Introduction to Comparative Politics
Spring 2021 - Professor Blair and the TA's are on your team in this class- which is an odd and unfamiliar feeling at a school that's so big like UCLA. They were so accessible and I was so appreciative of how supported I was by them. If there are negative reviews of this class, please take them with a grain of salt- it was Prof. Blair's first run of teaching ps 50, but nevertheless, it was a wonderful class. The only things it required of you were your time for an hour and 15 minutes twice a week for the lectures (which aren't really lectures but rather groupwork time) and about an hour/hour and a half outside of class to engage with the readings/podcasts that were assigned online. So, really if you put minimal effort into the class and just try a little to understand what's going on, you will go far. The professor and TA's were super duper helpful!!! Cesar was amazing- I absolutely adored him as a TA and Prof. Blair was always so great, too. I totally recommend going to the discussion sessions even though they were voluntary. Prof. Blair is such an angel and was so flexible and responsive to feedback. I seriously could not sing his praises high enough. I think a lot of people were intimidated initially and were stuck in a headspace thinking that the class was "hard and unfair," but I think that mentality led them to not try and they might have manifested the class to seem unfair or hard, but it really just isn't a hard class.