My experience in this class was so painful that I have to write a review to warn others. Perhaps it was my lack of knowledge in Economics, but this course, which is under the Sociology department is run more like an upper-level econ course than anything else. While you can easily slide by all semester by skimming the readings and sharing a few full-sentence remarks in class, all of a sudden he hits you with the 20+ page research paper and you are not prepared at all. DiPrete is an average lecturer at best, the class is held in the basement of the Soc building which is pretty depressing AND DiPrete, while VERY INTELLIGENT, is not the best communicator or animated speaker. I cannot emphasize enough how unprepared I felt for that final paper and how long and laborious the process of writing it was. The paper has to be grounded in the course theme, but cannot be too lofty or general. He urges you to pull a topic from the readings, but they are so boring and hard to understand. The only solace about this course was that it only met one day a week so when it was over every Tuesday I sighed the biggest relief ever and dreaded the next Tuesday rolling around.
Again, DiPrete is a nice dude, but not the finest lecturer. To summarize: you float through the semester, bored, but thinking that everything is okay, but then he hits you with the final paper and all hell breaks loose.