Tufts University: Deborah Schildkraut - Political Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
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.
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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?