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    Mar 02, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I had a love hate relationship with this class. I also found it very interesting and engaging! He would have us get into groups during class. We were given states in our groups and then asked to identify the current status of the state, whether it was failing, in danger of failing or doing okay. He didn't take a traditional approach to political science. The first day we were there he had us imagine that we were in the zoo and compared the hierarchy systems of the state to a zoo. It created a vision of what political hierarchy was right away. The reason why I say I had a love hate relationship to this class is because I found it very challenging. It was a lot of work. There was a lot of reading, projects, tests and quizzes as well as a weekly discussion group. It was all worth it though because I found it to be a worthwhile and engaging class.

    Course highlights:

    I got to read Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity which was a great book. I learned a lot about the "slums" within India which I hadn't even known existed before reading this book. I also learned about different political systems such as dictatorships, republics and democracies. These are the aspects people generally think of when they think of political science but it was nice that it didn't stop there.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study guides and discussion groups are crucial to passing this course. Timothy moves quickly sometimes and it is a somewhat large class so you don't always want to ask questions. I think the discussion group was great for this. All of my questions got answered during discussion groups. Discussion groups are also quite a large portion of your grade so you wanna go to those for that reason too. This course involves a lot of definitions and examples so study guides are great for that. Sometimes they provide you with a definition and example sheet to use as a study guide. Take advantage of this because a lot of times the study guides are almost identical to the test. He doesn't try to trip you up.

    • Fall 2015
    • Timothy Pachirat
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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