All Ratings and Reviews for Arthur Stein
Wow, as if foreign policy wasn't dry enough--Stein takes it to a whole new level of boredom.
Ok, let's put it this way: Prof Stein is not good, he is GREAT. The class is very well organized: from "first level analysis" to second to third... Every single lecture is interesting. He is a great and entertaining lecturer. He links the topic of the class to contemporary events and will answer any question. The class was a mid term, a 12-15 pages paper and a final (the final was optional). The grading mostly depends on the TA. Yet, the mid term was very fair. Do the readings go to class and you are fine. The paper might seem long, BUT you have to write about a topic in "present international relations" that YOU choose... so it's pretty free and up to you to make it interesting. This is one of the best classes I have had at UCLA so far, so I definitely recommend taking it with Prof. Stein.
All I can say is that the paper he assigned for the course was the most challenging paper I ever had to write... and I loved every minute (of the 4 days) I spent writing it. I learned to love IR because of Stein.
I admire Prof. Stein's ability to translate arcane theories into simple ideas. I especially liked his explanation of how Britain developed such a strong navy.
Lectures dull. Its nice to have a point sometimes but I sure cant find one in these lectures. But if you like stories about old guys in villages, this is the class for you. TA is mean. Wont cover the lecture material and if you havent done reading just dimisses the section. If Stein isnt clear and TA wont cover same ground Stein did how are you suposed to get anything out of it?
Stein makes foreign policy decision-making the most boring subject ever imaginable. I used to be interested in in it, but now all I want to do is throw out his syllabus and pretend like I never took the class. I didn't learn anything from it.
I took his PS137A and his lecture was a bit boring. Professor Stein was alright. However, my TA sucked and that made this class even worse. I didn't enjoy the class and hated the discussion session because of her.
A little dry, but he has a wealth of information for those willing to listen. He likes to talk to students but can't manage his office hours very well. Exams are overly challenging IMHO, but you can get an "A" if you read carefully and spend about 8 hours per exam writing it.
Personally, I thought Stein was one of the most interesting and knowledgeable professors I've had here at UCLA. He's one of those people that seems to know everything about the field and he has an anecdote for every point he's making. I loved his class, went to every lecture (at 9:30 in the morning that's something), his midterm was really fair, the readings were all pertinent and interesting, and he even cancelled our final. My guess is that the people who thought he was boring just aren't into IR in the first place.
Took Stein's IR course over the summer. Like mentioned before he is pretty much an IR STUD!
Grade depends on TA (like almost every other class) so good luck with that. The reading was very good but there was a ton of it. 80% of the test comes from lectures 20% from reading. He's straight up and you can pretty much guess what's going to be on the exams because he usually chooses some current affair to examine. If you're a Poli Sci major don't pass his class up.
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