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    Dec 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    A fast pace, never dull, and eye opening class taught by a brilliant professor. Though there is a lot of reading, the material keeps you engaged as you will learn about the current state of international security issues, such as nuclear energy and terrorism, well as domestic security issues.

    Course highlights:

    The greatest take away from this class for me was that in order to fully understand the implications of national security threats, you must be aware of all the dimensions of a particular issue. More specifically, a thorough investigation into the economic, political, social, religious, and historical context of an issue is necessary if a solution that results in peace and stability is to be obtained.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Design a study guide on Google doc in which students can review and present different readings and lectures. Make sure to ask eachother questions which connect different themes from the class as well as compare and contrast countries on a particular issue, such as how is France’s approach to counterterrorism different or similar to the US?

    • Fall 2016
    • WILLOUGBY
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions Final Paper
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    Jul 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Beside the course teaching a subject I enjoy, Professor Willoughby made it extremely entertaining. He would go on these tangents that would educate us as much as the course material. His discussions on national security gave me, as young adult, insights into decisions made by strategic positions that I never would have thought of based on simple history classes.

    Course highlights:

    It has been quite a while since I took this course, but the part that stuck with me came from learning about nuclear proliferation and deterrents. I learned about the value of cruise missiles over nuclear bombs. It was not an obvious conclusion I would have come to but the advantage of precision far outweighed the magnitude of a nuclear bomb in a paper I wrote for the class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do as much of the reading as possible and do not skip any of his classes. His class material is just as important (if not more important) as the books and his discussions lead you into trains of thought and ideas that the books can't.

    • Winter 2012
    • Randy Willoughby
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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