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Political Science Courses:  Requirements for research projects and briefings

page revised 15 Apr. 2015, by Jeremy Lewis
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Advice on tests and exams
Everything is listed on the course Timetable, week by week.
The discussion questions listed are the ones in my mind when I read the readings, so surely they help.

I use a consistent format across my classes.
Read everything listed for the week ahead, every week, before Monday morning.
Testable material is everything above the line of the test in the Timetable.

There may be multiple choice questions on the main text (in 201, Janda; in 209, Rourke & Boyer), and there will be one-paragraph explanations of key concepts, plus the readings in the anthology (in 201, from Serow; in 209, Great Decisions).

Anything we have shown or talked about in class (current affairs, such as the election campaign or the party conventions) may also come up in paragraphs.

There may be a full-page essay (of about 4-5 paragraphs) for Honors students and a reduced version for the rest.  The essay question may be based on any of the weekly topics and you may be able to apply any of the readings to answer it.

The best way to prepare is probably to reduce your copious notes on the readings down to one paragraph for each short reading and one for each concept in the main text.  Likewise for each piece of current affairs we have discussed.

About a week later, we will have some of the exemplary paragraphs read out in class, which gives everyone feedback on what their fellow students can achieve.

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