Tufts University: Tony Smith - Political Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Professor Smith is a very interesting professor who really tries to incorporate current events into his class. He regularly handed out op-eds from the New York Times and other publications of importance. The class was based on two halves, each a graded assigment: The case for going to war in Iraq, and how one person of importance to Bush's rationale arrived at their position. Smith was usually available and encouraged participation and attendance of events in Boston-area pertaining to the course. States his views and says that if you are opposed to them, support your beliefs and he will not grade against sound reasoning.
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A fair amount of reading, 40-50 pgs. per class, although not all the time. Assigned approximately 7-8 books to be read in addition to reserved readings in Tisch. Midterm was fairly straight forward, 10-12 pg paper on democratic liberalism and how it applies to the war in Iraq. Required a comprehensive knowledge of the material though. Final (10-12 pgs. as well) was about a person (Rice, Bush, Krauthammer, Paul Berman, etc.) a student selected and then dissected their position on liberalism (the IR theory). It is very important to read the books he assigned. Also, seek out the TA's to clear up any potential confusions prior to writing the paper.