POL SCI 122A

World Order

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Shahin Berenji See Full Profile

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Go to class, take notes from his slides (he doesn't post his slides...usually), study for the exam using the study guides he provides, and you're good! I learned a lot from him. Class can get a little boring since he repeats concepts a lot but the concepts are interesting, he is very passionate about them (especially nuclear weapons), and it just means less stuff to study later. You need to go to class unfortunately to get the notes, but you only need to read the readings that you will be quizzed on (he tells you which ones will be on the quiz). Overall, he was a very friendly, relatable, and intelligent professor and I would take him again. Be aware that the final is like 50% of your grade though so don't fail that.

Spring Quarter 2019
Soumi Chatterjee See Full Profile

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*took this online during the Great Pandemic*

Chatterjee has been one of my favorite professors so far at UCLA. I on a whole am terrified of international relations but he makes it easy to understand. He repeats himself often but not in a helpful way to drill down the information into your brain, rather than in an annoying way. I did the readings the day before the quizzes and watched the lectures the day of the quizzes and got an A on all but one of the quizzes. Our grades were based on eight quizzes but in the middle of the term he decided to drop the lowest score and double the highest score. Great dude. Says "which is to say" a lot.

Spring Quarter 2020
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Jonathan Liljeblad See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.2 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.2

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Worst professor I've had at UCLA (5 year tenure). His tests are ridiculous, if you (god forbid) miss any of his 3 days a week 8am lectures you will live to regret it. The 50 minute lectures are rushed and often wander, and his extreme personal bias is not very encouraging for those attempting to actually learn something new.

The midterm and final were both take homes, and counted for 40% and 60% of the total grade respectively. The midterm was given in the midst of a busy 5th week, and consisted of 5 short ID's and 3 essays. The grading was ridiculous, and I can only imagine the nightmare those who did not attend lecture consistently encountered if they tried to use the skimpy readings to get anything more than a C. The final was something of a case study, and contained two parts (a short ID sort of essay and a much longer essay which was horribly put vague). If you wander from his violently liberal material, you will assuredly fail. In short, if you have no issue sitting through rushed and poorly organized 50 minute lectures at 8 am three times a week, and have no opinions of your own you're probably in position for a high B or A.

On a personal level Liljeblad is kind of strange. He's USC JD and Political Science PhD, and is intelligent but definitely falls under ivory tower category. He speaks down to you, and has very little interest in teaching anyone who is not already liberally inclined. He has very little interest in general in people, and seemed to only favor students who were heavily interested in the sort of conceptual issues he was.

Classes like this are a bit of a joke in my opinion. Certain professors, often unqualified younger ones who are not full professors, are given far too much leeway to teach classes like this one. This course was a mess of one man's heavily biased unscientific opinions, and had little to do with what was suggested by the title or the synopsis given. You'll clearly see the difference when taking a course with a more experienced professor, and there are many far better ones in the department. I believe Liljeblad was laid off, which was long overdue. If he does ever rear his head again, steer clear unless you share his environmental views and liking for children's cartoons.

June 28, 2009
Susanne Lohmann See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Lohmann is a very passionate professor who really cares about her subject material. She sometimes talks a little fast and goes on tangents, but she's able to relate everything back to what she's teaching. She's really knowledgeable about climate change and talking about shifting data trends.

She's also incredibly sweet and really into hearing from her students, so it's very easy to ask questions or discuss your opinions with her! The work is manageable, but you need to put effort into it. This is a professor who will help you if you ask, and wants you to succeed, so take advantage of it.

She is hands down one of the best professors I've taken at UCLA, highly recommend her as a professor.

Sept. 7, 2015
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