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POL S 201 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

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    Always Do the Reading

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    A Few Big Assignments

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    Mar 01, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Overall, I'm not all that interested in philosophy- but that's something I learned the hard way. However, I had an amazing TA and the professor was a wonderful person who really cared about the success of her students.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that the knowledge of your peers is absolutely invaluable. The highlight of this course for me was that I gained a lifelong friend.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you're not going to complete the readings, take thorough notes on the sparknotes. And please, go to office hours if you have questions.

    • Fall 2016
    • Christine Di Stefano
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    • Go to Office Hours Participation Counts Final Paper
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    Feb 04, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    It was a great course and very interesting! Loved the readings and no busy work assignments.

    Course highlights:

    I loved reading Hobbes and Locke and discovering where I stand in terms of my views on modern political theories.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to read all of the readings and attend Quiz Section. If you do that, you honestly don't even need to study for the exams!

    • Fall 2016
    • CHRISTINEDISTEFANO
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would absolutely recommend this class especially to non-majors if you want a new perspective concerning political theory. Honestly, the concepts and ideas we discussed in class have never been more relevant to our society and even if you don't agree with every theorist their theories can give you the foundation for understanding current and historical events. For example, did you know Martin Luther King used Socrates's ideas and values in his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"? The material was incredibly interesting, even though it initially seemed difficult and the discussion connected it to current and relevant modern issues.

    Course highlights:

    I loved the readings, they were engaging and challenging, the classical theorists we read and discussed were still relevant and thought-provoking. The lectures and discussions offered deeper insight into the theorists' ideas, and even if the reading had proved challenging after attending class I felt like I never had an in-complete understanding of the material covered.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The most crucial part of this course was remaining engaged, Professor Di Stefano made it incredibly easy to add to discussion during lecture; for the more introverted students the accompanying quiz section provides group discussion opportunities. This however will not help students if they don't chose in some way to engage in discussion and share their ideas, doing the readings were important, but without the discussion and lecture the deep understanding of the materials that the Professor asks for will be incredibly hard to provide. She may at times ask for students to argue for or against theorists, or explain specific principles from multiple perspectives, and the single perspective that the student gains from the readings is not enough to completely answer these questions, and the importance of the material itself may be lost on the student.

    • Fall 2016
    • CHRISTINEDISTEFANO
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments

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