POL SCI 135

International Relations of China

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Richard Baum See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.1 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 2.6

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I love Baum
But I don't understand how he/TA grade us...
I got a A in the midterm but I turned out having a B in my final grade
Why?????
I don't think I did that bad in the final exam....
The readings are really not much, and the materials are interesting...
The only thing I concerned is how do they grade???? Is it impossible for anyone to get an A in this class?

June 29, 2009
Alexei Shevchenko See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 3.3 Workload 4.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.3

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I don't know where the hell all of these good reviews came from. This guy is a grade A scumbag. I am taking his class during the COVID disaster Summer of 2020. Everything is virtual.

From the get go, in the class people started dropping like flies because of his demeanor. He doesn't have actual classes but instead has a monotone lecture over power point slides. A couple of students asked if he could change the recordings because they had trouble hearing it and his response was essentially, it sounds fine and get over it. That was the first red flag. The second was that a couple people asked him to have office hours and he refused and just said to e-mail him. Despite the fact that according to the UCLA Summer Sessions website, professors are required to have at least one hour of office hours a week. Plus with everyone at home during the pandemic, WTF else are you doing anyway that you can't take the time to talk to your students?

He took his sweet time grading the midterms. According to the class group chat the average was a 23 out of 30. He is a stupidly harsh grader. He limited the ID responses to a page each and I think his expectations were way out of line for responses (I say this as a senior with a 4.0). All in all this guy 100% does not give a rats ass about students and is a general POS.

Summer Quarter 2020
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David Wilkinson See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 4.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.1

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I rarely leave any reviews for particular classes or professors, but I decided I had to for this class since I wanted to save GPAs for my fellow students at UCLA. To be honest with all of you, I did not go to the lecture since week 2 and spent only like two hours writing weekly 500-word book review essays required for Friday discussion sections. Participation for those sections are required (which count on 10% of your grade, 1% for each week) but you do NOT need to go to any lectures since he is just reading off slides (literally) and I bet you guys can do it on your own. Required textbooks are mostly available online, and they are really interesting if you delve into them. You will learn a lot about China-U.S. relations and all that kinds of stuff. This class has TONS of opportunities for you to earn up to 28 points of extra credits - 28! It's crazy! Final paper with 5000-word limit worths 26 points... LOL. That is why I could get the easiest A+ of my life by only spending very minimum efforts of two hours a week. I highly recommend to take this class not only for poli sci majors but those from other departments if you do not want to go to lectures, are okay with writing bunch of papers (this class is writing-intensive), and can make it to weekly discussion sections.

Winter Quarter 2019
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