Although academics play a huge part in a student’s university life, the social life of a course is an integral part of a student’s livelihood in general. This is because socialising is an important aspect of survival and enjoyment, especially for a young person who is probably living alone for the first time. The social life in different courses usually have their own stereotypes and shouldn’t be judged based upon those pre-existing biases. However, they can mainly be predicted by the following factors.
Study time is probably the most tangible and universal of factors that can affect a courses timezone. Study time can probably impact a courses social life in two main ways.
First, study time can make the students of a course less sociable. This is apparent in courses such as Medicine where students are required to allocate massive amounts of their time to independent study. Usually this does make students less sociable but there cases such as UCL Medicine where students of the Medicine course get together and empower each other to graduate together.
Second, study time can make students more sociable. This possibility itself has two potential scenarios; lots of study time or less study time. In regards to the former, lots of study time for courses such as engineering require students to work together. This allows time for bonding and helps social life bloom. On the other hand, the latter just allows free time to its students. The students can basically pursue whatever they want due to not being busy.
Stream of Knowledge
The stream of knowledge of a course to refers to the academic umbrella class they are categorised to such as the sciences, social sciences and arts. This might be the least credible indicator of the social life of a course but can give a bit of insight.
First, courses which are within the realm of the sciences are usually less sociable. This doesn’t mean they are completely desolate of human interaction but might have less time for it compared to other streams. However, courses in the sciences can also facilitate student bonding through rigorous group assignments.
Next, courses in the social sciences are probably in the middle in terms of social life. Courses in this stream usually have a lot of reading time but generally require lots of discussion with peers. This type of learning experience can lead to a colorful social life if utilised correctly.
Lastly, the arts are probably the most social of the streams. The arts themselves are ways to express oneself in whatever they create. Coupled with the necessity of being comparative in terms of creating art, the arts are an incredible course choice for people who seek an exciting social life.
Course Structure (In Class)
Course structures can be an indicator of what a social life can be in a course and this is seen from a few indicators.
First, the teaching mechanisms of a course can show how much students will be exposed to each other. Teaching through seminars and group projects usually promote social interaction and is a positive sign for a good social life.
Furthermore, studying hours can be seen from a course structure. This correlates with the first point where students can roughly calculate how much time they’ll spend studying from examining the course structure.
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