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POLS 136 Intro to Am. National Politics

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    • Profile picture
    Feb 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to take an introduction class into American politics. Before this class, I knew next to nothing about the political system in this country but now I have a general understanding and would feel confident to move up to the next level if I needed.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was learning the inner working of the different branches of government.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to read the books and ask questions if unsure about anything.

    • Fall 2016
    • John Shively
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Nov 10, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This was a required course for my degree, but I enjoyed it. I would suggest, if possible, to take this course during an election season. Whether presidential or senatorial the election season will make this class more interesting. I took it in the fall 2016 during the midst of the presidential election and learned a lot more about the topics we were studying because I could apply them to the current situation.

    Course highlights:

    During this course we read a book entitled "The Modern Presidency" in which we learned policies and implements that former presidents did and how it affects the president today. We learned political things through this book as well as non-formal things such as media presence and personalities of presidents. Other things we learned throughout the course related to the election season. We learned the number of electoral college votes each state gets in a presidential election, the number of seats in congress for the Senate and House of Representatives, and the political parties that held each office. Overall this course was very helpful in having a discussion and learning more about the way our current government system works and how it came to be.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    One thing I would suggest to succeed in this course is to read the books that are assigned. The books are a way to do the papers and help to understand the course material. The instructor allows late assignments but encourages us to do the work. He is very helpful to work with students and is completely for the students.

    • Fall 2016
    • Shivley
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions Final Paper
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    Aug 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I thoroughly loved this class when I attended MCC! Mrs. Lampi taught at a level that I could understand and always made it relatable to me, I learned so much at our governemtn and about the election from her. It was a great class I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a fun but educational class!

    Course highlights:

    I think the highlights of the class were the notes, she would have an outine of the notes that were needed for each test, and had them online so you could acces them for every lessons and have an automatic study guide for the tests. I learned so much about the admendments and freedome of speach through this class as it focused primarily on the American governemtn.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always be prepared to write the weekly summary papers that are due every week or ever two weeks, come prepaired to learn and to have fun. She's a great teacher and will help you in anyway she can!

    • Fall 2012
    • pamela lampi
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions

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