Peter Schotten - Augustana University

Professor: Peter Schotten
Department: Political Science
College: Augustana University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The absolute worst example of what a liberal arts professor should be. If you don't understand legal jargon good luck.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SEVERAL
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took several courses with Schotten. He is inspirational. I then went to law school. The only complaint I have about Schotten is that he set the standard of excellence too high. He wants students to understand the arguments and improve their thinking. Most law school professors do not. They want you to accept how brilliant they are.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT370
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I took several classes with him, but Con Law: Civil Liberties was an experience! It was my favorite class throughout my college years and I learned more than I have in any other class. It is a perfect test-run to see if you are up for law school. It is challenging and thought provoking. Highly recommended! Tests are hard.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hilarious! I received an A+ because listening to his lectures genuinely interested me in the topics. Study for the tests; he uses detail in many of his questions. However, the questions are mostly multiple choice. Overall, the tests were extremely easy and I never spent more than a half an hour taking one of his exams.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT360
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Here's a guy who has a genuine love for his students. His class is without a doubt the most difficult I've had at Augie, but he truly has a great heart and cares about how you fare in his class. It's also rewarding to go to his class - he has some terribly delightful puns.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT320
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Political Philosophy. Dr. Schotten actually cares about whether or not I personally understand the complex material and I think has encouraged far better performance out of me than I would otherwise have exhibitted, especially in an area to which I am relatively new.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT320
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible! He was my adviser at first until told me to take a class I did not need! Tests cover so many random things that you don't know what to study. He is arrogant and not helpful at all during office hours.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I didn't think Government would be a very interesting class, but it turned out to be one of my favorites because Schotten's in-class debates were really fun. He stays focused, but keeps the class fun with jokes and stories. Thumbs up!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT301
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I attended Augie way back in the early '90s. I am rating Dr. Schotten now because looking back I am amazed at the influence he had on my life. His reccomendation got me into law school scholarship. His class prepared me for law school. He is the best
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CONLAW
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome. Took GOVT 110 as well as both Conlaws, Crim law, and Capstone. Try conlaw if you want a test run of what law school will be like--he's like a slightly less-threatening law school prof. Funny, smart, and nice. What more could you want in a prof? Most of the best profs are hard, so stop whining.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is one brilliant man!! He makes the lectures very interesting! He also does a good job of helping you understand the material using entertaining scenarios. Not an easy class, but you can get an A if you are willing to read the textbook and study the notes. I would recommend for anyone
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CAPSTONE
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Only ever had him for capstone and current events but definitely appreciated this man's brilliance.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT11O
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I loved Schotten, I hate Augustana and transferred schools, but I loved Schotten. Not only did I love him but my aunt and mom did when they had him. He is a great professor and does his best to accomodate your needs, I accidently in for the final and he still me take it with an extension!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Interesting lectures, funny guy, VERY picky tests over the readings - but he gives you fair warning about that. READ THE BOOKS or you will do badly on his tests.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MANY
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ALLOFTHEM
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
one of the best professors i've ever had!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GOVALLOFTHEM
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
great prof, love his classes, but the tests are just awfull. way to hard. you have to remember every word in every book.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GOV110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Funny guy...AWFUL puns! Semi-difficult class, but hes clear on what he wants...READ THE BOOK...yes, he wrote it, so he wants u to know it well. Reading each chapter a couple times is good for a B in the class.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The guy wrote the textbook he teaches from...The tests are ridiculously tough if you don't spend at least 10 hours studying for it - seriously...the best actual class time i've had so far, in terms of discussion. A really funny prof, great class - just a tough tester...3 tests determine your grade
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HALFDOZEN
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Reading these comments, it seems Schotten hasn't changed from when I took him in the mid-90s. He's absolutely brilliant, and wrote the textbook for one of the classes I took. Tests are hard, and he'll argue anything. Schotten is THE prof that all others should be modeled after.
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