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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
This course has been of great use for me. Since I graduated from Law School I’ve been quite lost regarding which area I would be working with. With the course, I became interested in improving my English ski... This course has been of great use for me. Since I graduated from Law School I’ve been quite lost regarding which area I would be working with. With the course, I became interested in improving my English skills and I’ve been considering working with human rights law, though I’m not sure how this actually works, but I’ll be checking it out. The platform is very easy to work with, the discussion sections and the exercises where very clarifying to me and it was very interesting to see other points of view from people from around the world. The structure of the course is incredible, although it involves a lot of different matters, it has been very didactic. Since the first lesson, it followed a logical sequence that made it easy to understand the nuances of the international human rights law. Finally, I would like to thank prof. Olivier De Schutter for the time spent on this course, for the UCL and edX for giving people the opportunity to learn about such an important matter as human rights.
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6/10 starsCompleted
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Mr. de Schutter is certainly a great professor. He has indeed made a great course and has a great resumee. Nevertheless, I am a lawyer and I think this, as my first EdX course, was too challenging. It took m... Mr. de Schutter is certainly a great professor. He has indeed made a great course and has a great resumee. Nevertheless, I am a lawyer and I think this, as my first EdX course, was too challenging. It took me about 4 months to take the course and I was still pretty behind. The final exam is only composed of 8 questions, 1 question for each section (not counting the endless subsections already included). It is almost impossible to get an acceptable grade if the answers are tricky and there is only one attempt for each question. If you get left behind, is really difficult to re read everything in order to answer the questions. If you don't have previous studies in this subject, this course is going to be too challenging. The 60% mark to pass is UNREAL, with 30% only composed by the final exam. This exam counts too much and the tests for verified learners do not show the explanation for the answers. Besides, most students do not even realize there is needed an essay to pass this course, with a different deadline than the end of the course. The essay is graded only by one person and no one else will check it in case you have any concerns about your grade. If your opinion does not match what their opinion is, you will certainly get a "poor" grade. If you are a non English speaker, it is even more time consuming because you need to re read a lot, check out terminology, etc. It is okay for it to be challenging but I think the questions are not designed for everyone to understand them. In reality, practice questions do help understand much more than the lessons. I would not recommend EdX verified courses unless you are already are an expert in the subject. To students, its preferable to get the knowledge and save the money you spent on the diploma. Sorry professor de Schutter, your content is great, maybe the platform or the learning methodology was just not right for me.
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