Introduction to International and Area Studies

Adam Moore

Introduction to International and Area Studies

International and Area Studies department

Adam Moore

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 4.2
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Workload 3.4
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Clarity of professor 4.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.9
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Engaging Lectures

Grades

Fall 2018
28.2%
23.5%
18.8%
14.1%
9.4%
4.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
38.4%
32.0%
25.6%
19.2%
12.8%
6.4%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
18.6%
15.5%
12.4%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted June 5, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Moore is great and I found this class to be really interesting. The curriculum is really broad and so we cover a ton of content in 10 weeks, and the topics change pretty dramatically week to week. There were required readings for each lecture as well as a weekly response paper to one of two prompts. The first half of the course focused on geography/economy/politics, while the second half of the course focused on culture. I personally found the content to be really interesting and felt like I learned a lot. Lectures are clear and interesting, and I found Professor Moore to be a good lecturer. Discussion sections were once a week and felt like a waste of time; they consisted of student presentations that essentially summarized the week's reading. There was a midterm and a final, both consisting of 5 true/false questions (mostly straightforward but sometimes a bit tricky) and then short essay questions based on our readings. There are some really specific theories covered in the course that I was worried about having to memorize, but exams were always really fair and the essay topics covered really big picture themes. Overall, interesting class with good exposure to different issues and theories in international development studies.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted June 5, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Moore is great and I found this class to be really interesting. The curriculum is really broad and so we cover a ton of content in 10 weeks, and the topics change pretty dramatically week to week. There were required readings for each lecture as well as a weekly response paper to one of two prompts. The first half of the course focused on geography/economy/politics, while the second half of the course focused on culture. I personally found the content to be really interesting and felt like I learned a lot. Lectures are clear and interesting, and I found Professor Moore to be a good lecturer. Discussion sections were once a week and felt like a waste of time; they consisted of student presentations that essentially summarized the week's reading. There was a midterm and a final, both consisting of 5 true/false questions (mostly straightforward but sometimes a bit tricky) and then short essay questions based on our readings. There are some really specific theories covered in the course that I was worried about having to memorize, but exams were always really fair and the essay topics covered really big picture themes. Overall, interesting class with good exposure to different issues and theories in international development studies.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 28, 2019 Grade Received: A

I think this is a really great class. I am a psychobio major (pre-med) but I have always taken interest in international studies classes. For those who take this class to really get something out of it, it is an amazing class. I will admit the class was a decent amount of reading and memorization, but the tests are easy enough.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 20, 2019 Grade Received: A

This was a pretty easy class overall. I took this class as a prerequisite for my global health minor and it was minimal work. Just weekly response papers due and mandatory attendance for section but you are allowed to miss one. The midterm and final is pretty easy, the same format and all you have to do is memorize the slides. Moore is a pretty engaging lecturer but I didn't attend class after the midterm and was completely fine. The topics were really engaging though so I would completely recommend this class as an easy GE or as a prerequisite.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 3, 2019 Grade Received: A

I took this course as a lower division for my minor. I didn't expect to be as interested in it as I was and to be honest, I was excited that it was Bruincasted. However, once I came to class for the first week I knew that I would be attending every lecture I could in person. Moore is an engaging professor and its pretty funny. The material isn't particularly difficult so I don't think that attendance is mandatory but I went just because he was funny and interesting.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 12, 2019 Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 20, 2018 Grade Received: B+

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 19, 2018 Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 6, 2018 Grade Received: B+

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.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Engaging Lectures
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