All Ratings and Reviews for Arthur Stein
Took Stein for summer session. Very informative lectures which actually offer more information on topics than the readings. Stein is up to date on his material, and like a good professor, his teaching style was overly biased and he gave a fair and concise explanation of each theory. Brilliant, and my grade improved after the final. Just a matter of attending lecture.
The guy is an IR god and has one hell of a class.
I effing loved this class, Stein is probably the best polisci professor I've taken at UCLA. The lectures - at 9 in the morning no less - were always engaging and relevant, and I never regretted dragging myself out of bed to go to them. There is a hell of a lot of reading, and it is definitely worth it to do it all, however, most of the stuff can be skimmed over for main points (this is what I wish I'd done looking back now that I'm done with the class), including the assigned books. The final paper is crucial. Since I hadn't taken an IR class before I kind of freaked out and stalked my TA for help, which was useful. Overall, the readings are really important for the tests, and the lectures provide a great framework for everything. The final was optional, which saved my life since I was frantically writing the paper as mentioned above. Take this class -- it's SO worth it.
To be fair, Stein is not that boring. He's only too intelligent to put his understanding of IR theories into accessible language. In other word, his words can't catch up with his minds.
Stein is by far one of the best Professors that I have had here at UCLA. He is able to incrimentally break complicated and abstract theories in foreign relations into simple and concrete ideas. The only problem is, if you want to appreciate his method, you have got to know something or at least be interested in politics.
I really didn't find his lecture that boring, however I did find that it had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the take-home midterm and final. The reading is brutal both in content and quantity. Tenure=Bad Teaching. He is no exception. He shows up ten minutes late EVERY day and shows little concern about student learning. He's pretty bad but from what I hear we're lucky just to be in the same room with the genious. Too bad you can't learn through osmosis.
Stein is one of my favorite professors at UCLA. His lectures were interesting and not overloaded with irrelevant information. The midterm exam was very fair... choice of essays which required general understanding of reading and class material. Beware of some of the TAs because they do all the grading.
Despite what most of the other raters said about him, I thought that Stein's lectures were great! I also thought that the take home midterm followed the course material wonderfully and the lectures were very helpful for it as well. I got a B in the class, but it was largely my fault that I missed the A since I didn't read too much of the material (just enough to get by). I would recommend him to anyone, but I would caution you to have an open mind. As one other reviewer said, he uses many seemingly useless antectdotes, but I found them very useful in explaining the material.
If you are interested in IR, take him! Complete expert and you really do learn from him. Lectures are pretty good, good enough that I didn't miss one and it was a 9:30 class! Grading is fair, he is by no means "easy" but if you put in the work you should be able to walk away with an A. The final was optional so basiclly the class consisted of a midterm and a 15 page paper. The paper is no big deal, just do a bit of research and work within the framework he tells you too.
He is a brilliant guy, but NEVER AROUND. It's a shame he does not seem to care AT ALL about interacting with his students, since he clearly has a wealth of insight to provide.
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