This class was tough.
I think this course is painfully dense but incredibly important to your undertaking of the basic theories in IR. It gives you the fundamental under tandem of each theory, even if it at first glance is confusing. I don't think you have an option concerning this course; but, buckle up because, although you may not enjoy it at times, the feeling you get walking out of th exam is worth it all.
I gained a clear understanding of the theoretical approaches to the International Relations discipline. If you thought you got the general jist of these theories before this course, think again. I was confused, challenged, and discouraged. But in the end of the course, I found that through this course my ability to push through confusing material or initially misunderstood was improved immensely. So not only in the academic material did I learn alot, but as a student as well.
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Advice for students:
I recommend forming a reading group because the readings are extensive and you need notes on all the readings for tutorials and the end of year class test. For the class test, review your notes from readings AND lectures, regardless of what any professor or classmate tells you. Good luck.