actually wanted after the fact from the brief feedback we got. I really enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it. If I were to offer some suggestions for improvement it would be to keep the instructor paced format over a self-paced one, send weekly emails explaining what's happening and what deadlines are approaching and de-emphasise the forums. The discussion was better than in the International Human Rights Law forums but that's saying very little. They could fruitfully be replaced by either more, earlier and more frequent peer assessment or self assessments of very brief essays, 100-150 words on a topic just after it's been taught using course provided rubrics. This works wonderfully in MITx's Challenges of Global Poverty course. My biggest annoyance in the entire course was the lack of a collated text or texts for revision. In UCL's International Law course all the readings and lectures for each week are available as one document. This is far superior to going through the transcripts and readings on the website. Please change this. I loved the course. You should do it.