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PSCI01044 days ago

American politics with Professor Dickinson is extremely difficult but it can be rewarding if you are able to keep up. The class is very fast-paced and it is easy to fall behind. Professor Dickinson relies heavily on readings for the course, with the amount of reading easily reaching a few hundred pages per week, but the readings are always relevant to the current material and bring in a lot of useful information. Professor Dickinson is very knowledgeable on the material and can answer a broad range of questions, his answers tend to be clear and concise. If you ever have questions he is easily accessible either during his designated office hours, or by email (he is not always great about responding, but most of the time he will). Exams tend to be difficult. They cover major topics of the course, but they are entirely essay-based and tend to require an intimate knowledge of the readings, which is why it is important to try to keep up with the readings. If you can, skim the readings, otherwise it will be impossible to keep up.

American politics with Professor Dickinson is extremely difficult but it can be rewarding if you are able to keep up. The class is very fast-paced and it is easy to fall behind. Professor Dickinson relies heavily on readings for the course, with the amount of reading easily reaching a few hundred pages per week, but the readings are …Read more

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingDifficult Exams
6hrs / week Very difficulty High value Would take again
PSCI02066 days ago

I would recommend this course to any Midd student interested in American politics but probably not to someone looking for a casual class to fill distribution requirements. Prof. Dickinson is very straightforward but certainly not easy- class is reading heavy and the readings are very necessary to do well on the exams (genuinely difficult/obscure term IDs, etc). He doesn't give a lot of As (which requires command of all readings, all lectures, and good test taking skills, since most of the grade is exam performance), but it is possible to get them if you really work for it. He doesn't really give extensions but he also only assigns one paper. The class is super interesting and informative and changed my understanding of American politics, and is worth working hard for.

I would recommend this course to any Midd student interested in American politics but probably not to someone looking for a casual class to fill distribution requirements. Prof. Dickinson is very straightforward but certainly not easy- class is reading heavy and the readings are very necessary to do well on the exams (genuinely diffi …Read more

Fair GradingDifficult ExamsConstant Reading
6hrs / week Very difficulty High value Would take again
PSCI042919 days ago

I loved this class. This was a fantastic senior seminar to end my time as a political science major at midd. Dickinson is my advisor and I have taken many classes with him, so if you like him and the way he teachers you will like this class. Its VERY writing heavy so be warned, but as to be expected with a Dickinson class . You write 3, 6-8 page papers and 4, 2-3 page papers. As with his other classes it's also reading heavy and requires you to do the reading and discussion questions in order to be successful during discussion. This is a very discussion based class with few lecture.

I loved this class. This was a fantastic senior seminar to end my time as a political science major at midd. Dickinson is my advisor and I have taken many classes with him, so if you like him and the way he teachers you will like this class. Its VERY writing heavy so be warned, but as to be expected with a Dickinson class . You writ …Read more

Fast-PacedEndless WritingFair Grading
8hrs / week Very difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
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