POL SCI 169

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

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Bojan Petrovic Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Benjamin Radd Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Tyson Roberts See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness 1.5

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Would not recommend this class at all. Not only was it disorganized, but the material was confusing and we had to take daily quizzes online before class. The quizzes were atrocious, and were so hard and confusing with multiple answers seeming like it could be corrected. There was a lot of reading that was mandatory since the quizzes nitpicked random facts from them, and the midterm was really hard. The only reason I got an A in this class is because the final was cancelled due to COVID-19. Otherwise, I would have probably flunked it.

Winter Quarter 2020
Ronald Rogowski See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Rogowski is a great professor. There are no slides, and the entire lecture is him talking, but my class was small enough to where he took more of a Socratic method approach. The class was on Fascism and I definitely walked out of the class knowing a lot more about the subject. He is always available to talk to if you need help understanding the readings, and he would even go out of his way to meet with me on days that his office hours were not scheduled on. Definitely take a class with him if you want to learn, if you want an easy class where you can skip lectures and not do the readings, don't take a class with him.

Spring Quarter 2019
Michael Ross Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Mark Sawyer See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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I did study abroad with Professor Sawyer in Puerto Rico with the hopes that he could be my adviser for research. It was the best decision of my life to take that trip, because him as my adviser would have been TERRIBLE! He was more concerned being on vacation than teaching us anything- all he did was tell stories about his own life that barely had anything to do with the course material. He was unapproachable and really made me feel like I had wasted my money and time being there (IN PUERTO RICO! Seriously smh).

I don't know how he is in an actual classroom at UCLA, but I won't bother trying to find out. His lack of professionalism and uninvolved attitude has put me off ever wanting to take a class with him again.

Nov. 2, 2012
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Giulia Sissa Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Daniel Treisman See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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I took Treisman for PS169: The Roots of Democracy. I thought I would end up dreading the class based on the seemingly boring nature of the material, but I ended up really enjoying it. Treisman's lectures are clear, simple, and to the point. He uses very accessible language, which I like. He never rushes through lecture and is always willing to answer students' questions. He also ends class early most of the time.

The midterm and final exams are six-page take home essays. There are two prompt options for each. It's pretty straightforward, but the TAs can be hard graders.

Overall, I definitely recommend taking Treisman!

June 16, 2012
Kathryn Wainfan See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.6

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Most of the reviews for Wainfan’s classes have an element of truth to them (she can be harsh on students, she’s newer to teaching and could improve, and the readings are a LOT to handle, especially if you fall behind) but to me it just seems like a lot of poli sci students love to just complain if they can’t skip class, not do the readings, and still get an easy A. This class was hard, but I felt like I learned so much about critically analyzing published academic research and critiquing methods and models used. The truth is you don’t really need to do ALL the readings but it’s helpful to be able to understand discussion about the readings during class so that you have something to say for midterm/essay/final. I also thought her slides and lectures were thoughtfully put together and intentionally relevant. She often would include articles from the week of class on current events. Most poli sci classes taught by professors who are smart/distinguished but could not care less about the class and just recycle old material and tests and essay prompts year after year; this class is not that at all, which I appreciated.

Winter Quarter 2019
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