Theories of Economic Growth and Development
Winter 2017 - Professor Osei is one of the only Econ teachers I like to recommend because she is an excellent lecturer and doesn't drown students in the material to review. I think her whole approach is to keep it light and keep it simple enough to be memorable. Her midterm covered some early chapters, and then the final was more in detail with two chapters. There is always a case study paper that needs to be submitted and is graded by a doctorate student--which you can't ask for feedback. Overall, the class is great to take as an elective, and the professor is there for support if you ask for it. The paper is somewhat tedious, but it shouldn't be a problem for people who start early. Work hard for the midterm and case study. Also, tattoo the two chapters for the final on your eyelids preferably. Check out her Labor Econ (Econ 150) class! It's about the same style for both classes.
Summer 2021 - One of the best econ classes ever!!! I am so happy I took this class. Professor Osei is so wonderful, knowledgeable, and kind. She was always willing to explain concepts very well during the lecture or even after reaching out to her. There were practice questions posted about every week to practice concepts and math learned during class. There was also a live discussion to facilitate understanding and discussion. My favorite part was the case studies we individually worked on through the quarter on a specific country. There were also 2 midterms and a final. The questions were extremely fair. I felt the level of difficulty was very very appropriate with what we learned and I sincerely appreciate that. I am not sure how the course would be structured if this was a regular quarter; however, I felt summer was perfect for it. I didn't feel rushed and I genuinely learned so much that I had felt I was missing as an econ major. Good luck!
Fall 2020 - This is one of my favorite classes at UCLA. I always like those professors who have a true passion for what they are teaching, and I think Professor Osei definitely loves what she teaches even in this pandemic period. The topic is development economics so we covered a lot of information about various countries around the world -- even the poorest countries in Africa. It is just so exciting to learn about theories of how to develop a country. Maybe not everyone gets the chance to change the fate of a country, but remember we all are part of some country or organization. The assignments are also meaningful -- you pick a country and research thoroughly about it and write case studies throughout the quarter. This makes me an "expert" at the country I selected lol. I would say the final is easy as long as you study at the same pace as Professor Osei wants you to. If you are considering taking econ upper div, choose Professor Osei and you would not regret it.
ATTENTION!.. disregard the previous comments!.. people! you do ur work you'll be finE!.. u dONT u'll end up w/ a bad grade! thas how it works. his lecture is TOTALLy straight forward.. EXACTLY as the book! he'll add little things here and there to the reading (his own comments). NOT much reading!!!! - do the reading (KEY b/c his lecture is exactly the same and exams are same also) - outline it (or take notes as u go along) - study ur notes - don't focus on minor details - know concepts (flash cards help) - BULLET on the exam.. he really does NOT care aobut nice essays.. it's an ECON class !!! not english.. - that's how i did it.. and i'm on my way to an A in the class! as a teacher: - NOT even all that bad! ... WEIRd sense of humor.. but made us laugh SEVERAL times, which in turn makes class more fun... exams: TOTALLy straight forward. nothing weird.. You'll even be able to tell what is going to be on the exam.. Reading the previous comments i was TOTALLY scared to take him!.. but he turned out to be one of the BETTER teachers. it's a kick back class. do readings when due.. outline.. memorize .. u'll be finE! good luck