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POLS 104 International Politics

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Participation Counts

    Always Do the Reading

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    • Profile picture
    Jul 11, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I thought it was incredibly interesting to see the impact foreign relations can have on a nation.

    Course highlights:

    I was introduced to various forms of diplomacy and debating causing my ideas and opinions to be broadened from a universal standpoint.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you do your research and take you're time when formulating thoughts for papers and debate topics.

    • Fall 2013
    • Dr. Folkertsma
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Requires Lots of Research
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    Jun 17, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Stanton has very unique experiences in his field that he eagerly shares and deep insights into the world of international politics. Discussion is encouraged. International politics is an interesting area of study and is highly applicable to current global events.

    Course highlights:

    We learned about basic concepts in international politics like globalization and the different theoretical models used to analyze past events and predict future outcomes. Game theory, alliances, sovereignty and foreign policy were also discussed. We learned about international organizations like the United Nations and how they combat global issues such as poverty and world health.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Dr. Stanton has very strict rules regarding papers, but he is willing to provide assistance to students as long as they ask. A lot of students drop the class because the syllabus makes it sound scary, but it isn't hard. The exams are easy and do not have essay questions.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr. Samuel Stanton
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jun 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Stanton is an intimidating character. However, he has unique experiences and fascinating insights pertaining to the international system. The class is not overly rigorous, but does require effort. Discussion is highly encouraged, and topics are exciting.

    Course highlights:

    We learned about different political actors and how they typically behave, the schools of thought pertaining to the international stage, war, poverty, and global health. Most importantly, we learned about international organizations and the international court system and how they operate.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't be afraid of Dr. Stanton or his tough grading. He has a lot of rules and is incredibly picky about papers, but he is eager to direct you to resources that will help you succeed. The syllabus makes the course sound daunting, but it's not as bad as it sounds. There is a lot of reading, but it is all interesting and relevant.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr. Samuel Stanton
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions

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