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PLIR 3010 Theories of International Relations

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    Always Do the Reading

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Lots of Writing

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    May 22, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was definitely a difficult course to study for, because there was no real way to summarize and understand content aside from vigorously taking notes in class. Also, Professor Legro made it discussion-style, despite it being a class of about 200 students. This was helpful in some respects, but also made it difficult when trying to siphon out what was actually correct information about particular theorists that we learned about and what was simply a student's opinion. His grading scale was also extremely difficult.

    Course highlights:

    I definitely did learn to do readings more closely. You're required to draw causal diagrams for most of the readings, and this new skill actually helped me out when doing readings for other classes as well.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take lots and lots of notes. You may think that information that Professor Legro is sharing isn't quite relevant, but when it comes to studying, it'll help to have everything you can possibly have about each theory. Also, I highly recommend using a Google Doc to do some group study for the final exam.

    • Spring 2017
    • Jeffrey Legro
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Apr 30, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class was challenging but ultimately rewarding. It was my first class in international relations which I plan to major in. There's a lot of reading and analysis, but I feel that I have learned a lot and think it will help me in the future.

    Course highlights:

    Talking about the theories with a group of people. I learned that a lot of foreign policy comes back to these theories.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you want an easy A, don't take it. But if you like a challenge, go for it! I think it is a nice intro to international relations and the theories that define it.

    • Spring 2017
    • Legro
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading

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