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Aaron Burke See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.6 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

Most Helpful Review

The class has one midterm and final (define terms, short response, primary document analysis w/ questions, long response), participation in section and 8 weekly reading responses that required us to include 20 key terms from the week (lowest grade out of 8 was dropped).


The professor does not make clear the important information, there is no study guide provided for the midterm or final and the amount of weekly readings are ridiculous.

I personally did not do all of the weekly readings until it came to studying for the midterm and final, but I would skim the required section readings so I could participate in class.

Generally, the lectures are a good road map for what is important to study but even then it is important to also read/skim the weekly readings.

I went to my TA’s office hours at least once a week to get the main points of that week’s lectures, and I honestly do not think I would have gotten an A+ without their assistance.

While I enjoyed the course material I wished the information for the midterm and final would have been clearer by the professor because I would have saved a lot of time from studying.

I’m a north campus major, poli Sci, and I took this as a GE. I would not recommend putting in as much work as I did for a GE, but if you are genuinely interested in the course material and are willing to put in a ridiculous amount of time to study then you should take it, otherwise I would advise you to think of taking another course.

Fall Quarter 2019
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