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    May 28, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a beyond difficult course because of the professor. His guidelines for answering questions on exams are not clear. He is not a liked professor at the college. Take it online. All he does is review the terms in class.

    Course highlights:

    I did not learn much. He basically just has you memorize terms out of the book. Attending class is pointless.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Write out everything obvious about the terms, because he grades exams as if he has never been familiar with it.

    • Spring 2017
    • Haggerty,L
    • Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates Final Paper
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    Jan 14, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course is needed for GE credit. McCusker sets you up for success. There are five quizzes, but the lowest score is dropped. We always lets you see the quizzes and your scores after they are graded. The information on the notes is the same as in the quizzes, which is the same for the final. There was only one paper. You must interview a person from a city counsel or city planning commission. Personally, I found the interviews very interesting and thought the experience was nice to have had. The paper itself is simple, just explain the meeting and the interview and your thoughts about it. He also shows you documentaries almost every class, which were both interesting and relevant. I very much recommend this class!

    Course highlights:

    The highlights for me were the class discussions. I took the course in the middle of the election, so some of the opinions were quite passionate, but never inappropriate or offensive. Even though things could have gotten heated, it stayed civil. I also loved the documentaries, but I think there should have been more warning due to highly sensitive content.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay organized and manage your time wisely. You will have study for the quizzes and the final. They aren't difficult or confusing, but you just need to know facts. McCusker usually will let you know exactly which facts to study from the notes. He also puts extra credit questions on some of the quizzes. When studying for the final, study from the quiz questions!! Especially the ones you got wrong. And plan your interview/ meeting date/ and writing for the paper. It is simple, but time consuming, so plan at the begin of the class. Don't think you can wait until the last minute. That won't work. DON'T BUY THE TEXTBOOK unless you really think you need it. I didn't use it at all.

    • Fall 2016
    • Justin McCusker
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Dec 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    All of his lectures are direct questions on the test. He gives you the answers all you have to do is show up to class and pay attention! It is a quite easy class that tests your political skills.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed the debates. Seeing different perspectives to the same topic not only increases our knowledge of the topic, but encourages us to defend our opinions in a respectful manor.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Write down everything he says in class!

    • Spring 2016
    • Haggerty,L
    • Yes
    • Competitive Classmates Final Paper

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