American Political Thought II, 1865 to Present

Description: Lecture, three or four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Course 114A is not requisite to 114B. Designed for juniors/seniors. Exposition and critical analysis of American political thinkers from Reconstruction to present. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 3.7
Easiness 3.3/ 5
Clarity 4.0/ 5
Workload 2.9/ 5
Helpfulness 4.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2021 - I'd like to preface my review by urging everybody to take the other student's reviews of Dr. Trojan with a grain of salt. Dr. Trojan is an extremely knowledgeable professor who goes out of his way to both help and challenge his students to do well and learn something new. These intentional challenges come in the form of identifying students' preconceived notions of text and concepts that most don't even realize they carry with them. Dr. Trojan has a very lively, happy, upbeat personality that carries with it a contagious aura of happiness and an excitement for attending class. Dr. T takes a more modern approach to lecture and allows for constant student engagement, discussion, and questions throughout lecture while he guides conversation in various directions, typically on the basis of the required readings. This method is effective for identifying key concepts and ideas that many students often miss or have a tough time understanding. Some students have pointed out his lecture style is terrible, but I'd rebuttal by stating that they more than likely are not attending lecture and are not engaging with the text/lecture itself. The workload of this class is quite heavy with a huge emphasis being placed on multiple weekly readings, which are provided free of charge, as well as annotations for the text being required. The majority of students' grades rely on two papers throughout the course and a large 10-15 page final paper. Participation is greatly encouraged, helpful, and will provide a better experience and platform for learning. Overall, the workload is tough, but if you manage your time well and put in the time and effort, you'll do well. Dr. Trojan is a great professor with so much to teach and give. It is obvious he loves his job and truly cares about his students' learning and doing well. I strongly encourage any poli sci student willing to stick through the heavy workload to give Dr. T a try at least once to experience something new and exciting with an extremely unique and likable individual.
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