GLBL ST 1

Introduction to Global Studies

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John Agnew See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.1 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.0

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Occassionally funny professor who is very knowledgeable in global studies. His powerpoints are a general outline of what will be discussed, so def attend class.

Tips:
-don't buy the course reader and save your money, it's $40, you can find all the journal articles you need for the class on scholar.google.com (sometimes they're linked on the syllabus)

Lvl of difficulty:
-pretty hard, but it's kinda do-able

Midterm:
-class average was a 75/100 (sux I know), mostly bc the wording of the questions wasn't clear on what he was looking for so TAs would dock off students' answers. not fair tho, talk to your TA if you feel like your grade was not justified.
-BE SURE to focus on the graphs he posts on his slides, know why they're important

Final is 50% of your grade:
-is cumulative
-study study study
-go to TA office hours

Fall Quarter 2017
Russell Burgos See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 2.5

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I don't usually evaluate professors but I thought this would be helpful to future GS1 students.

Burgos is a very good lecturer. The concepts he teaches are nothing you ever learned. They are abstract and sometimes vague. His opinions diverge from the author of the GS1 textbook and you have to keep track of who agrees with what. The toughest part of this class is taking notes. He puts up very broad headings on the slides and discusses each of them thoroughly. So I suggest you record lectures or write down most of what he says.

Ultimately though, your grade depends on your TA. As a Global Studies major, I took this class very seriously. I never missed section or discussion, always sat in the front, read the book, paid close attention, studied everything and left the final confidently. I ended up with a B. The point is that as smart as you are and as much as you study the tests are tricky. They're not hard, it's just you never know what is important to study most. And then when you're confident and expect at least an A-, you're surprised to find out you got a B. I advise you to become pals with your TA and go to office hours, because he or she will decide your grade.

Dec. 21, 2011
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Francoise Lionnet Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Adina Matisoff See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 3.1 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.3

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Cons: time management is bad. This is just a recent example that I remember, but there are plenty of other times: she spent 15 minutes explaining how to complete the course evaluations during lecture, but it ended up that the evaluations were pass due so that was for naught. Basically she spends too much time over explaining and over complicating things that could be said in a much more succinct manner. She’s reluctant to discuss grades and is slightly passive aggressive when it’s brung up. There was only one grade inputted and the rest were inputted the day grades were due, so the class was left in the dark about grades.

Grade breakdown:

20% discussion posts - this required a lot of elbow grease and for what. group based work

20% podcast - group based. Decently easy imo, but could vary based on the topic you’re given

10% film paper

5% final reflection paper - you gotta write about what you learned in the class and what you liked/ didn’t like in the class.

5% office hour meeting

40% final research paper - write about covid and how it impacted global regulatory systems. Prompts gonna vary per quarter I suppose.

Overall this class was fine, but it was a lot of work and combined with the bad time management and late grading left a bad taste.

Summer Quarter 2020
Shaina Potts See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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Professor Potts is absolutely amazing and the most passionate professor I've had at UCLA. She confirmed my interest in adding Global Studies as my second major, and I have so much respect for her. The lectures are very organized and engaging, and you can really tell how intelligent and kind she is. I was blown away. The tests are fair because if you study, you can do well. Don't spend too much time on the short response questions because some people felt there wasn't enough time on the essay portion, but Potts compensated for that by adding extra points. The TAs care a lot and provide feedback on your papers, so the key to doing well is by running your ideas through them before writing the whole thing. Your writing should be comprehensive because this is a Global Studies class where most people are good at writing. This is a class where about half get an A/A-, but you can "easily" get an A IF you put in the work to study and write strong papers. Effort is the key, and it is more than fair considering how much Potts and the TAs care about your learning. I wished the slides had more in-depth information, but I think Potts structures it this way to encourage people to come to class and participate. Discussion is mandatory, but they were productive and allowed me to understand the material better. Potts balances empathy and logic very well; she wants to be fair but is also willing to accommodate you. Take this class with an amazing professor!

Fall Quarter 2019
David Rigby Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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