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  • Average Rating (from 3 Students)

    3.7/5
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    Always Do the Reading

    A Few Big Assignments

    Background Knowledge Expected

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    Dec 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Even though I am a U.S. citizen, however, I did not grow up here. Therefore, taking this class help me improve my understanding to the U.S. government. Also, we spent a few classes talking about the foreign policies, which help me develop the basic idea of home;and security, a topic that I always have interests in.

    Course highlights:

    How the House Representatives and Senator work together and also carry out their project respectively. The process of enacting laws. The Court Cases that brought the equality to our society.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the textbook before the class and pay attention during the lecture, since the professor shares lots of his unique ideas during the class. Also, be engage in the group discussions. When working with other students, we can exchange the thoughts we gains from the lectures, which helps us further understand the lectures.

    • Fall 2016
    • IrajPaydar
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Oct 31, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I knew that coming into this class that it would be challenging, but I didn't expect it to be this hard. There was a lot of homework, and taking it online was even more difficult since he couldnt explain the assginments.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the Constitution and how the three branches of government work in detail! Plus a lot more.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not read all the handout and articles he gives to read, he only requires you to reflect on some! I freaked out a little when I logged in and saw how many texts were included.

    • Winter 2016
    • Timothy Jones
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing
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    Feb 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The material itself was interesting, heavy, and thought-provoking. I feel genuinely changed for it. For those like me who are very self-motivated, and have the attention-span for lots of long readings, you can certainly gain something from this course. However, the instructor was much too distant, even for an online class. He was untrusting and pessimistic of students actually caring, so even for the few of us that actually did, he chose to interact with students as little as possible and gloss over time-consuming assignments with little feedback. The good news is that if you put in the large quantity of work, you're guaranteed an A; the bad news is that it is very difficult to gain much else from the course other than the knowledge from the readings.

    Course highlights:

    I was not at all passionate about American history or politics coming into the course, expecting the same sludge of many years prior in public high school. However, I got really into it for the first time, because the course looked the government and American history from a real lens, no sugar-coating of the misdeeds of white people. I left the course actually interested in politics and being an active citizen, because I learned that there's a reason to.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Do every reading and print out his question sheets for each day! Though they're optional, if you take the time to give an outlined answer for each question and define each vocab word, it's a near shoe-in for 100% on the midterm and final (I got a 98 and a 99). Take the readings seriously; the material really is quite good. You only get as much out of this class as you put into it.

    • Fall 2015
    • Tim Jones
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts


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