Barry O'Neill

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POL SCI 30
Politics and Strategy See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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I have very mixed feelings about this class.
Barry is probably one of the most genuine professors at UCLA. He is unashamedly himself during lectures, but this, unfortunately, comes across as extremely confusing . This class was an overwhelming experience because the professor only talked about what interested him; he didn't take a whole lot of time to teach the basics of game theory. Barry is undoubtedly a brilliant mathematician and game theorist. He just had a lot of difficulty breaking it down into simpler concepts and making it clear. Barry said at the beginning of the quarter that the textbook was mandatory, but he didn't actually use it (DON'T BUY IT).
Another downside to this class is that you have absolutely no idea how you are performing. The TAs try to be as up front as possible with you, but Barry doesn't even tell them how he's grading the class. The midterm grade was determined by quintiles- the top 20% get As, the next 20% get Bs, and so on. Barry told us at the beginning that we would get put in a quintile relative to how the entire class performed. During sections, though, the TAs said that they were told to put us in quintiles according to ONLY their sections. Because of this confusion, I had no clear idea of how I was performing in the class.
Without my TA, Cybele Kappos, I would understand very little about game theory. I probably would have flunked the midterm.
If you take this class with Barry, expect funny, but confusing, lectures. Expect to learn everything from your TA. Expect to watch Kathy Bawn's pre-recorded lectures on YouTube. Expect to watch GameTheory101 on YouTube.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
POL SCI 125A
Arms Control and International Security See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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O'Neill is a very nice professor. A lot of the readings were very interesting and I really enjoyed the content of the class. The discussion sections were a COMPLETE waste of time. I really don't understand why they are a part of his class. His tests are also pretty difficult M/C. I did terrible on both tests. There is also a paper. In the end, I think most people got A's. The tests were confusing. There were a lot of questions phrased like "In lecture, I said.." or with A,B,C,and D options that could each be correct. Overall , it was a very confusing class and hard to understand how well you were doing in the course until grades were finalized.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
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POL SCI 127A
Atlantic Area in World Politics: Western Europe See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Barry is an absolute gem of a human being. Take a class with him. You won't regret it

(Summer Quarter 2019)
POL SCI 134
Foreign Policy Decision Making and Tools of Statecraft See Full Profile

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POL SCI 171A
Applied Formal Models: Collective Action and Social Movements See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 4.5

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I've had professor O'neill for two courses (PS 125A, PS171D) and I must say that overall he is a great professor. He has some faults, one of which is that he is unorganized at times, but this does not affect his ability to teach and provide an educational experience. He has a tremendous respect for the opinions of his students. I would highly recommend taking a class with him.

(Sept. 27, 2010)
POL SCI 171D
Negotiation See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 5.0

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Barry is a champion. take him for whatever class you can. this man is the greatest of all. Thanks prof

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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POL SCI 204A
Game Theory in Politics I Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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POL SCI 204A
Game Theory in Politics I See Full Profile

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POL SCI 209
Special Topics in Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods See Full Profile

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