Problems in 20th-Century Political Theory

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Joshua Dienstag See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.3

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Professor Dienstag is a very intelligent person with a lot of valuable insight to offer. My class was small and discussion based so I did not get to witness his ability to lecture and teach very much. However, he gave great insight to the works we were examining. I only wish he was more approachable in his demeanor with students and presenting a more open, comfortable environment when discussing to help students feel more empowered to speak. At times, it did not seem like he respected our ideas. But otherwise, he is an excellent Professor and worth taking particularly if you are interested in theory.

Dec. 5, 2008
Raymond Rocco See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Professor Rocco has a very structured lecture routine-ppt. slides that are setup purposively, something he doesn't stray far from. In lecture it is largely one sided communication, with inquiry limited to his limited office hours. He is very knowledgable about the material, which is really interesting on its own (Marcuse, Freire and Gramsci), and he gives a good explanation of their respective theories in layman terms. The reading isn't absolutely required for the class since he gives all the material he requires on the final in lecture, but it does help a lot (especially with Gramsci). This class is helpful for theory/philosophy of institutional power, political organizing, critical pedagogy, etc.
I would suggest this class for someone already interested in the subject, maybe not for someone who is bedazzled by the title and thinks it a glamour course: the final essays are not glamorous. But I would suggest opting in for the weekly page responses, comprising up to 25% of your grade. It takes a lot of pressure of your otherwise sole determinator of your grade-the final.
I also took Rocco for PS10, and I would suggest taking him for upperdiv rather than the lower- he cares more.

Dec. 29, 2011
David Wilkinson See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.4

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Totally agree with previous person. The guy is a sad, sad, caricature of a professor. Delivers on the silly theatrics (voice, choice of words, nasty jacket), but NO substance at all. How come this guy still teach?

Aug. 25, 2009
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