POL SCI 138B

International Politics, 1914 to the Present

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Shahin Berenji See Full Profile

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Well. How should I begin? As an IR concentration student, having taken quite a lot of international relations classes already, I thought this class would be another fascinating and exciting class, especially as it involves one of the most exciting periods for IR: Cold War. Well, I guess I was wrong. Of all the classes I have taken so far, this is the only class that I decided to leave a comment for. After being deceived by a post on Reddit as well as a previous review from the earlier quarter, I thought this class would be great and interesting. But, I was wrong. Like many others who took the class in Winter of 2020, I am frustrated by the disorganized structure of the class, forcing us to commit our time and efforts to accommodate with him. As we all know, winter of 2020 was a difficult time for many of us due the unfortunate public health crisis. Well, instead of alleviating the stress for his students, he made sure that both the final and the final papers are being graded tougher, as he claims that "we had more time". Okay, that is fine, but I do not understand why he made us to purchase all these pricey materials, when very little of the materials were incorporated on the exams. In addition, I have no idea how most of us got such a low final grade. For me, my midterm score was 96%, and I scored full score for all quizzes. I also completed the extra credit quiz. Yet, after both the final exam where I scored a 90% and the final paper where I scored 88%, I end up receiving a B+ for the overall class grade. This is absurd, because while other professors have made the class fairly accommodating, he made the class harder by curving under a b.s. scale. If you guys still want to take this class, fine. But do not come back and complain about it as many of the Winter 2020 students have already provided warnings regarding the class. If I had known that earlier, I would not have given up my 3.8ish GPA for this class, especially during my last quarter. This is absurd and insane. Screw this class.

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