POL SCI 10

Introduction to Political Theory

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John Branstetter See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.9 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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PS 10 with Branstetter 100% depends on your TA. Personally, my TA was really full of herself and graded pretty harshly. But other friends in the class had better and nicer TAs and ended up with better grades even with the same amount and quality of work. Branstetter is kind of a boring lecturer but he's entertaining enough. Lectures really aren't that necessary, but the reading definitely is. I've heard this was the hardest PS lower div and it was to me.

Winter Quarter 2019
Joshua Dienstag See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.9 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.1

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It is not necessarily the lecture that is the problem, but unbelievably harsh grading by the TA's, especially Kye Barker, who seems more concerned in his opinion than the actual material presented in class. Have had several discussions to which I am spellbound at this particular T.A.'s departure from how papers should be formed. Will argue with you that a thesis needs to have a quote. Expect to learn things and even enjoy texts from the lecture, however see all the fun dry up as you continue to have to have each of the texts PRECISELY worded and defined in the way in which the T.A. would. If you care about good grades, this will drive you out of your mind. No matter how many office hours you spend, they will either "like" or "dislike" your writing. Never mind rubrics, fairness, and the classic structure of essay writing, but instead get roadblock after roadblock, inability to formulate original thought without penalty, and find the essays you write in this class to be nearly impossible without telepathy or simply the off chance the TA will like your writing style. If you like your G.P.A., do NOT take this class, especially if run by TA Kye Barker!!!!

Winter Quarter 2016
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Megan Gallagher Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Davide Panagia See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.1 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.9

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1. Aighty, so I was mindblown about every other lecture, so lectures were actually enjoyable.

2. I pretty much never did the reading, so I took extensive notes in lecture and just from that had enough content on the reading material for the three writing assignments.

3. Your grade is made up of three writing assignments and participation. Each category is 25%.

In conclusion, this class wasn't much work for a great learning experience. Would recommend. Also Prof Panagia is hilarious and I'm still trying to place his accent. (Midwest? Texas?)

Fall Quarter 2019
Tyson Roberts See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.3

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Took Stats 10 with him - it was his first time teaching it. His lectures were all ppt based, and though he seemed to be engaged with the class, ultimately it felt like he's just reading off the slides and not teaching the concepts. If I hadn't taken AP stats, I would not have understand most of what was presented in class.
Course had weekly hw, biweekly labs, two midterms, final - there is no curve! final grade is what it is based on score on all assignments.

Dec. 23, 2015
Raymond Rocco See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Definitely one of the worst professors I've taken at UCLA. He doesn't really care about you learning anything. I've attended every single lecture, took extensive notes and he gave me a C in the class. He doesn't have the notion of positive feedback, seeing as his criticism on the essays due were: "This concept is wrong" or "Not necessarily true". In addition, when asked if I could go over the grade of the paper in detail, he replied with: "I believe that students lack the expertise and the knowledge of the subject to discuss grades with me"
At the same time I was taking an upper division course, and putting in the same amount of work for each class, I received an A in the upper division course, and a C in the lower division course. How does that make sense?

Sept. 12, 2011
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Giulia Sissa See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.6

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The key to happiness is found in not taking this class. First of all her lectures are all over the place and her slides are some of the most unhelpful I've ever stumbled upon. Going to class is mandatory since she has an unidentified number of pop quizzes throughout the quarter. T.As are TOUGH graders too, they don't give you that long to address a question but expect you to hit EVERY criterion PERFECTLY. I had a terrible time and I guarantee if you take it, you will too. It doesn't even matter whether what we read was interesting or not because she is so all over the place it is really not worth it. Save yourself the stress and save your GPA by not enrolling in this class.

Spring Quarter 2018
Michael Stoll See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Class taken: Pub Pol 10A
To be perfectly honest, this guys personality just bugs the hell out of me. If I'm sticking to the criticism of the class and his teaching, the books are interesting, and the policy memos are graded difficultly but actually teach you a valuable skill. I cannot say the same about the rest of the class. I usually went (just because I had class right before and after) but spent the entire time on bbc or cnn. Because after a half hour explanation of what inflation is, I figured out that everything you need to know can be learned from high school econ and you know, not living in a cave. Stoll's just smug, and assumes a great level of idiocy in his students. Except on the policy memos, where he expects you to be perfect... Don't let it keep you away from the minor though, once you start picking your own classes its good!

Feb. 10, 2012
Cody Trojan Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Brian Walker See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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Professor Walker is honestly the best professor I have had at UCLA. He is extremely engaging and his love for political philosophy is contagious. You will walk out wanting to be a theory concentration. The class is really easy if you just do the readings, which are not long at all. There are pop quizzes, but he tells you ahead of time when they will be happening. The essays are easy too. Definitely take the class and engage in it. You won't regret it!

Feb. 18, 2013
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