This class was tough.
This was a very challenging class and I learned a lot from it. The material was always deep and rich even though it wasn't always the most exciting or entertaining. I definitely spent some very late nights studying and reading and researching for this class. There was so much material and information covered it was difficult to pick a direction to study for tests. The professor believes that producing a study guide encourages poor study habits as students would only study what was on the guide rather than all the material from the course. In part because of this, I learned an incredible amount of information and I learned how to streamline my study time to accommodate the maximum amount of material. While, to date, this has been the most challenging class I have ever taken in college, I gained so many valuable study skills and recognized a new inner strength because of this class that has made the rest of my classes easier to handle.
I not only learned new study habits and skills to maximize my time, but my knowledge of the global economy and how it relates to politics and regimes grew at an astounding rate. While economics has never been one of my greater strengths, I now can talk knowledgeably about a great variety of subjects and complexities within the political-economic system. This has helped my understanding of my own country's structure and operating ability, as well as how things interconnect globally through foreign, political and economic ties.
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Advice for students:
You'll want to outline the readings as you do them. (DON'T try to start the note process late. It hurts.) Just the title, author, main points, and main idea, and that's it. Longer notes are good for deep study, but for studying for the tests, a short review of the terms, main ideas and points will take you a long way. Try to keep notes down to a half page (it's really hard if you're getting all the terms, main ideas and main point, but it really helps it stay with you if you keep it simple). If students ask, he might let you have some notes during the midterm and final (you never know though, so be prepared to list some author's names and main ideas of their articles in your essay responses on the tests because that REALLY improves the grade). This class is very independent work heavy and, especially if you're taking other classes, you'll need to be prepared to find other students to study with to share the readings (split them up and share notes) and prepare for tests. While group work isn't necessary, it made life so much easier with this class because of the daunting amount of work assigned each week. You'll be responsible for readings, study, asking questions during class, a midterm, final and 20-40 page research essay during the course of this class. I'd recommend talking with the professor early about your paper (it turns out much more polished if you get a head start).