Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar
Fall 2017 - I'm sorry but this class is so sad. After 3 years in the IDS major, I was really looking forward to taking the final senior seminar. Because you need to have completed all the other IDS core classes, you don't have much choice as to which quarter to take this class. If you can, do NOT take 191 with Apter. I fell asleep so many times. He fell asleep during my final presentation. He reads from the books we all already read from homework, making class a waste of time. But participation is 50% of your grade, so you still have to go... The rubric was super vague. 50% participation, 50% final exam (which he had no guidelines for, essay or presentation or mulitmedia). Go take this class with a more interesting professor. If you must take it with Apter, good luck. I've heard he's nice and actually knowledgeable in office hours.
Fall 2018 - Dr. Lorena Fuentes was a wonderful human being and an eloquent lecturer to say the least. However, I do feel it necessary to include to recommend future students to NOT take this class. Although her material was very interesting, she offered little to no guidance on the final 16-page research paper that was required to complete the course. I understand that this is a senior seminar and I am more than capable of writing and conducting my own research. However, she chose to leave to Chile for two weeks, of a very short 10-week term, to conduct her own business, where she had limited access to email and was not responsive. This is not the behavior of a professor that wants their students to succeed and for that reason, she is not a good candidate to take this incredibly dense class with.