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GOVT 132 Intro International Poli

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    Feb 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Studying the guide and show up you will get an A or B

    Course highlights:

    In depth of the cold war and other various european history topics

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take him he is a great teacher

    • Spring 2017
    • Eric B. Shiraev
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 02, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this professor to those who need to take this class as a requirement, but to those who do not have to take this class I do not advise this course. This is not an easy A, it requires participation, lots of reading/notes, and long study hours to pass. Koblentz does a great job helping you through the information but you are tested on the information in the book, and extra readings, not just the information he discusses in class.

    Course highlights:

    This course covers all of the basics of international relation and the theories that are attached to it. Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, Marxism, and the three Feminisms are all the big topic. In addition, the class talks about the economy, finances, and all forms of war. The class is very intensive and a lot of information is taught in a short amount of time.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to class, even though it is a large lecture participation is still expected. Do all of the reading and take notes, they are long but the information is necessary. Study for exams because they are the only 3 grades you are going to have, and yes the final is cumulative.

    • Fall 2016
    • GregoryKoblentz
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Dec 29, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    GOVT 132 might seem intimidating at first, but I promise it's not as hard as you think. Koblentz isn't a professor who will go to great lengths to teach you the material - he's very traditional, think lengthy lectures and PowerPoint slides - and tells you straight up that just because he doesn't take attendance, doesn't mean that you don't need to come to class. That doesn't mean, however, that he is a bad professor. In fact, I learned a lot from him. His lectures are dry, yes, but they're so packed with information. He really knows what he's talking about. He makes great analogies and if you follow them, you're sure to understands the main concepts of international politics/relations. Take notes, as his exams come mainly from his lectures and hardly from the textbook. I didn't think I'd like this class much at first, but I was surprised at the end of the semester when I looked back and realized that it hadn't been so bad at all.

    Course highlights:

    GOVT 132 is really the perfect class to take if you want an overall snapshot of what compromises international politics, along with background on current and past issues. Coming into this class, I was an IP newbie. Half of the things that were going on in the world, I wasn't even aware of. Taking Koblentz class has really opened my eyes to the world that we're living in, both in good and bad ways. It's taught me a lot about root and values, but it's also heightened my sense of humanity and pushed me to do more for the people around me. It might sound dramatic, but it's true. Additionally, I care more about IP now that I did when I came into the class. I'm currently subscribed to the New York Times' daily briefing and I can't start my morning without it. In conclusion, this course may not be one that's super straightforward or an easy A, but it's one that you will most definitely benefit from. Yes, there's some hard work involved: but for me, it was worth it, every single minute.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Here's my formula for attaining success in Koblentz's class: pay attention during lectures and take good notes + read the chapter summaries in the textbook + look over the bolded terms in the textbook (at least one of these that he hasn't mentioned in class will appear on the test) + look over the slides that he pays most attention to. If you follow this formula and maintain a good attitude, you'll do well in the class just like I have (I received an A).

    • Fall 2016
    • GregoryKoblentz
    • Great Intro to the Subject

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