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Great Intro to the Subject
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
The class itself certainly covers interesting material. While lectures can sometimes be a bit dull, if you are engaged in note-taking, it is tolerable. Professor Allison is very knowledgeable about crime, and will often entertain students' ideas. However, and possibly due to the FSEM designation of the course, he occasionally goes into a bit too much detail with regards to relatively mundane things.
Aside from basic economics info, the various causes and effects of crime as well as the scenarios in which they take place is quite interesting and different from the material in a standard course. Most of the material will almost certainly be completely novel to you (though at an introductory level!).
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Grading is 2 25% midterms, a 35% final, and 15% participation. As such, you must make sure to do pretty well on the tests, but they are not hard. Participation is easy due to the small class size. The tests are also generally pretty easy so long as you understand the material. "Materials for study" are provided before tests.