This class was tough.
Attendance is not required. That said, go to class, write down as much as you can, and if you have the ability, record the lectures. It'll be a life saver when midterms and finals come around, as the questions are taken right from lectures. Prof. Gould is an awesome, no nonsense, straight to the point professor. His class is 50% midterm, 50% final, as I think all INR4013 courses are.
The best part of this course was learning all about the beginnings of political though. Most interesting was learning about the ancient Greeks, especially the early philosophers' take on what exactly international relations is. Another highlight was learning all about the role that human nature plays in INR.
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Advice for students:
Go to class, pay attention, write down and/or record his lectures. Reading the books is not particularly necessary, other than to get a little bit more knowledge than he goes into, but it is not necessary to pass the course, or even excel in the course. Don't be afraid to talk to him outside class, I'm sure it would help, especially if you are struggling with a specific concept or topic.