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POLITICAL 1006 Democracy, Dictatorship, Development

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    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this class! It is very insightful and provides a strong foundation for one's understanding of political science. Even if you are not planning to major in political science this course teaches you core principals in comparative politics and why the world is the way it is. It helps you see the bigger picture of problems all around the world and how politics really influence these countries. Professor Johnson is also very wonderful and knowledgeable in what she teaches. She gives a clear understanding of the concept and makes the class very interesting. The class is definitely not easy, but the experience and knowledge you will gain from this class is worth so much more. She gives four quizzes that are multiple choice and will drop the lowest one. Another big part of your grade are news analysis. This is where you find recent news and connect back to a concept in class. It only has to be about a page and is not hard at all. There is also one midterm and final which are cumulative.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course was the group discussions. Professor Johnson would often break us into groups or pairs and have us discuss key topics. This just further helped me understand the topics and to see things from another person’s perspective is eye-opening. The course covers 6 countries (Britain, Russia, China, Mexico, Nigeria and Iran) and their political structure. From their history to why they face the problems they do today, it really lays a solid foundation for understanding political structures across the world.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely go to class! As I mentioned, it is not a easy class and it is concept heavy. Going to class will really help understand the concepts more, as professor Johnson clearly explains the topics well. Another big study tip is focus heavily on the terms. She will give you a list of terms you need to know for each quiz and study those terms! If you have those terms down, I guarantee a minimum B grade on every single quiz and in the class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Janet Johnson
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