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    Jul 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a must take for any student who wishes to be a citizen of the world. I recommend this course for any student who pays attention to international news and wonders why countries do what they do and find how countries interact interesting.

    Course highlights:

    The professor was always willing to help. We played interactive games that helped us understand how global wealth is distributed and other fun games to help us understand certain theories. Instead of a final, we did group research paper on any topic we wanted that was related to International affairs. We only had three exams which focused on very specific topics. One focused on theories and vocabulary. The final section of the course, the class voted on six topics within international affairs (i.e. terrorism and counter terrorism, environmental policy, humanitarianism, global poverty, illicit markets) which the professor then would give weekly lectures on. The professor used a variety of learning tools including infographics and charts, podcasts, videos, documentaries, textbook chapters, articles, chapters from books, some of her own work, and much more.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you plan to study International Affairs, History, Political Science, Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, Law, or anything of that nature, this class is a must take. If this class is not a requirement, I still recommend it because it stills gives a good foundation for these subjects and it provides general information that is good to know in general. If you are considering this course, it is a lot of reading, so use your time wisely. Some of the information will be repeated, so skimming or speed reading might be a good idea for those parts. If there is any kind of chart provided in the reading, recreate it in your notebook. Take lots of notes or highlight in your textbook or both. Always bring the reading materials to class. Be prepared to discuss what you thought about the reading and/or any questions you had about the reading.

    • Fall 2015
    • BENNETT
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jan 13, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class is good at opening your mind and making you think about things differently. You're not just there to learn facts and regurgitate them; you learn how things apply globally and you get to think about hypothetical scenarios that allow you to see these terms played out.

    Course highlights:

    I liked the ability to hold discussions with the class and talk things through with students. I like that he encouraged debate and disagreement, because that's how it is in the real world and in the international community.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the readings no matter how mundane and ineffective they may seem. Pay attention in class because it will help immensely on the very few assignments you get.

    • Winter 2015
    • Bob Mandel
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions


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