Pretty easy, overall.
I would deficiently recommend this course: first off, because of the amazing professor who teaches is it. Professor Sara is the type of professor who never leave topic or jump to random things when giving lectures. What makes her of teaching unique is that she connects her subject to real life situation and possibilities, this allows me as a student to seem many things into different views and point. Secondly, the course does not have hard assignment where you feel hopeless yet does have weekly quizzes, reading and blog posts. You may be thinking, "why would I want to take a class like that?", but what you need to know is that, the blog post are usually to be written about what you learn from the readings and connect them to real events going into the world of politics. You don't have to post them every week, you only need two post by the end of the semester and they are counted as participation points and fellow classmates can comments and you can comments on other students post and that also counts as extra points. The readings are long sometimes but they are easy to read and interesting, they are what the quizzes are about and what she will cover in class, so its basically being informed about what class will be about that week before class. Lastly, the discussions in this class get heated...in a good way, hearing other students thought on the topic is always intriguing and you learn a lot from them. We discuses about everything and connect to the reading and what we are learning in the class, which gives me as a student a broader picture and understanding of the subject. To summarize, I would say this class is great because of the professor whose passionate of us learning and understanding the materials. The moderate amount of work we get in the class brings us to understand everything that is being taught to us not too much and not too low. To finish, there's always extra credit events.
One of the highlights of this course is when we had to play congress for half of the class. This day, we all brought bills that we wanted to be pass to laws and it took long but it was fun. In the process we chose a majority leader, speaker of the house, and minority leader. We were separated into two different parties and either in House or Senate...basically just like congress. Many bills were introduce but only two became laws. The point of the activity was for us to see that it takes longer than we thought for congress to pass bills into laws, even though it was a one day thing we all had pretty fair picture of how one part of our government works. I am a visual learner this was fun and one of the best way for me to learn. We didn't write those bills, we chose bills that have been introduced in congress. Another highlight, is when the discussions that we have in class. Those discussion are very open and respectful which makes class exciting to hear and see what others feel and understand about certain topics. There's so much highlights in this class that it may take all night explaining.
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Advice for students:
Always do the reading!! In this class we had weekly quiz and they were based on the readings assigned that week. The readings were long but interesting and easy to understand. However, if you don't understand the readings or the things in class you can always ask the professor besides the slides are posted online before they are presented. Go to office hours even if it's to say hi because she is an awesome professor.