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Chip Beck

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I found the course to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative. Although international law in general has many critics, this course helps you see and understand how international law impacts everyday life and state relations. It provides a real introduction to the subject and it makes me feel prepared and excited to take the other courses in this series. The professor was enthusiastic and taught the course well, providing emphasis where needed. The MOOC's support staff were very attentive and helpful in the forums. My main criticism, like many others', lays in the quizzes. Some questions were just too specific or focused on a minutia of detail to get the question right. While I learned to generally appreciate this as you'll found out that law often relies on a similar level of detail to determine discrepancies, decide jurisdiction, or determine court cases, there were a few too many questions where this minutia would cause strong frustration especially considering quizzes are only seven questions each.
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This course is an excellent introduction to linguistics. The professor is extremely enthusiastic, and his "students" provide an engaging environment in some of the videos. The course provides you with a good overview of the many fields of linguistics as well as contrasting opinions. The issues regarding wrong quiz answers appears to have been largely fixed. My main issue is that some external resources such as required readings and other links are broken and these haven't either been fixed nor the course updated to reflect this.