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with Bert Johnson2 months ago

Bert Johnson is an amazing professor, but the class is inherently dry. It was a great introduction to American politics, but the reading was heavy, and the assignments were frequent. Solid intro class for the Political Science major, but I wouldn't recommend it to those not intending to major.

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with Bert Johnsonlast year

Bert Johnson is an excellent professor! He is extremely enthusiastic about the course material and is very supportive. I initially took this class on a whim but it proved to be one of my favorite classes this semester. I will admit that it is quite content-heavy and skimming the readings isn't always feasible as specific questions are raised during discussions; however, the material itself is quite interesting and worthwhile as long as you pace yourself well. I would definitely take a class with Prof. Johnson again!

Bert Johnson is an excellent professor! He is extremely enthusiastic about the course material and is very supportive. I initially took this class on a whim but it proved to be one of my favorite classes this semester. I will admit that it is quite content-heavy and skimming the readings isn't always feasible as specific questions ar …Read more

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with Bert Johnson7 months ago

Bert Johnson is an amazing professor. It's so important to take a class from someone that is passionate about their work and Bert is your guy. Yes, there are a lot of readings, but they are totally doable. Additionally, his lectures are always engaging and his ability to be personable is admired by all of his students!!

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with Bert Johnson8 months ago

Bert is a solid political science professor. He's very well-informed on government in the U.S. and keeps the class updated with current ongoing news. I would recommend this course for anyone interested in taking part in American democracy and I think anybody can learn something from this course. The class is straight forward and he isn't an intense grader and tries to keep the class relaxed.

Bert is a solid political science professor. He's very well-informed on government in the U.S. and keeps the class updated with current ongoing news. I would recommend this course for anyone interested in taking part in American democracy and I think anybody can learn something from this course. The class is straight forward and he i …Read more

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with Matthew Dickinson9 months ago

I was quite fond of this course and Professor Dickinson. The class does require a lot of reading. However, what you are expected to take from the readings is outlined in discussion questions that are provided at the start of every week. Furthermore, Dickinson is a relatively easy grader.

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with Matthew Dickinson7 months ago

American Politics with Dickinson was a challenging but rewarding course. Prepare to read endlessly if you want to do well on exams, as they are entirely predicated on reading thoroughly and memorizing the arguments of each author. He is also a tough grader but still "fair" if you put in the work.

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with Bert Johnson2 years ago

A must-take for knowing about how American Politics works, even for non-majors and people who think they know a lot already. Bert knows and is very passionate about what he is doing. His slides are rich in content and clear in presentation, with graphs, images, and even photos of him visiting every presidential candidate back in 2016. Weekly Canvas quizzes helped with understanding concepts. Help with papers was ample, and office hours were friendly and relaxing. You can write papers focusing on quoting readings or citing journals and news articles - accommodating for both felt very inclusive.

A must-take for knowing about how American Politics works, even for non-majors and people who think they know a lot already. Bert knows and is very passionate about what he is doing. His slides are rich in content and clear in presentation, with graphs, images, and even photos of him visiting every presidential candidate back in 2016 …Read more

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with Matthew Dickinson2 months ago

If you've taken any course with Prof Dickinson, you know it's bound to be a lot of reading. This one was no different and while the amount of reading was immense, he provides discussion questions to help guide your reading and the weekly discussion section. PSCI 0104 discussion was my least favorite hour of my week this semester, as Dickinson is not afraid to cold call, but if you do the reading and take your notes according to the discussion questions you should be fine. He assigns 12 weekly "response papers," all 2-3 pages each, and you choose 4 to submit. Additionally, there's a midterm exam, a final exam, and a 1 "long" (5-7 page) paper. Overall, I enjoyed the class, and Dickinson is a fairer grader than he initially portrays himself to be. However, it is not for you if a) you hate writing, b) you hate court cases, or c) you aren't good with doing upwards of 100 pages of reading for each class. He's an engaging lecturer, and overall a funny guy, it's just a lot of work (especially for an intro class).

If you've taken any course with Prof Dickinson, you know it's bound to be a lot of reading. This one was no different and while the amount of reading was immense, he provides discussion questions to help guide your reading and the weekly discussion section. PSCI 0104 discussion was my least favorite hour of my week this semester, as …Read more

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with Matthew Dickinson2 months ago

Professor Dickinson is highly charismatic, enthusiastic and loves teaching the Intro course for American politics. His weekly luncheons are also very interesting, and his exams are way easier than the discussion papers and long essay.

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with Bert Johnsonlast month

Professor Bert is great. He cares about his student and is a really funny guy. The class is boring at times and challenging at others, but it is a great course overall. You cover everything from political polling to supreme court cases.

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with Matthew Dickinson2 months ago

It is a lot of reading but you need the reading for the discussion papers and exams. Both exams and discussion papers are not incredibly hard definitly do able. I enjoyed Dickinson's dry humor. Don't be intimidated. The class is hard, but doable.

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with Matthew Dickinson11 months ago

I absolutely loved this class. I always heard my peers talk about classes that really spoke to them and I had never experienced that until I took Intro to American Politics. I looked forward to the reading because, while it was often long, it was also relevant. Writing is not my strong suit so I found the essays to be somewhat challenging but despite that I never did poorly. It was important to participate in the discussions, sometimes he would cold call on people. Also if you study and pay attention the exam are not hard. High recommend if you are interested in politics, history, and law.

I absolutely loved this class. I always heard my peers talk about classes that really spoke to them and I had never experienced that until I took Intro to American Politics. I looked forward to the reading because, while it was often long, it was also relevant. Writing is not my strong suit so I found the essays to be somewhat challe …Read more

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with Matthew Dickinsonlast year

I loved this class when I took it and I really liked professor Dickinsons teaching style and went on to take many classes with him. As a professor I think he could be a little divisive, you either like him or not, he will cold call and has a very dry sense of humor. You have to be prepared in discussion and do the readings but he makes it very accessible as he sends out discussion questions. As long as you answer the discussion questions you can do very well in the discussion sections. He grades fairly, honestly on the easier side for this intro course. It is a decent amount of work, lots of readings, response papers, papers and exams. The exams are good but do require a decent amount fo studying and not only remembering content from his lecture but also the readings. Overall I loved this class but its not for everyone.

I loved this class when I took it and I really liked professor Dickinsons teaching style and went on to take many classes with him. As a professor I think he could be a little divisive, you either like him or not, he will cold call and has a very dry sense of humor. You have to be prepared in discussion and do the readings but he mak …Read more

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with Bert Johnson7 months ago

Bert is enthusiastic and his passion comes through in lecture. If you have any interest in American politics then you will find the class interesting. Often times the reading can be overwhelming, especially if you don't time manage well.

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with Bert Johnson4 months ago

I really liked the professor, if you have questions go to office hours and he clears them up. However, the course was pretty boring and not a lot of time was spent in-depth on the topics. A lot of reading.

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with Bert Johnson7 months ago

The classes are always very interesting and Professor Johnson is extremely knowledgable in the topic. The readings can be a lot at times, but if you manage your time well that will not be a problem. The papers can be difficult.

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with Matthew Dickinson2 years ago

Loved Dickinson. A very steep learning curve in regards to reading. Had an insane amount of paper to read per week. Learn how to skim. He was great at pointing out what he expected up to learn since he would emphasize it during his lectures. Take good notes discussion, they will literally save you. His class is basically identify the different supreme cases and their impact. Just know make sure to know the meaning and significance of every big idea he mentions. great prof, would live to take another class w/him

Loved Dickinson. A very steep learning curve in regards to reading. Had an insane amount of paper to read per week. Learn how to skim. He was great at pointing out what he expected up to learn since he would emphasize it during his lectures. Take good notes discussion, they will literally save you. His class is basically identify the …Read more

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with Bert Johnson2 years ago

Bert is a nice guy but the lectures are extremely boring and uninteresting, almost no one paid attention to them. He also struggles to get through all of the lecture material and will often ramble about subjects without adding any value. The readings aren't bad as long as you break them up over the week and the discussions are easy as long as you read and are willing to participate. The readings and the lectures often had no correlation with each other too which I found odd. Overall it's not a work intensive class and the professor is nice, just extremely boring.

Bert is a nice guy but the lectures are extremely boring and uninteresting, almost no one paid attention to them. He also struggles to get through all of the lecture material and will often ramble about subjects without adding any value. The readings aren't bad as long as you break them up over the week and the discussions are easy a …Read more

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with Bert Johnson2 years ago

bert is awesome. i would take this class just to have him, he has great charisma and really cares about the topic (also knows SO much). it’s overall a very pleasant class environment. for the course itself, definitely a solid baseline for understanding american politics i think this is essential for anyone in polisci or just anyone who wants to know how the govt works.

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with Matthew Dickinsonlast year

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

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with Matthew Dickinsonlast year

I took this course because it was required for my major and I wish I picked a different course. There is so much reading for this course it is impacting my other classes. The exam was not as horrible as I expected, but it was still very challenging. You really have to do all the readings to pass this class. The professor will cold call and ask lots of questions on the readings during discussion and the exam had fairly detailed questions aimed at seeing if you completed and understood all of the required reading material. The discussions are helpful to check that you understood what you read, but for me they also made me extremely anxious. Also, the professor does not use Canvas, and instead emails (sometimes grainy/hard to read) PDFs to read in addition to the assigned books. If you love American politics and are willing to read a ton, then take this class, the professor knows a lot and will teach you a lot, but if not, you are much better off choosing a different course.

I took this course because it was required for my major and I wish I picked a different course. There is so much reading for this course it is impacting my other classes. The exam was not as horrible as I expected, but it was still very challenging. You really have to do all the readings to pass this class. The professor will cold ca …Read more

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with Bert Johnson2 years ago

Professor Bert Johnson is nothing short of a great human, professor, and all around great guy. Although the course itself can be a bit bland, Bert's enthusiasm can be a game changer. He loves what he is teaching and definitely knows he's stuff. He also is very understanding in extensions and can be great source for literally anything politics. His office hours are fun to go to and very informative, you'll get your questions answered and more. In sum, this course by itself is alright but if you're looking for a schedule block to fill or just something relatively enjoyable and light, Intro to American w/ Bert is the way to go.

Professor Bert Johnson is nothing short of a great human, professor, and all around great guy. Although the course itself can be a bit bland, Bert's enthusiasm can be a game changer. He loves what he is teaching and definitely knows he's stuff. He also is very understanding in extensions and can be great source for literally anythin …Read more

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with Matthew Dickinsonlast month

Professor Dickinson can seem daunting in the beginning, but he is quite funny (in a weird way) and is very passionate about American politics. He assigns a lot of readings (like minimum 200 pages every week) but they are important to understanding the class. He requires 4 short papers, on top of a long essay paper. I would HIGHLY recommend doing the 4 short papers the first 4 weeks of classes, otherwise you can get overwhelmed by other classes and the copious readings in this class (He will also go easy on you in terms of grading if you get it done earlier). If you are ever confused about something, he is fairly helpful in in office hours, although you really need to put effort in to do well. Discussion sections can be awkward if you don't do the readings/discussion questions for that week so always be prepared to answer anything from any of the readings (which is hard). Also some of the readings are old PDF's from like the 90's that are scanned terribly so you can't ctrl+f and search for terms of highlight which is frustrating. Lectures can be boring, so try and stay awake! I would probably preferred to take this course with Bert Johnson!

Professor Dickinson can seem daunting in the beginning, but he is quite funny (in a weird way) and is very passionate about American politics. He assigns a lot of readings (like minimum 200 pages every week) but they are important to understanding the class. He requires 4 short papers, on top of a long essay paper. I would HIGHLY rec …Read more

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with Bert Johnson7 months ago

Bert is a nice professor who is evidently passionate about the field of Political Science. There are only 2 major papers and grading is pretty okay. B is the standard for a 'good' paper but he leaves extensive feedback for improvement on the next paper. Readings are essentially only needed for discussion (Fridays) and as long as you space them out throughout the week you'll be fine.

Bert is a nice professor who is evidently passionate about the field of Political Science. There are only 2 major papers and grading is pretty okay. B is the standard for a 'good' paper but he leaves extensive feedback for improvement on the next paper. Readings are essentially only needed for discussion (Fridays) and as long as you …Read more

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with Bert Johnson7 months ago

As my first poly sci course I was excited to take Berts class. While he was super enthusiastic and clear during his lectures, I found the material very broad and sometimes boring. You cover a lot of information but Bert organizes the class so it is easy to understand what part of American politics you are talking about. The two long papers and graded fairly and his comments are very helpful. Overall a good beginner level poly sci class.

As my first poly sci course I was excited to take Berts class. While he was super enthusiastic and clear during his lectures, I found the material very broad and sometimes boring. You cover a lot of information but Bert organizes the class so it is easy to understand what part of American politics you are talking about. The two long …Read more

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with Matthew Dickinsonlast year

Dickinson is a total character — he’s passionate about American politics, the presidency, and, above all, free speech. Lively class discussion, but make sure to do the readings in preparation for his seminars, as he has no problem with cold-calling.

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with Matthew Dickinson2 months ago

Professor Dickinson's lectures are very interesting but fast paced. He goes very quickly but will also stop for questions. If you want to do well in the course, be sure to do the readings. There are a lot of them but are essential for understanding lectures and for being able to participate in discussion sections. Really good class to take if interested in American politics but only if you don't have a large background in it already.

Professor Dickinson's lectures are very interesting but fast paced. He goes very quickly but will also stop for questions. If you want to do well in the course, be sure to do the readings. There are a lot of them but are essential for understanding lectures and for being able to participate in discussion sections. Really good class t …Read more

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