Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I absolutely love this course, and the professor is very knowledgeable and makes this course entertaining. If taught by another professor, the material could appear dry, but Dr. Kati is very knowledgeable, thorough, and exciting throughout each lecture. The material we cover is essential to learning the basics of European politics and society in our always changing world. We cover the history, and how it has shaped where we are currently at today. We also compare European politics to US politics to give us a better understanding how some things work.
How the European Union was formed, where it currently sits today, its functions, policies and composition. Individual crisis that effects several if not all European countries. Different countries and their point's of view on several issues. How governments work in various European countries and their correlation to the European Union. Oftentimes we cover hot-off-the-press European news and discuss that at the beginning of class as well.
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Advice for students:
I would say if you are new to politics (like I am), I recommend taking a basic political science course first. This is because some of the basic political science terms used in this course are not covered, but are already assumed you know some basics. This isn't to discourage you from taking this course; this is my favorite course this year. It does require a lot of reading and work outside of class. I recommend you keep up with the readings in the book and the ones posted by the professor online (Moodle); you will be fine. The material is very interesting, and the professor is very energetic, which really makes the whole class great! I highly recommend the course, but be aware if you are new to politics it is a little dense at times. There is a final paper (10-12 pages), and you will need to research and prepare beforehand. The paper requires us to choose two different countries, and to compare their politics, pros/cons, etc.