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POLS 121 American Politics

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    Jun 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The content of the class is extremely interesting and useful, everyone should know how our government works. The professor however is rather dreary, unfortunately making an interesting topic into a boring lecture. Still a good class, and I would repeat!

    Course highlights:

    The best part of this course is the 2-3 week government simulation the class does at the end of the semester. Every student takes the role of a government official and is given a biography on that person, and works to pass laws, acting as they would. It helps learn how difficult our system makes to effectively pass laws.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    As long as you are able to sit through repetitive, slow, lectures, while still picking up on the content of said , you will excel in this course.

    • Spring 2016
    • MelvinA.Kahn
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Oct 06, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The content could have been good and informative, but the way the professor taught did not allow for much real learning.

    Course highlights:

    Because I am taking this course during the 2016 Presidential Election, we spent quite a bit of time talking about relevant issues.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do your research on professors. I recommend finding a different professor who may teach in a different way.

    • Fall 2016
    • KennethN.Ciboski
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Meetings Outside of Class
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    Mar 14, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This was a gen ed course that I took online. What I enjoyed was that the online discussion panels were almost always professionally handled an respectful, allowing for a great learning environment where everyone was able to share their opinions (while also being challenged by and exposed to other viewpoints).

    Course highlights:

    This course and its accompanying textbook did a great job of boiling down something as intimidating to understand as the American governmental system and gave the big picture perspective, while not neglecting to spend time studying important details. Sharing thoughts in conversation with classmates online was also interesting, especially when we would see someone who'd spent time working in government/politics. It was helpful to see their take on the subject at hand.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you're taking it online, be sure to stay on top of the work!! I got a good grade in the class, but I could have done even better had I not let this class be the one I let slop away at the end of the day. We'd have to make 3 posts on the discussion boards on (each on a separate day) per week, and often after a full day in "real" classes, I'd forget about this online one. It wasn't too difficult, but if you take this be sure to prioritize!

    • Fall 2016
    • EsamS.Mohammad
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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