Lively and productive discussions provide the opportunity for students to articulate their points, respond to other students responses, engage in the course material, and become familiar with the political science discipline's terms, language, and arguments. It also increases their stake in attending class, a major benefit of relying on active rather than passive, learning. Discussions are a normal part of my lectures. Presentations and lectures are frequently stopped to get student input and discussion. Below is the discussion prompt, which is present in every syllabus, and lays the ground work for class discussions.