Pretty easy, overall.
I would highly recommend this course, because it is a political science class that, through UNL, is able to fulfill the general education requirement for science credit. I took this course to fulfill my science credit requirement for my major, because I'm personally not a very scientifically minded person and was looking for a science course that did not focus on hard sciences or lots of higher level math. This course is great for students needing science credit that do not have much, or any, math or science experience and expertise. The course was very straight-forward, interesting, and easy, and Dr. Hibbing was a very engaging and fair professor. He has a great sense of humor and is a very skilled speaker, making note-taking and comprehension of class discussions simple and . I really enjoyed going to lectures for this course, as they were fast-paced, easy to pay attention to, and pertained very well to the material represented in the exams and assignments, as well as the course readings.
This course is an overview on different theories about the psychology behind the political leanings, behaviors, and party alignments of people in America, as well as around the world. It covers different viewpoints on psychological topics that surround the topic of the psychology of human choice such as: the concept of freewill, the validity of twin studies, nature vs nurture, the biology of the brain and brain injuries, and the formation of an individual's personality traits. The course has one section on the structures of the brain and its receptor types, but the knowledge required for the exam was fairly basic, and all of it was covered in the lecture notes, which were posted online by Dr. Hibbing. All of the other sections of the course are less biologically based and more focus on psychology and political science studies. In this course, I felt that I learned most about how to analyze scientific studies, as all of the readings we had were about different political science and psychology studies that are currently under review and being debated by the scholarly community. This course was heavily conversation based due to that, which made the information easier to retain and the course more interactive and engaging.
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To succeed in this course, the most important things to do are go to every lecture and read the assigned texts before class. This course is overall fairly easy and super straight-forward as long as you pay attention in class and do the homework. All of the information needed to get A's on the exams is in the lecture notes, which are posted online and explained by Dr. Hibbing in class. With the combination of looking over the notes, annotating the notes, and paying attention in lecture and recitation, the course is not challenging at all and doesn't require much effort before exams.