Not too easy. Not too difficult.
A very dynamic class with a passionate Professor that break down the complexity of Congress as an institution into pieces easy to digest and learn.
In this class we, the students, not only learn the evolution, the composition of Congress and the life of a congressman, but we also have the opportunity to learn how to run and organize a political campaign. Through the semester we work in groups by choosing candidates who are running for an actual campaign for Senate. Each group is composed by a campaign manager, policy advisor, communication director, and an opposition research director. At the end of the term, each campaign staff presents before the class and the professor the campaign proposal they will adopt.
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Advice for students:
Reading the articles and chapters of the books assigned by the professor is extremely important to succeed in this class for the simple reason that it is a political science class, and as every political science class, there are several theories covered. Additionally, making good use of the professor's office hours can help you achieve perfection in assignments, because Professor Shields provides the exact information on what he wishes to see in assignments. Moreover, preparing for the presentation at the end of the term for the group projects is essential. Delivering a professional and knowledgeable proposal guarantee students a top grade, since professor Shields requires each presentation to be 5 minutes per individual. Finally, working in advance is crucial to not be desperate before exams. As soon as the assignments are provided, completing them in advance gives you time to devote solely on the readings and the campaign project.