POL SCI 120A

Foreign Relations of the U.S.

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Russell Burgos Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Robert Hager See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.4 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 2.4

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I went to class five times the entire quarter: the first day, the midterm review, to turn in my midterm paper, the final review and to turn in my final paper. I still got an A after writing both papers (6-8 pages) in 6 hours each. All you need to do to get an A is read the sections that are important to your paper topic and follow the essay format Hager recommends. The readings he assigns are fairly interesting too. Easy. Take Hager; I plan on taking him again in the future.

June 22, 2010
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Deborah Larson See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.2 Workload 1.9 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 3.9

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Fantastic professor. Cares so much about students and gives incredibly interesting lectures. On top of that lectures are super organized and fun to learn. Take every class you can from her, she's a fantastic woman

Winter Quarter 2016
Alexei Shevchenko See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.0

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Took this course online amidst a global pandemic and very disappointed by how it was structured -- your grade consists of a midterm (short essays identifying terms and concepts), which counts for 30%, and a final paper, which is 70%. Lectures are uploaded as PowerPoints with pre-recorded audios in the slides. The recordings are long and boring and sometimes difficult to hear. Only two office-hr sessions throughout the quarter. Not responsive to emails. Overall, it turned out to be completely opposite of what I expected, given the good reviews he has here, and I regret wasting my tuition on a class that I learned practically nothing from.

Summer Quarter 2020
Dane Swango See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 2.2

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Professor Swango is a knowledgeable professor...but he has a serious problem with teaching it to students. I took him for 120B. His style of teaching consists of just recapping the videos, which overlap the readings, is very lethargic. He's unenthusiastic and while the material is engaging, he somehow manages to mess with it. Would not recommend, take with caution.

Sept. 7, 2011
Marc Trachtenberg See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.8

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TAKE THIS CLASS! your grade is based entirely on your T.A. so pray you don't get one that sucks. James Lo is a good T.A. so if you get him as you T.A. you'll be fine. As for the class itself there is not reason to show up, ever..... he posts the videos on line and if for some reason you wanted to watch it you can do so in the comfort of your room.

Feb. 24, 2009
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Robert Trager See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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I thought Trager was alright. I had him for Poli Sci 20 Spring 2010. He reads of his slides which makes lecture pretty boring. He is a nice guy overall. If you go to office hours he really tries to answer your questions and appreciates references to course readings. The class was a midterm, final and a paper. There was a big time crunch on the midterm when he said there wouldn't be. The final was ok, not nearly as bad as the midterm. The paper was cake, but the topic was not that interesting. He had you turn in a first and second draft of the paper each worth 10%. It was just like a guarantee you would get a higher grade on the second draft. This class was fine, not the most interesting but overall it was ok.

July 8, 2010
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