Special Studies in Comparative Politics: Development Economics for Political Scientist

Description: Lecture, three or four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Preparation: two courses in Field IV. Designed for juniors/seniors. Intensive examination of one or more special problems appropriate to comparative politics. Sections offered on regular basis, with topics announced in preceding term. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 4.0
Easiness 4.0/ 5
Clarity 4.0/ 5
Workload 3.5/ 5
Helpfulness 4.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2021 - Professor Lofchie is easily one of my favorite professors I have ever had the pleasure of taking in my 6+ years of college across multiple campuses. Professor Lofchie is extremely knowledgeable and has immense experience over countless disciplines. He is very friendly, welcoming, and understanding. With that being said, he is an older gentleman with a more old-school teaching style/expectations. If you attend lecture, keep your camera on, and ask questions, I assure you you will do just fine. Student participation in this course for some odd reason was extremely low with two cameras on and the same two people participating which was slightly disheartening for myself and the professor. One important thing to note is his hesitation to record lectures in an effort to maintain a higher student turnout during his live lectures was surely influenced by this low student participation throughout the quarter. This personally did not affect me because I attend lecture regardless, but I understand this is a deal breaker for some students. Professor Lofchie took into consideration the accommodations some students required, and went ahead and began recording lectures for these reasons. This quarter's workload consisted of multiple readings (of which he provided free of charge), and was graded on only two reasonably sized essays that drew from the knowledge and experiences from both lecture and the readings. Professor Lofchie has a great heart and much to share. He really does his best to ensure his students learn something valuable. I would highly recommend any poli sci or economics student take at least one of his courses and develop a great relationship with this man who has much to share and give. It truly was a pleasure.
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