Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Dr. Lust is more passionate about international politics than I have ever seen anyone be. He loves what he's talking about and wants you to really understand the content. Sometimes, his Estonian accent makes things a bit difficult to understand, but he always reiterates enough that you really get the point. The reading is tough, but he explains it thoroughly and comprehensibly. It's a tough class, but if you understand the main points really well, then you don't have to stress the details too hard and you'll do well.
Class discussion and reading is my absolute favorite. Dr. Lust really engages everyone in discussion and wants to hear everyones thoughts. I really enjoyed discussing realist theory. It was a little out there, and it was really interesting to watch people really understand it one at a time. Dr. Lust has a way of making those lightbulbs go off in our brains one at a time, until the whole room is illuminated with understanding.
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Advice for students:
If you don't enjoy reading (or can't put up with it at least), then don't take this course. You have to do the reading if you want to do well, and it's a lot of tough reading. Make sure you take really great notes, because the midterms and final are open-note and open-book.