Andrew Apter

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I A STD M7C
Elementary Yoruba Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Elementary Yoruba See Full Profile

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AF AMER M7C
Elementary Yoruba See Full Profile

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INTL DV 110
Economic Development and Culture Change See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.5 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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I would say that the previous review of this course is pretty spot on when it comes to the way that Apter structures his lectures. I still enjoyed the course though and I do feel like I learned from him. As for the criticisms, Apter seems like a really cool guy but I think it would just be more helpful for students if he was a bit more organized when it comes to his slides and not going off on tangents, especially because it is such a theory-heavy course where it's rather easy to get confused by the material. It can be hard to follow along at times and it's kind of frustrating when you have to decipher what's important to the course, and what's just a personal story of his. A study guide for the exams would've been nice too, but I would say that each week has a specific theme, and the theme as a whole (if quite a bit of time was spent on it) has major potential to appear as an essay question on the exams.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
I A STD 110B
Field Studies in International and Area Studies See Full Profile

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HIST 144A
American Diplomatic History See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.2

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IDS 100A

Prof. Apter is the biggest disappointment to any IDS major. He is a conceited, very vocally biased anthropologist who has managed to say the words "Bush, Cheney, or Republicans" in every single lecture in a negative context. Biases and political rants aside, he is just simply ignorant; he couldn't draw a basic supply and demand curve and doesn't know a single thing about economics, despite his best attempts to sound educated in the subject

He is incredibly disorganized in lecture, with no powerpoints, and regularly yelled at us for taking notes on our laptops. He speaks so fast and incoherently (with political rants spewed throughout) that it is impossible to understand just what the hell he is talking about.

He loves talking about himself and his useless "research" concerning African sociology and anthropology; he has a lot to say about what aid programs fail to do, yet he himself has not done anything at all for the development world and makes you feel as if IDS is a total joke.

In my four years at UCLA, Apter is by far the worst instructor I have ever had and I am actually ashamed to say he is a part of the IDS program. Not only is he a babbling idiot who contributes nothing to helping the world, he regularly hates on all others who dare to go against his socialist beliefs.

One last note, he will call out students who are even 1 minute late and constantly remind us that "this is the most important class you'll ever take and also the hardest".

(March 5, 2015)
HIST M164A
Topics in African History: Prehistoric Africa -- Technological and Cultural Traditions See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 3.7

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Super interesting, unable to take notes, talks super fast..... do the reading all of it and pay attention, take notes on what he is saying forget the power point...

(July 31, 2010)
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HIST 164D
Topics in African History: Africa and Diaspora in Global and Comparative Perspective See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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HIST 164E
Topics in African History: Africa from 1945 to the Present See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.0

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I was honestly quite apprehensive about taking this class due to all the bad press Professor Apter has received from past reviewers. However, this class was honestly among the best I have taken at UCLA, and Professor Apter was key to this. This is no means an easy class; a lot of the material in both lectures and readings is pretty dense and requires a lot of thought and concentration, especially since the class is pretty fast-paced. The assessments moreover, though comprising just a midterm and a take-home final, are marked pretty strictly. However, don't be put off! I found Professor Apter to be a wonderful old-school sort of academic, exceptionally knowledgeable whilst also fairly eccentric. The class doesn't feel disorganised as all the lectures are very focused (though he doesn't share his powerpoints afterwards), with clear conclusions and key points summarised at the end. If you don't understand anything, he is very personable and helpful both during class and in office hours. He expects you to be motivated to learn and to be focused during class, but I honestly don't recognise what some of the past reviewers say about him being rude/disorganised/angry etc. He never for example shouted at anyone for coming in late, and was even giving out fistbumps by the end of the quarter. He was also very funny at times, and often had the whole class laughing with him when he recalled his past life researching in Nigeria. We memorably spent a whole class learning about and listening to old African pop music whilst he danced away at the front!

This is the first review I've written, and I only do it to correct what I think is a misleading and unfair image. He is a really good professor, and if you're interested in African history you will get a huge amount out of this class provided you put the work in.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
INTL DV 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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I'm sorry but this class is so sad. After 3 years in the IDS major, I was really looking forward to taking the final senior seminar. Because you need to have completed all the other IDS core classes, you don't have much choice as to which quarter to take this class. If you can, do NOT take 191 with Apter. I fell asleep so many times. He fell asleep during my final presentation. He reads from the books we all already read from homework, making class a waste of time. But participation is 50% of your grade, so you still have to go... The rubric was super vague. 50% participation, 50% final exam (which he had no guidelines for, essay or presentation or mulitmedia).

Go take this class with a more interesting professor. If you must take it with Apter, good luck. I've heard he's nice and actually knowledgeable in office hours.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
I A STD 191
Variable Topics Senior Research Seminars: International and Area Studies See Full Profile

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