Winter 2022 - I really enjoyed this class! Tausanovitch isn't the most engaging lecturer, but the topics he covered were super interesting and you can tell he is very knowledgable about what he's talking about. Although a lot of info from the first half of class was a repeat of AP US Gov, I liked how in the second half of the class he went into different topics like voter participation, public opinion, campaigning, and political polarization, and I enjoyed how he incorporated real-world examples. Grading scheme consisted of a midterm and final exam in person, one paper, and participation in weekly discussion. Each exam had 5 multiple choice questions, 3 definition/term questions, 3-4 short answer questions, and one essay question. Exams themselves were very fair and you will do well if you paid attention in class and understand the concepts. He gives a list of all the possible terms for the definition part, so if you study those then you will likely do well on the entire exam, because all the terms relate to key concepts. I had Jessica as a TA and she was great at clarifying points made in lecture. Overall, the class is pretty easy if you put in minimal effort, and I would take a class with him again.
Fall 2019 - Professor Tausanovitch has nothing to do with the class besides being the professor it is listed under, it is all based on the TA (Kenton Card for Fall 2019). Kenton was not very organized, and not very helpful- I found the meetings to be a waste of time. It's nice that students can get academic credit related to an internship but do not assume this is an easy A just because there is not lecture - it is a decent amount of work to do the weekly essays as well as prepare the final research paper. I think if I had known the details, I would have not found it worth it to do it while doing my internship and would have rather taken an additional poli sci class where I could have learned a new topic.