December 29, 2010

Pious, Richard Silver_nugget
Crisis of Authority (FY Seminar)

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Crisis of Authority was my first choice for FY Seminar - so you can guess that I'm really interested in Political Science. Being interested in the subject matter is important in this class; Pious is an absolutely brilliant man, and the course is heavily geared towards people who enjoy reading and writing non-fiction. He demands a certain level of commitment in this seminar - ALWAYS DO THE READINGS. Do not cross him; he really was the most generous professor I had all semester, but you do not want to get on his bad side.
He makes you learn how to write in a very specific fashion. If you enjoy reading and writing in the style of The Atlantic, The New Yorker, or other magazine of that caliber, this is the class for you. He has a habit of reading the opening paragraph of every paper aloud to the entire seminar (anonymously, of course), which was nerve wracking at first. Eventually, you get to recognize your fellow classmates' writing styles, and I've had other people in the seminar talk to me about my openings before.
Pious isn't here to let you bullshit through this course - he knows when you participate and when you don't, when you show up and when you skip a few classes. Crisis of Authority may not be the easiest seminar, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding.

Workload:

4 papers (final drafts), standard amount of reading for a FYS, exercise before writing each paper.