GOV 217 Course Website

This is the course website for Dr. Hickman's GOV 217 (Introduction to Comparitive Politics) course. This page contains some general information and resources for the course, a copy of the syllabus for those who like to have it online, some important dates, review content, and more. If you have questions, contact me using the form at the bottom of the page.

Resources and FAQ
Lots of people study different ways, so honestly, pick what is best for you. As for what me and my friends did, we printed off maps of each region and labeled each map country by country until we were able to successfully label every single region. Afterwards, we did some online quizzes to make sure we knew where every country is. Make sure to memorize every country. Even the small island nations could make it on the test.
Come to the study sessions! I try to make them as informative and fun as possible, and I go over all of the terms that will be on the test. I also try to answer any other questions you may have. Aside from this, read the book. It has some great information in it, and it's not too bad of a read to be honest. Read the book, especially the grey boxes. And pay attention in class. Take at least a little notes on every topic, because any of them could show up on the test.
If you follow the study tips above, you should be well prepared for all of the tests. Aside from this, just make sure to talk in class. The discussions are always interesting, and you being an active particpant will help you get the material down better and show teachers that you care about the material. If you have any questions, ask Dr. Hickman in class or during his office hours. He doesn't bite, and he's got some great information to share with you if you'll listen.
The study session for Test 1 will be held on Feb. 2 at 7:30pm in Evans. Meet outside Hickman's door for info.
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