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Great Intro to the Subject
Lots of Writing
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I wound highly recommend the course. You don't have to be primarily interested in humanities and socio-geography to gain something from the course. I believe the class has made me an all around more cognizant and open-minded, tolerable individual, and I believe everyone who enrolls will take something away from it.
So much of what we see around us in everyday life is uniquely, individually American, but because most of us grew up around it and around fellow Americans, we don't see our culture as anything more than "normal". But truly, there is no such thing as normal, and this class has opened my eyes to that. Now it is true that this not a general "cultural" class exactly, as it looks at a specific aspect: political workings and ways of governing around the world, and how it is shaped by the unique characteristics of the people there. Government is born of culture and in turn affects the culture of the people governing. Perhaps what I love most about the class is that the professor never explicitly states any of what I just said - she doesn't tell us *what* to learn, but instead shows us what *can*. These are the conclusions I have drawn from the class on my own, and it may differ from someone else's interpretation, but I don't believe there is a wrong one. Which may be yet another unofficial lesson of the class, that there isn't necessarily a right or wrong way to do things, just different ways. On the surface, the class teaches us how the "different ways" of countries (specifically of development and governance) interact with others all over the world, but the class is much more rewarding once you become aware of the deeper insights and conclusions that put everything in perspective.
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Advice for students:
Go to every class - while notes are posted online, those are nowhere near as in-depth as the verbal lecture the professor gives. Also, do the readings that the professor posts. There aren't many, but they are very detailed.