Not too easy. Not too difficult.
While often described as a class catered towards Econ Majors, Power, Identity, and Resistance has been in my experience a mind-opening and thought-provoking course focusing not only on economic theory but also on identity and freedom of will (or lack thereof). In particular, I appreciated the 3rd Quarter of PIR for its exploration on race, gender, and class. Because I took PIR, I was able to read and engage with tons of incredible texts, both those that are seen as classic works in their fields and those that are lesser known but still contain radical and revolutionary ideas.
In particular, I appreciated the 3rd Quarter of PIR for its exploration on race, gender, and class. We read books by Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, Simone de Beauvoir, and Catharine MacKinnon — all authors who explored the “Otherness” of their identities in their time periods. PIR has been a class that pushes its students to both read and write critically; in the process of turning in assignments for this class, I’ve become a better reader and writer. I’m also grateful to have had Omar as a professor for PIR because of how understanding he is and how deeply he cares for his students.
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My advice would be to set out specific slots of time to sit down and carefully read the parts of the texts that are assigned from class to class. While skimming through a summary may give you a basic understanding of what the author is trying to say, class discussions are much livelier and beneficial if you take the time to thoroughly read and understanding the text assigned for that day. In terms of writing essays for PIR, a good strategy is always to outline before starting a rough draft.