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    Dec 15, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is an interesting class and provides a solid foundation for political science majors.

    Course highlights:

    The class was reading intensive but the readings were interesting. Professor Murphy was very easy to follow and seemed to have a genuine interest in the curriculum which reflected onto his students and encouraged us to perform well in the class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to read! There are a number of assigned readings but doing them will make the rest of the class much easier to follow.

    • Fall 2016
    • Andrew Murphy
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    May 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    A great general sense of modern political science for anyone testing interests or beginning down the PoliSci track. Stephen Eric Bronner is a brilliant professor, lectures well, and will help you if you show you're putting in your work. The grade comes down to the midterm and final papers - you should be comfortable writing 10-14 page essays (total page count; you can opt to write as many or as few individual essays to comprise those 10-14 pages as you wish).

    Course highlights:

    Definitely gained insights as to contemporary political mindsets and movements. Traced concepts from their origins, discussed evolution of said concepts, examined rival / supporting ideologies (be prepared to read!), and applied notions to more current events to create a more in-depth perspective. It is interesting to analyze, for example, how Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X operated through such drastically different political modes and how that in turn affected their image, their power, and what they accomplished. Other authors include Wollstonecraft, Dostoyevsky, Kant, Machiavelli, and Marx, for small sampling.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay focused and committed in lecture: what Bronner discusses is all important. The two written exams test whether or not you comprehend the material both independently and with the rest of it, as well as whether or not you understand the meanings and have an opinion on them. Basically, like any good essay, you need a solid argument to make - the easiest way to come up with arguments is to really pay attention and take good notes on what Bronner talks about, because a lot of his side comments and digressions actually make good connections that you can (if they interest you) end up exploring for your essays. Being able to keep up with the discussion and participate is also important, and that's why I definitely would recommend you keep up with the readings rather than cramming them in for the essays.

    • Fall 2015
    • Bronner
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    May 04, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    His class is inspiring. His slides are enough for studying, but the way he narrates the class really makes you think. It's a fairly big class, but participation & the number of people asking questions are tremendous. Covers a lot of works, but overall interesting class.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight is the thinking process and the discussion in class. There are recitation sections but those that happen directly with Prof. Murphy are the most interesting. He is very knowledgable and present the theories in ways that are fascinating.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course was a requirement for me, but if you are interested in topics such as the ultimate purpose and formation of government, it is a good class to take. There was no weekly written homework as I remembered, only reading. You could still pass & do well if you miss the reading, but some more reading doesn't hurt.

    • Fall 2014
    • Andrew Murphy
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class Final Paper

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