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    HilaryDick, Riggan, Peter Siskind
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    Jun 19, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I loved Dr. Siskind's class! The course was discussion based, with major themes reiterated in larger essay assignments. Dr. Siskind does a great job of selecting relevant articles for reading as homework, which are then discussed in the next class. Dr. Siskind guides discussions in a way that highlights key themes of the course, which only serves to help students understand those themes better when they go to write essays that cover larger topics of course discussion. Because reading was always discussed in class, I was highly motivated to keep up it. The class was definitely challenging, but in a good way. I would highly recommend this course!

    Course highlights:

    My reading comprehension skills definitely increased through this course. With so much reading, I learned to glean the important information from larger readings and focus on the larger picture at hand. I learned so much about the field of International Studies, as well as the various disciplines it encompasses. I loved the structure of the course (reading on my own, guided class discussions instead of lectures, key themes highlighted in class, and larger essay assignments instead of exams), and I believe it was highly conducive to what I learned and retained in class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My largest piece of advice for anyone taking IS1 101 is to take copious notes during class. The only sources students can use for essays are the readings from class, so even if you do not read all of class readings, taking notes from class discussions where ideas from the readings are mentioned is very helpful. Whenever someone mentioned an idea from a reading in class during a discussion, I would write down what the example was, where I could find it in the reading, and how it was relevant to what we were learning in class. When it came time to write my essays, I found that I had most of my material waiting for me since I had already done the difficult part of picking out relevant examples from the reading that would illustrate my points.

    • Summer 2017
    • Peter Siskind
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Mar 27, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because Professor Siskind is an amazing teacher who makes the course engaging for everyone taking a part in it. Being a Psychology Pre-Med Major, I wasn't sure I would like the course coming in, but Professor Siskind has made it so that I not only feel engaged and active in the class lectures, but made learning about topics I have never thought about before interesting and something that I can use and apply to my other classes.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course are being able to learn about new things, such as when we discussed the Declaration of Human Rights, and being able to leave the classroom much more knowledgeable than when I walked in that morning. Another highlight of the class would be how the class is structured itself. For each class, Professor Siskind assigns us a few separate articles to read with the expectation that we come into class ready to discuss it. Learning through discussion has not only made me more engaged in the course but also more knowledgeable in the subject. Being able to learn both through my input, my classmates input, and Professor Siskind's input have provided me with a new ind of learning environment that I feel I get the most out of than any other class I take currently. This semester we learned about topics such as poverty, human rights violations, shipping, money, and disease and the ways in which these things are international.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell students to be prepared to study and put in a couple hours of work for each class so that you come into the class ready to participant. I would also tell them that Professor Siskind is extremely approachable and can be a huge help so to not be afraid to pull him aside after class or schedule a meeting with I'm if they fell they are struggling or need extra clarification on anything.

    • Spring 2017
    • Peter Siskind
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jan 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course does not just teach international theories, but shows how they apply to the movement of people and goods in the real world.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about current world crises, like the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East and the formation of ISIS, which was fascinating. I also learned what exactly certain professors want in a college research paper.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to spend a great deal of time doing readings.

    • Fall 2015
    • Riggan
    • Great Discussions Requires Presentations Final Paper


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