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Tufts University: Deborah Schildkraut - Political Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2006-08-01

Review:
I really have to disagree with some of the previous statements about TAs and recitation sections. The TAs in Fall 05 at least were really hardworking and very understanding of our workloads in other classes. My recitation section with my TA was great because there was always lively discussion about a relevant topic or some activity that applied the topics to something tangible. Some of my friends in other sections didn't like their groups so I guess it depends on how lively the section is. And you'll get out of it what you put in. btw, I heard that Prof. Schildkraut is very picky about her TAs and that she only picks the best ones -- but of course they can vary in quality from year to year.

Workload:
It helps to have an understanding of the basic mechanics of American government (like what the three branches do, simple stuff like that). Even though it's an intro class, it gets into some topics you may not be used to pretty quickly. Be prepared to read considerably and take notes because the readings will come back on the tests. Grading is a little on the tough side, but if you put in a decent amount of effort and you are a good writer, you should be able to get an A- no problem. And contrary to everyone else's opinion, the stuff you go over in recitation sections are helpful on the test -- and do you really want to be in an informal lecture for three days instead of two?


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS111 - Political Psychology | Political Science2006-05-14

Review:
This was the first course I have had with Professor Schildkraut, but I will definitely try to sign up for more of her classes. She was an excellent teacher. She looks very young for a professor, but she is more capable than some of the older professors I have had. This class is really her speciality, so she was very knowledgeable in the subject and wanted to make sure that students understood the material as well.
The readings were sometimes very difficult, but the lectures really help to review the important themes from the readings. I would really recommend trying to attend every class, just because Schildkraut gives a enthusiastic lecture and highlights the points you really should focus on in your studies.

Workload:
Lots of reading every week. It is just important to take away the main themes of the reading, rather than specific facts.

It is a political methodology course so there is a 5 page experiment design and a 15 - 20 page research proposal. The deadlines for different parts of the paper really helped to keep me on track for the final paper. There was also a midterm and a final, but Schildkraut provides an excellent study guide a week before the exams.
It might sound like a lot of work, but it is really quite manageable.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2006-02-09

Review:
For a political science professor, she does a great job of keeping her opinions out of class. Doesn't have the charisma of some other professors in this department, but knows her subject well and is very clear and organized. TAs were not that helpful, and seemed to lack the professor's dedication.

Workload:
Not a lot of reading. Grades are based on a midterm and final exam, as well as two papers: a short (4-5) one, and a long (10-12) one. Graded fairly, but not thoroughly.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2006-01-29

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Professor Schildkraut certainly knows her stuff, and she does a good job of presenting it. The class is a massive lecture, so it can be a bit dull even though she tries to encourage student participation. I know a lot about the American political system but I still managed to learn something. Overall a good class if you're in any way interested in American politics.

Workload:
Pretty easy. Maybe 30-75 pages a week, 2 papers, midterm, final.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2005-12-19

Review:
This class was a bit disappointing. I enrolled thinking I wanted to minor in Political Science and now I am never taking another political science class again. Schildkraut is extremely nice, easy to approach, available outside of class and gives clear lectures but the class is ridiculously dull. If you have any knowledge of politics before taking the class you will not learn much. The textbook is clear and written for eight graders. The material is not challenging in the slightest and the mandatory recitations are a complete waste of time.

Workload:
Average amount of work. Approximately 50 pages of reading a week. 2 papers (one 4-5 and one 10-12 pages). Midterm and Final.


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Tufts University: Deborah Schildkraut - Political Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2005-12-03

Review:
Professor Schildkraut is a fantastic professor-- she is obviously very knowledgeable and interested in the material, and is happy to answer any questions students may have. Even though the class has more than 200 students in it, she makes it extremely easy and comfortable to ask questions and raise points in class. She involves the students and is approachable and always easy to contact. If you get the chance to take a class with her, I highly recommend you do so.

Workload:
That depends-- do you plan on doing all the reading? Of course you should do the reading, but I should make known that I read exactly four pages of assigned reading total and still managed to do very well in the class. If you go in with a knowledge and an interest in politics and government, you really shouldnt have a problem. Don't assume the class is a breeze, but if youre interested in the material you shouldn't have any problems.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2005-08-08

Review:
Professor Schildkraut is a fantastic instructor. As a Tufts graduate and young instructor she can easily relate to her students. The lectures are pretty interesting. There really isn't a lot of emphasis on the mechanics of American Government; the emphasis is on theory and Grading can be a little tough at times, but a good effort and moderate adherence to the readings will easily get at least a B. The lecture is large but the Friday class of each week is a recitation with a TA. My TA Tom was really funny and made what would have been a waste of a Friday afternoon pretty entertaining. He even took us on a field trip to the State House.

Workload:
A few readings per week, but they are all reasonable in length. Two papers and two exams. Just enough work to feel educated without being overwhelmed.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS109 - Politics of Race and Ethnicity in American Identity | Political Science2005-07-19

Review:
This class was not particularly eye opening or interesting. The three hours each week were very difficult to sit through, especially since there were not very diverse or interesting discussions. Professor Schildkraut is nice, organized, and very available to students, but unless you are incredibly passionate about the course topic and have a research topic that you are excited about, you may not particularly enjoy this class.

Workload:
Reading was lengthy, though not really necessary, as long you have a clear idea what is going on. There were two reaction papers, which were easy, but we didn't really receive enough guidance in terms of expectations. There was a take-home midterm of about 8-10 pages (2 questions), and a final paper of 25ish pages. Overall, I thought the grading was fair and things were graded pretty easily.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS111 - Political Psychology | Political Science2005-05-05

Review:
Professor Schildkraut was great. There was a nice variety of readings (yes, some were boring, but most were interesting), although beware that parts may be repetitive for psych majors. Schildkraut was always very enthusiastic and prepared for class with helpful powerpoint presentations.

The professor's notes and comments were all very helpful; she wants students to do well.

Workload:
It is a political methodology course so there is a 5 page experiment design. Emphasis on design, not content.

There was an in-class midterm that was very straightforward. A helpful review sheet is given out about a week beforehand.

The last assignment is a 15-20 page research proposal. It requires a lot of background research since the idea is that the students idea will fit into existing research. Again, since it's a methodology course, a study or experiment design is a required part of the paper.

It looks like a lot of work, perhaps more than average, but it is very manageable. The deadlines are helpful and reasonable.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2005-02-03

Review:
Professor Schildkraut's Intro to American Politics is an excellent course led by a great instructor. Each class evolves around a clear and concise outline that makes the class fly by.

Workload:
Midterm and final, as well as a 10-15 page research paper.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2004-12-28

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Professor Schildkraut is enthusiastic and very approachable. A Tufts grad herself, she is young, vibrant, and promptly answered e-mails. Although the class was a bit tedious, especially in the first few weeks, it really picked up toward the end and covered a wide variety of issues. Every student should be able to find something of interest in the course. It is easy to tailor papers to address one's one area of interest. Schildkraut often e-mails relevant articles to students, enriching class discussion. The TA's are also very helpful and understanding.

Workload:
Pretty minimal - about 100 pages every week that could be skimmed for the most part, readings on reserve that were never necessary, short paper and a 10-pager. The midterm and final were very easy and required little studying.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2004-12-21

Review:
I really loved this class. Professor seemed really interested in both the subject and the students. She really tried to make the class interesting, and for the most part, it was. I would definitely recommend this class and professor to anyone.

Workload:
There are definitely reading assignments, but nothing overwhelming, very straightforward assignments, approachable professor, not too much work.


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Deborah Schildkraut | PS011 - Intro to American Politics | Political Science2004-12-18

Review:
Fun and lively professor who cared very much about student progress. Lectures were simple, but interesting, and the material covered was very relevant to assignments and tests. Huge class, but the professor really tried to get to know people, was very approachable, and generally a great person. Would highly recommend both the class and the teacher.

Workload:
Minimal work, a paper, a midterm and a final.


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