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POL 150C politics of happiness

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    Mar 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class requires a student with an open mind. The content of this class is extensive, and goes over the political and social meanings of "well-being" of many countries. Professor Willerton becomes an advocate for each country's viewpoints and perspectives, and does not always present things from the "western" standpoint. I found it to be a highly enjoyable course, and it expanded my knowledge of where I stand in the world.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the cultural and social traditions of Russia, France, Lebanon, Bhutan, China, the United States, and several other countries. Each unit focused on a specific country and what life and happiness means for the inhabitants of that country. Professor Willerton went very in-depth on specific historical details and important events that instilled a sense of pride and nationalism for the people of each country.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the required readings, and watch the videos. Professor Willerton provides interesting material that is crucial to success on the midterm and final exams.

    • Winter 2016
    • JohnWillerton
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Final Paper
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    Dec 20, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I am not a politics person. Overall the class was informative, but its not what I need to know for my major and was one of my hardest classes. Plus it was a Gen-ed

    Course highlights:

    I learned about politics in other countries such as Lebanon and all about the Russian Soul.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to be someone who can sit through a 75 min lecture about politics. Also there is no multiple choice on any of the tests. SHORT ANSWER!! :/

    • Fall 2016
    • BobbiAnglin
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Nov 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The Politics of Happiness was an incredible course. The professor was engaging and the material is relevant in everyday life. I enjoyed learning about the socio-economic structures of different countries and how it impacted the citizens standard of living. I also appreciated how the professor compared countries to each other to see the differences in culture and how that impacted the differences in government. The diverse selection of countries the professor chose to analyze encouraged the students to abandon any and all biases and look at the information objectively. The class reminded me that there are many views apart from the western world view, and people with other world views are not necessarily less happy or more oppressed than those living in democracies. Having taken this course, I feel more adept at understanding international news and politics as I learned to abandon my western bias to try to understand other world views.

    Course highlights:

    The course explored the different aspects of wellbeing in a variety of diverse countries. We learned about the Danes and socialism, as well as the Dutch and tolerance. We learned about the role of government in different countries and looked at statistics and polls to see how the people felt about their country. The Politics of Happiness was not all happiness as we looked at Nationalism in Germany and its relation to World War II. I was surprised by how little Americans pay in taxes compared to many Europeans. I was also surprised by the difference in values in Russian and American culture. According to the polls, the Russian people are happy with their government while the Americans see Russian politics as oppressive. The class exposed me to different ways of life and different world views as a product of social culture and the economy.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in the Politics of Happiness course, be sure to do the supplemental readings and youtubes online. There are very few assignments in the course; The professor assigns in class participation for attendance and one 1200 word essay on Russia towards the end of the semester. The midterm and the final exam account for a large portion of the grade, and in order to succeed, reading the supplemental material is vital.

    • Fall 2016
    • JohnWillerton
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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