Spring 2022 - This class was definitely easy to understand. You'll always hear that Branstetter is a nice professor, and that's because it's 100% true. While he did not offer extra credit for this course, attendance was not mandatory. He records his lectures and slides and puts them on BruinLearn. I did not attend any lectures, but I was able to pass by reading the book and skimming the lectures when it was time for a quiz.
Professor Dienstag is super passionate about continental philosophy-real big into Nietzsche and Rousseau. He makes the ideas of tough thinkers like Hegel and Nietzsche comprehendible to everyone, even though I wouldn't say this is an easy class by any measure. The texts are dense, but it's all stuff that is understandable with a little bit of strenuous political theory wherewithall. This man is extremely intelligent!! Just jump on and take Dienstag's ride to pessimistic excellence!
I took Public Policy 10A (Intro) with Professor Stoll and it was pretty chill. There are three policy memos and two midterms but they're all quite manageable. The reading for this class is to the point (not dense) and Stoll's teaching style is very down-to-earth. He often engages the class in discussion (tying policy theories to current events) and he's pretty funny. If you put enough effort into this class, you will do well. Final grade: A+