Pros: Professor Pok is one of the nicest professors that you will ever come across at Columbia. It's clear that he is incredibly knowledgeable about East Central Europe (if a little biased towards his native country of Hungary) and is very accessible during office hours. Also, a relatively easy A.
Cons: The lectures are a bit dry, a little all over the place, and hard to follow. "Hatreds and fears" were the class mantra, and TAs were the saving grace. If you can pick, go for Aimee, who often brought in supplementary readings to help out those of us who were completely lost. The midterm didn't count, for as Pok said, "it can only help you!" which seemed great, until it got to the end of the semester and you panicked and realized that your grade basically was being determined by the term paper and the final. We would often talk about the effects of events, like the Bolshevik Revolution, not actually talk about the event itself.
On the whole, I think that I would have gotten more out of this class if I had previously taken Euro, but even for those who did, it was generally frustrating.