All Ratings and Reviews for Arthur Stein
I took Stein's 137 IR class during summer (session A), and I think Stein is truly knowledgeable on the material he covers. It is true that his lectures could be a bit boring, but hey, classes are just boring in the first place (especially if one is not interested in the subject). I would recommend Professor Stein's classes not to the students that wish to slide by and get an easy A (for it is not easy at all... midterm was 4 essays in two and a half hours; and there's HELLA readings, including two books and a thick-@ss reader), but to the students that do have an interest in IR and are willing to spend the time reading the material (they help on the exams, trust me). Lastly, I think those students that post negative vibes for professors on uclaprofessors.com should check their study habits and interest on the subject first before criticizing the professors. Thank you.
Stein can be a little dull - I took him in the summer so classes were long and it was easy to get bored. Overall, he's a great professor - brillant and very intellectual. Also, his exams are great - straight up, to the point - just understand his lectures and you're good. I recommend him just because he's a respectable professor, very smart, insightful, and enlightening.
I have found that, in Political Science at UCLA, the best teachers are the ones hired as visiting lecturers. Conversely, the worst professors have tenure, and Stein is a perfect example of this rule. He is one of the most boring, least concerned professors this department has to offer, and that's saying quite a bit. You can probably avoid him because he usually only teaches UD. Do yourself a favor and stay away.
The only thing I learned from this class is that America's best foreign policy option is to send in Stein to bore the enemy into submission. You get the feeling something else is going on in Stein's class. Perhaps via hidden camera UCLA is really testing how students react to horrifically boring professors and Stein happens to be wonderful at his job. Or perhaps Stein feels it is his responsibility to ensure UCLA students get an extra hour and ten minutes of sleep each day at the hands of his notoriously dry lectures. Regardless of the truth, avoid Stein like a cold war.
I took foreign policy and decision making. i attended every single lecture, discussion and did the readings and when the exam was handed out, i was completely lost. He expects ALOT considering he is one of the worst teachers in the poli sci department. he is boring and uninformative. i was extrememly interested in the topic before the class, and he killed it for me. he took a brilliant subject matter and turned it into this boring complex series of game theories. i would never recommend stein if one wishes to learn something,
Stein is one of the best professors I have had at ucla. He is well organized, fair with the grading, and not boring at all. I enjoyed his class and I recommend him to any poli sci student.
He is nice, willing to entertain class discussion and will go over things again. He is always late. He is pretty disorganized. Fair grader. Boring - if you can stay awake though - it shouldnt be a problem.
To one of the "posters" (hmmm, you sound like you've spent quite a bit of time analyzing Stein and his fabulous method) below who insulted those of us who can't stand Stein's lectures: I got an excellent grade in his class, know quite a bit about politics, and still learned nothing of consequence. He absolutely gives you long-winded anecdotes that are hardly related to lecture at all, and by the time he gets around to making a point, the class is over. Maybe he has some valuable material for grad students who will stand around all day listening to him talk, I don't know. But for undergraduates, his lectures are an exercise in futility.
He is incredible, one of the smartest professors at UCLA. I learned more from him than any other professor. Work hard on your essay at the end of the course because its worth alot!
I think Stein is terrific. Witty and knowledgeable, I didn't mind that he was late often because he often finished on time, which is more important.
As for his class, if you want organized overheads and a series of memorizable facts for the test, this is not the class for you. Some of the readings he does not cover in class because they are for you to think about and apply to the class.
If you are interested in international relations and willing to take a fairly straightforward class presentation and apply on your own, the class is wonderful. This is a class for people who think and analyze well. I don't think it's a class to be 'taught' in though. Students who have a strong empirical base will enjoy the class by employing the models presented to that base. If you don't know much about the topic, though, I'd tell you to be wary of the class
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