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    • Profile picture
    Feb 26, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course because I learned so much about US foreign policy. Although it was a very challenging course because all of the material was very new to me, Professor Partovi is an excellent professor. He pushes students to work and think hard and the challenge was good. The lessons learned in this class have stuck with me and I recall things I learned in this class periodically for other projects, papers, and classes.

    Course highlights:

    Gained an insight into US foreign policy history. Gained insight into US military power and why it's important many countries and why it matters to everyone in the world. Gained insight into why diplomats, foreign officials, and political figureheads acted the way they did for certain major events. Analyzed news articles for their significance to US foreign policy.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study events and people rather than theory. Other IA classes will emphasize theory but this one is not set up this way. US foreign policy history and influential people are more important to know for this course.

    • Spring 2014
    • CyrusPartovi
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Feb 24, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class is extremely important, because behind every political action there is a more obscure reason and a motive. It was incredibly difficult, because it was never exactly clear what was expected or in what direction the class was going every day, but that really keeps you prepared for class and on your toes.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that current events are the foundation to learning about international relations. This particular field of study is more or less learning how to interpret what is going on NOW, and staying up to date with current events--reading the newspapers, watching a weekly news rundown, etc.-- and having a base knowledge of what is going on makes applying what you learn so much easier.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read EVERYTHING, including the newspaper. Every day. Go to office hours even if you don't think you have questions--you'll have plenty.

    • Fall 2015
    • CyrusPartovi
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    Jan 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Partovi's background, (serving in the court of the Sha of Iran) brings experience and knowledge to the course in a way that most others would not be able to do. Furthermore the course allows you to understand the world better even in simple readings of the daily news.

    Course highlights:

    Being made to read the Newspaper daily at first seemed a burden, but quickly turned into a healthy habit. It is now part of my morning routine.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read all the documents carefully and take good notes in lecture and about the readings.

    • Spring 2015
    • CyrusPartovi
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions


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