Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This was by far my favorite course I have taken at ASU. Mr. Ripley is the best professor I've had and the course materials were extremely interesting. We had 3 books for this course and all were very valuable, I still have them and read them from time to time. His great teaching methods coupled with these great books will really help you excel in this course. We learned about intelligence gathering and how the real world of spying works. We learned about Amerian national security and all that comes with it. We also learned about nuclear weapons and countries that have nuclear weapons. The assignments are lots of fun and not hard if you simply read the assigned readings and pay attention to his lectures. This class is definitely worth every single dollar, trust me.
I never say this, but the highlights of this course was practically everything. The course was really fun and interesting. Anyone who is interested in how the CIA and other intelligence agencies work and on matters of national security should definitely take this course. You will learn a vast amount of things in a very short period of time, but that's why it's important to keep the books to make sure you can just reread them in the future whenever you have time.
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Advice for students:
Read the assigned chapters every week and take notes during the lectures. Also, email professor Ripley if you have any issues or questions as he will definitely help you out.