Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would definitely recommend this course for several reasons. First, it is a great and easy introduction to the world of international politics! You can really get a feeling for what the rest of your international politics classes will be like. Also, Professor Bueno De Mesquita is a world-known political scientist and has real experience working with international leaders and solving crises. It was an honor to be in his class and learn so much from him; he's also such the character and fun to have in the class room! Importantly, the teacher's assistants are also great! They are very helpful and make the concepts much clearer!
The really important concepts we learned in this class were arrow's theorem, game theory, and selectorate theory. There is barely any math; the real focus is learning the concepts of the theories and understanding how they work. I learned a lot about different international perspectives and how they can apply to modern day global politics.
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I would say that the lecture is really not that important- it's really the recitation that you should pay attention in. Bruce talks a lot about abstract ideas and concepts that he does not use on the midterm and final. The recitation is when we really learn how to use and understand the key concepts that he bases his homework and exams on. I would definitely recommend setting up an office meeting with your TA to help you with a specific topic if you're having trouble with it. I would also recommend studying the homework he assigns to prepare for exams because he re-uses a lot of the questions and material!