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PSC 120 The American Political System

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    • Profile picture
    Mar 21, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Epstein makes this course. The subject matter can be fairly drab if you're not an American history or early politics buff, but Epstein guides really meaningful and engaging discussions.

    Course highlights:

    You'll learn American politics basics, including the founding fathers, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, government structure and the three branches, voting/voting rights and elections, involvement of the media, and basic info on social movements and interest groups. Expect to present a current news story to the class.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take efficient notes - don't bog yourself down with the tiny details, just focus on overarching themes and the most important documents/dates.

    • Fall 2016
    • BenEpstein
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions Final Paper
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    Jun 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Prof. Epstein is clearly passionate about politics and does a great job of keeping his biases out of his lectures. Epstein really made the class interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed going to his class every week. Epstein understood that not everyone is a political science major or thinks politics in interesting. Epstein encouraged us to participate and helped the class to be a little more aware of the political world around us.

    Course highlights:

    I loved the discussions we had In class. They really help you see another persons perspective in a safe and open space. I had no hesitations sharing what I thought about a topic and felt as though my opinions were respected.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    through taking this class I would advise future students to make a few friends in the class. I made friends with the people sitting around me and it was always nice to be able to study with them and work on the final paper together. Epstein does a lot of small group activities in class which really helped me get to know the people sitting around me. The one presentation for that class is super easy and a good way to get more informed. As long as you take detailed notes and pay attention in class the midterm and final should be easy!

    • Spring 2016
    • BenEpstein
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend because it gives a student a great way to be introduced to our system in which runs this very own country. The professor is perfect at introducing the concepts, definitions, explanations, and inside depth to various aspects of our American political system.

    Course highlights:

    This course genuinely helped me achieve the very basic knowledge from defining what and how something works in our political system. And the connections made had actually made it easier to understand the system as an actual system and it pros and cons. Knowing the meaning to important terms were definitely the highlight of this course which have stuck to me to this day.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I recommend making to sure to write definitions down possibly before hand from the book then writing examples and connections in class. It would be greatly beneficial to come prepared with basic knowledge from skimming and taking a few notes from the textbook.

    • Fall 2015
    • Catherine May
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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