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POLS 1202 INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS

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    SINGER, MatthewSinger, LyleScruggs, Bosco,R, Carbonetti,B, Charrette,J, Singer, M, Matthew Singer, Score
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    Dec 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    A fascinating class! It will change the way you view governments and democracy forever.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how democracies rise and fall, how our structure of government is much less democratic than we think, and how other forms of government around the world differ from our own.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read thoroughly! Set aside time to actively read through each reading. I recommend downloading each one as a PDF and highlighting important text.

    • Fall 2016
    • Matthew Singer
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 15, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class was terrible for me. I learned the hard way that I'm not a morning person because the class was at 9am. This course basically focused on other governments around the world. I'm not a political science major so taking this class was not great. There was too much information to remember. If I could redo this class, I'd be sure to attend office hours and get the extra help. Quizzes every week on the readings.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that this class is very LECTURE heavy. You'll realize that the quizzes revolve around what the professor says during class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to LECTURE and discussions. It was annoying for me and I had to learn the hard way. Take advantage of office hours.

    • Fall 2016
    • MatthewSinger
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    Nov 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you are not a political science major/minor, I don't think I would recommend the course unless you have a strong desire to learn a lot about different styles of governance. As a political science major myself, this class was a challenging, entry level class that covered topics similar to topics covered in Professor Singer's upper level courses. While it was difficult, I felt like I was learning the most in this class than any of the other courses I took that semester, which is hard to find freshman year.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a pretty thorough understanding of the different governments all over the globe. Professor Singer's research is concentrated on developing governments and their economic performance in Latin America, so a lot of his examples are concentrated on that area of the world, however he also offered plenty of other examples. By learning about other systems of government, I found that I was more able to examine the US's own government more critically and also see the very obvious good in the system that we have.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to do a fair amount of reading. Your grade is very dependent on how fair your discussion TA is when grading your weekly quiz on the readings. Though class attendance isn't mandatory or graded, you should attend because he goes over the key points of the articles, which is helpful since they're pretty dense. His study guides for the exams were really helpful and I would utilize them to the fullest extent. Working with other people in the class was really helpful.

    • Fall 2015
    • Singer, M
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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