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Background Knowledge Expected
Great Intro to the Subject
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course was awesome - especially if you're into international politics, international relations, and international political theory. I know, it sounds really dry, but if you're the kind of person that's interested in understanding global issues, then it's really interesting. Plus, if you like to argue with people about wars/policies/disputes, etc., then it's best to know what you're talking about. It's a good feeling to be right.
I learned a lot about the inter-workings of war, like balance of power theory, balance of threat theory, etc. It was really interesting to try to understand states' behaviors, on an individual, domestic, and systemic level of analysis. There's always a reason for why states behave the way they do, the fun is trying to figure it out like a puzzle. You gather information, data, theories, and you make an argument and defend it. It's a lot of fun!
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Honestly, I would say you really need to go to the lectures, and write everything down - not just what's on the board/presentation, but what Skalnes SAYS. He basically explains everything multiple times in multiple ways, and tells you everything that you could possibly know for the exams. The exams are really stressful because they're only 5 questions, 20pts each, but if you go to lecture and study before the exam, you'll be fine. I didn't do most of the readings but I studied all my notes and passed with an 84.