POL SCI 20

World Politics

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Richard Anderson See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.8

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This class is really interesting and generally easy. I hardly read the book with the exception of the definitions outlined in the margins and did well on both the midterms and the final. You will write two papers for this class. The first one, where we picked a book out of YRL, read it, and wrote a report on it which addressed many of the topics discussed in class. I did well on this paper because I sort of planned it out as I was reading. The most daunting part of it, actually, was the 2500 word minimum requirement. The second paper was a lot more difficult because the prompt was so broad and unclear that I--and many other students, from what I could tell from the massive amounts of email that Anderson sent out--struggled to even start the paper, let alone fill up 8 pages. Professor Anderson is good at presenting sides of an argument that you may not have considered in order to force you to think. His exams are very fair, testing mainly broad concepts, but the wording tends to be the hard part. If you can access past exams somehow, do so!

Dec. 27, 2008
Shahin Berenji Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
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Shahin Berenji See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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Russell Burgos See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.9 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.3

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n addition to Poli Sci 20, I also took Global Studies 1 with Burgos in spring quarter. He is very clear about what is going to be on the final, to the point where he stamps his feet at critical points in the lecture and highlights important phrases on his powerpoint slides in red. However, it's your job to take his hints and study them.

Feb. 12, 2009
Ron Gurantz See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Selling 3rd EDITION of "World Politics" by Friedman/Lake/Schultz.
It's a required text for POL SCI 20. Great condition.
Contact for details 323-447-9509

Spring Quarter 2015
Robert Hager See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.9 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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This is the worst professor I have ever had. First of all, he is extremely conservative, and his entire class is based around the fact that he is conservative. The first thing he will tell you is that he is a "Republican, which means real American." And if he finds out that you are not conservative, he will give you lower grades because of it. Second of all, he has about 50 slides each class filled with text that he just reads off of during lecture. Thirdly, he lies about the facts in order to make Republican presidents, like Bush and Reagan, look better. Lastly, he is extremely rude to any students who ask him questions or visit him in his office hours. If you have any option at all, do not take this class.

Sept. 13, 2009
Leslie Johns See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.2

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I have never bothered to submit a rating, but I feel obligated to share this with future students who might suffer her the way I and 349 other students had to.

You never need to go to lecture. Her lectures are summaries of the books. I recommend the latter. Her method of lecturing is incredibly annoying. Every other word that comes out of her mouth is. "mkay?" or "right?" This sounds absurd, that a professor of her supposed caliber has a tick like this. You never know if she's teaching you something or unsure of herself. And she bounces, literally bounces when she talks. Most professors might pace a little, but she bounces. If you are a student who cannot pay attention to professors who have irritating teaching habits, you will not learn from her.

She is utterly unwilling to help her students. On Finals week, after ignoring her students' emails, she sent an e-mail saying
"I'm very sorry, but I simply can't provide each of you with... answers that you want. This class is just way too large for me... As you prepare for the exam, my best advice is just to study your lecture notes and the course readings. I know that this must be frustrating, but it's the inevitable consequence of being in an intro-level class with over 350 fellow students"

In other words,I don't care about your questions, just read the book. I know it sucks, but it's your fault for taking this course.

She sent out an email and canceled one of her lectures 3 hours prior to when the lecture should have started because she "had a migraine". She spent 5 minutes on the skipped lecture's material at the next lecture.

All of the classmates I have interacted and/or studied with have said that the TA's never know what professor Johns has planned. When we asked them how we should plan for the midterm and final, they all gave the same answer: a shrug and an "I honestly have no idea, she doesn't tell us anything."
Needless to say, we all went into the exam blind and armed with only what the textbook had to teach us.

My Conclusion, Do not take her course if you can help it.

March 25, 2012
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Deborah Larson See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Selling 3rd EDITION of "World Politics" by Friedman/Lake/Schultz.
It's a required text for POL SCI 20. Great condition.
Contact for details 323-447-9509

Winter Quarter 2016
Dov Levin See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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Really, really, really strong accent that takes a long time to get used to. Not a standard Israeli accent, like, a strong one and he also yells in this high voice and sounds like a muppet. But actually not a super complex class, pay attention to slides (not super helpful to go to lecture) and you can get by.

Spring Quarter 2016
Eric Min See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 4.2 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.8

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I loved this class and I highly recommend it. Min was very clear during lecture and very helpful before and after class as well as during office hours. Reading the textbook is not necessary, as it basically just regurgitates his lecture, but it was helpful in my opinion. The assessments are multiple choice and easy enough if you study. The discussions and practice midterms and finals were also very helpful. This class gave me an appreciation for and interest in world politics and more awareness about politics in the world outside the US.

Fall Quarter 2019
Earl Thompson See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Selling 3rd EDITION of "World Politics" by Friedman/Lake/Schultz.
It's a required text for POL SCI 20. Great condition.
Contact for details 323-447-9509

Winter Quarter 2016
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