POL SCI 139

Special Studies in International Relations

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Maxim Ananyev Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Negussay Ayele See Full Profile

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I had Professor Ayele last quarter for his Ralph Bunche class. I truly enjoyed this class and found the professor to be very knowledgeable and enthusiatic about the subject. It is clear that Professor Ayele holds Dr. Bunche in the highest regard. Our quarter long project was a UN simulation. The class broke into 6 groups of opposing countries and we had to conduct a mock UN session between these countries, 2 at a time. Although it was sometimes difficult to get everything organized because of scheduling conflicts, this turned out to be a really fun exercise. My group set up a googlegroup account and this worked well. In the end, I made some really great friends and we all learned alot. If you are a student who needs a lot of hand holding by the professor, this isn't the class for you. We had a good reader who helped as much as he could because the professor expects you to do everything on your own. He isn't very clear on what the exams will entail, just make sure you have studied your notes and kept up with the reading. The midterm and final were not difficult at all, and the readings are very good. Overall I thought Professor Ayele was excellent. He is a bit soft spoken, so sit close to the front.

Jan. 8, 2010
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S Baradaran Full Profile > 1.0 Overall 1.7 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.3 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness
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Shaiel Ben-Ephraim See Full Profile

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He has harassed female students at UCLA and has Title IX investigations pending against him. He has also been outed for being a predator of underage women. AVOID HIM and tell your friends--he needs to be fired ASAP.

Winter Quarter 2017
Shahin Berenji See Full Profile

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Let me start this review off by saying that Berenji is an amazing lecturer and professor. He really cares about his students and is very clearly passionate about what he teaches. He clearly knows what he's talking about and is very enthusiastic about all that he teaches. But I will say this class is difficult. This was by far the most difficult political science course I've taken at UCLA, and needless to say I was extremely stressed the entire quarter. Even with spending a whole week studying for this class and putting in a lot of time into it I still could barely get a B. The exam essays are harshly graded, and you have to explain each subject you bring up in detail within the time constraints or else you won't get a good grade. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this class if you're looking for something that isn't very difficult or stressful. If you plan on taking Berenji, plan on being overwhelmed the majority of the quarter. Good Luck.

Fall Quarter 2019
Eric Bordenkircher See Full Profile

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The first day of class is very promising, as Eric comes across as knowledgable and personable... DO NOT LET THIS FOOL YOU! His structure is incomprehensible and his attempt to use the Socratic method in teaching falls flat. He teaches using powerpoint slides that appear to have been created 10 min before class. He leads every lecture with questions, eg. "What is culture? Does culture matter? " (very elementary to me) without EVER providing any nuanced answers. He tries to use big words to sound like he knows the subject, but ultimately allows outdated YouTube videos and propaganda (which a student called him out on and he flustered through the entire class) to teach. The book assignment was actually a good read, but no one knew their grade going in to the final and the final itself was a wild card because even he said he didn't know what the final would look like until 3 days before. Eric has unique style, but ultimately should be the cool high school or middle school teacher. How he ended up with a teaching job at UCLA is beyond me. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS

Winter Quarter 2016
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Russell Burgos See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.5

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I don't understand why people blame professors. This is not a community college. I think students who they really should blame is the TA's. Bruinwalk should have a TA section instead of a Professor one. They are the one's who grade our work, have their personal opinions and give us our grade. Yes Professors can be boring, but they don't grade papers nor are they to be judged completely. I took Prof Burgos for Glob 1 and it was the worst experience I ever had. The class is too broad, too much for a lower division class and if you have a stupid opiniated TA than your out of luck. Professor's lectures are very disorganized, but I can't say he's hard because he doesn't grade our exams, it's the TA's who do so. Overall, not recommended whatsoever unless the TA is nice and easy grader

Dec. 22, 2009
Michael Danielson Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Ron Gurantz See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Gurantz is a great professor. He is very straight-forward in his lecture style. No BS. I've taken two classes with him and learned much more than professors who try to complicate their class with absurd theories and terminology they came up with in their research that no one actually uses. Highly recommend Ron!

Spring Quarter 2016
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