Ideology and Development in World Politics
This is for course 167D; it was not listed as an option. I have never taken the time to write an evaluation of a professor, given that I am easily pleased and disinclined to write negative reviews. Professor GOlden was not a particularly bad lecturer, nor were her homework or reading assignments unreasonable. I received nearly 100% on the 4 homework assignments and 97% on the midterm. Homework is worth 40% of the total grade and the midterm 20%. Participation accounts for 10% and the final 30%. I attended all the lectures and was present for both quizzes, although I scored poorly on the second one, but so did the rest of the class. And yet I received a B!!! FML! BY a conservative calculation, assuming I only received 5% of the participation points (although discussion and lecture attendance account for some of the grade)and that there was no curve, I would have had to have gotten a D on the final in order to get a B in the class. And by no means am I the only one to receive a grade lower than expected. The day grades came out 3 other people texted me complaining about their grade. All had A's going into the final, and ended up with a B-. The course was not particularly difficult, but the grading is whack! I got an A+ in my three other classes, and one of the upper division courses I was taking was much harder than this class.
167C Political Development One of the most interesting classes I have ever taken at UCLA. The midterm and finals are very clear with what is on them before, so you know what to study (and you actually have to know your stuff) Posner really wants you to learn. he is a great lecturer who picks great TAs (ruth was really helpful). the weekly questions keep you in the loop in case you miss a reading or two. TAKE THIS CLASS
I took IDS 100b with him and seriously i ve never had a professor who says so much random things that dont make sense. he makes you frustrated. I m usually a good student and esp love the subject he's teaching but his tests were so irrational. What the TAs meant by concise is just say the things they think its important but dont tell you whats important. Like the previous reviews, I spent so much time memorizing the 60 terms and prepare them, but the essay on the final was so irrelevant. You just hear a bunch of people go "what??" during the final exam. if you write more than 5 lines you get points deducted. Basically the tests are designed so they can have a easy time grading. This class makes me question the value of my education at ucla and why i m spending money and effort on something so not worth my time.
I took the Govt. of Japan course with Thies. My second poli sci course. I absolutely dreaded it. He keeps on telling the class that he'll curve your grade but honeslty he just ends up giving you a very low grade. Don't take him unless you desperately need to..meaning if his poli sci course is the only open course. Trust me, this is a review you don't want to ignore..