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[POLSW3625] rising great powers in International relations

May 03, 2017

Snyder, Jack
[POLSW3625] rising great powers in International relations

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. I cannot tell you how regretful I am that I took this horrible class. Snyder, while he is a very nice man, is a horrible lecturer. He goes too quickly between topics and is not even slightly engaging. I thought this class was going to be so cool but it truly is not. You will have weekly readings that are about 100-200 pages. And unless you are very motivated to continue to do these readings, it's very easy to fall behind as you only need to know the material for the take home midterm, take home final, and research paper. What's really going to get you is the 15 page term paper. The prompt is "research something relative to this class", you get very little help at all on the paper, and it's worth half of your grade, so don't mess it up. If you fall behind in the readings, you are pretty much screwed. Honestly, this is my least favorite class I've taken at Columbia.

Workload:

take home midterm (choose 2 out of 10 prompts, must be 5 pages long each, 5 days to do) 30% of grade, take home final (1 out of 7 prompts, 3 days to do) 20% of grade, 15 page term paper (topic you decide) 50% of grade

April 03, 2017

Snyder, Jack
[POLSW3625] rising great powers in International relations

This class blew. Honestly I was so excited for it, the description sounded so interesting, but don't let that fool you, it sucks. If you LOVE reading long, boring and dense readings every week about China, then you are in for a real treat, otherwise this class will be your worst nightmare. Snyder is not an interesting lecturer and sitting through his classes is painful. The midterms are take home but get graded with very little leniency. I would never recommend this class to anyone.

Workload:

takehome midterm, take home final, and 15 page term paper

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