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  How to Succeed in this Class  
   

Success in this class will require focus, hard work and effort, and a success strategy. If you come to me after the midterm or at the end of the semester to ask what you can do about your grade, my response will be to go over the following list of 10 actions that successful students tend to follow:

 
    First, you must set aside time to read your textbook. Then you must actually read it. If you are not a good reader or if you are not well versed in American politics and government, you may have to read it more than once --.fully and completely. Otherwise, you cannot do well on the tests.  
   

Second, you must effectively use the textbook’s study guide for the textbook before each test. Copies are on reserve at the library and can be obtained from the bookstore (you may need to order your copy.) Sometimes the publisher will provide a web version of the study guide. If so, Mr. Green will insert the link on the syllabus page just below the pictures of the textbook. Study the wrong answers to the questions in the study guide as well as the right answers. Both furnish material for test questions and reveal the mind set of those who prepare the test questions.

You should also join or organize a study group to prepare for the test. Students who work in groups usually do better than student who prepare alone.

 
    Third, remain in class on the days the tests are returned and go over the SCANTRON sheets to see what questions you missed, work out why you missed them, and to make sure your test scores are correct.  
    Fourth, you must set aside time to read the Taking Sides assignments; then you must actually read them with the possible quiz questions to ensure a good quiz grade.  
    Fifth, you must attend class. Both exams are based on class lectures and discussions. Failure to attend class puts you at a big disadvantage as you compete for a grade on the midterm and final.  
    Sixth, it is advisable to print out the PowerPoint slides, bring to them to class, and use them to take notes every day. Make sure your notes are complete and thorough.  
      Seventh, print out and the midterm and final exam guides. Every day after class collate your notes with the questions on the exam guides. This document can then be used as the notes you can bring when you take the exams.  
    Eight, read the writing guides posted on the exams and quizzes page. Use them to help you write both the sample essay that will be due after the midterm and the essay question on the final exam.  
    Ninth, ask question in class concerting issues and points in the lectures and discussions that are not clear and about the class requirements.  
    Tenth, bring you graded midterm exam to Mr. Green in his office during his office hours. (Be sure you first compare the grading codes on your exam to their corresponding comments on the exam grading codes list). By going over the weaknesses and error on the midterm you will have a better strategy for taking the final exam.  
       
   

 
         
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  Political Science 2200 Catalog Description  
   

Comparative Politics examines political activities within individual countries. It looks at the politics of a diverse set of nations like the United States, England, Russia, China, Japan, Mexico, Iran, Nigeria, etc. in order to compare the political institutions and patterns in one country with those in other countries. The focus is on each county's internal politics, with a view to making generalizations about how politics work in a variety of national settings. This will allow students to understand many democratic styles, and how democratic politics compares with the politics in authoritarian governments. Students will read widely and write comparatively about various government structures in various countries. 3 lecture hours per week

 
         
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