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Overall, this class wasn't very difficult. Our weekly homework was a 400-500 word paragraph responding to a question the professor asks about the lecture material at the beginning of the week. We have until Saturday of that week to respond, which was a very reasonable deadline. Our midterm and final were actually oral exams with your TA and they were open note, so if you prepare well, it's pretty easy to do well on those. The lectures themselves are engaging and professor Moore does a good job of condensing some pretty dense reading into something much more easily understandable. Overall, it's a very interesting class and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fairly easy GE.
Took International and Area Studies 1 with him.
Excellent lecturer and very interesting topics! He talks a lot about current events and sprinkles stories about his studies, his love for cats, and fashion critiques on propaganda posters!
Course is compromised of a midterm, weekly posts, and a final. Readings are crucial, however both he and the TAs (I had Clare Beer - she is an amazing TA!) go over them in full detail.
Take IA 1 with him. Lecture does not count attendance but is helpful if you can go.
Grade break down : 1midterm+ weekly response 350-500+ final+ discussion
TA Beer is extremely nice and helpful! Discussion count attendence and require activeness, But the discussion is very engaging! Grade is not harsh. As long as you try your best, you can definitely do it!
Came into the class thinking it would be alright but the grader during this quarter was super hard so everyone got pretty low grades for the first test (my lowest grade in my entire UCLA career). Thought I knew the material, but guess she wanted more..but it got better as the class went on. The professor is super funny and approachable and lectures are always online right after so super convenient for those who don't want to attend lecture or fall asleep a lot.
tl;dr: difficulty depends on TA, fun teacher
My TA, Nathan, grades easily: he grades the papers generously and he said if you speak up once per section you are ok (I think he said you get full credit because some people in my class don’t like talking but I don’t remember).
Section participation and weekly response papers (30%): discussion seminar, attendance is required and you have to do your own section except if you go to MOGDA’s (maybe) student affairs office.
500 words, get two days to do each essay, assigned on Thursday at the end of lecture, due Saturday at 5 pm (every TA has the same deadline)
There are seven weeks of response papers and section discussions and he throws out the lowest score.
There is one midterm and a final, which are mostly several essay questions with a few true-false questions.
The final is not cumulative
Attend an International Institute event
international.ucla.edu/institute/events, check regularly, schedule 3-4 weeks ahead
Write a short paper (around 750 words)
REACH OUT TO THE ORGANIZERS FOR RSVP, IF SMALL EVENT GETS OVERWHELMED
Book, Collier’s “The Bottom Billion”, is cheap, easy to find online for free probably, other readings are posted
This class is divided into two parts. The first section covers political and economic issues central to international studies such as democratization and economic development. The second half of the course focuses on social and cultural issues with a global significance such as transnational migration and climate change.
The teacher said you don’t have to go to lecture: the lectures are recorded and the slides are posted a bit before lecture. He says people who go to lectures do better but idk.
There is a different topic every day.
The teacher is cool and really expressive. I like how he teaches with examples because this class has relatively little to memorize, at least in theory. The class gets involved in the lecture, even though many people take the class for a GE.
Literally the easiest class you will ever take. You don't have to go to lecture, the slides are posted and it's bruincasted. There are weekly response papers due every week which are 3-4 pages and due at Saturday 5 pm (they're assigned 48 hours in advance basically) that are kind of annoying but pretty easy to do. The actual content isn't hard, there's just a lot. In addition to the weekly papers there's a midterm and a final, both of which were 5 T/F and 3 essay questions which you just had to know the content by heart for; not much analysis required. There's also a paper due on any event sponsored by the international institute.
He's a good professor just kind of dry. What made this class worth it for me was my TA, Cameron Brandt, she was the coolest and super helpful, try and take her if you can.
This class was fairly easy. He gives a ton of readings throughout the week but as long as you have a general idea of what the reading was on you'll be okay. He requires you to buy one book which was like 99 cents and I'm pretty sure there was free PDF's online. Besides how much reading you have, you also have to turn in a 1-2 page response paper every week. These response paper's usually weren't too hard it just sucked because they were due every week, Sunday at 11AM. My TA was super nice and helpful so I think that helped with the class as well. Overall, the material isn't interesting at all but it is a fairly easy GE. Besides the weekly response papers, there was a midterm and a final. These tests were essay based questions but he gives you a super detailed study guide like a week before and that helped so much. As long as you study the study guide you'll get an A on the tests. He also bruincasts and uploads his slides before class, his slides are full of information!! OVERALL, if you're looking for an easy GE take this class!! The prof is super funny too and really helpful.
Only 3 midterms and the grader was really hard. The tests were structured 10 pts T/F and then 90 points essay! Very easy to lose points on the essay. Didn't particularly like the structure.
Moore was fine, he used slides and tried to crack some jokes.
If you don't mind a B, take this class, doesn't take much effort.
Adam is a great professor, he posts all his slides on the course website and bruincasts his lectures. You don't have to show up for class since he does that, but in basically summarizes exactly what the readings are so its extremely beneficial to go to class. He makes the material very easy to understand and I found the lectures very enjoyable and interesting. There is a paper due at the end of every week, but they are very easy and straightforward. It helped that my TA was also really good to and gave us additional slides on what we needed to know. Overall, it was a great class, I learned a lot and enjoyed doing it.
The content of this class is incredibly interesting and Adam Moore is a comprehensible and personable professor. One of my favorite classes in the dept for sure. The grader was harsh on all the exam essays which was rough, but well worth it.