Arms Control and International Security

Barry O'Neill

Arms Control and International Security

Political Science department

Barry O'Neill

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Overall 3.1
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Easiness of class 2.4
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Workload 2.8
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Clarity of professor 2.3
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Helpfulness of professor 3.3
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  • Uses Slides
  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness

Grades

Spring 2017
34.5%
28.8%
23.0%
17.3%
11.5%
5.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
30.1%
25.1%
20.1%
15.1%
10.0%
5.0%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
24.2%
20.2%
16.2%
12.1%
8.1%
4.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
22.0%
18.4%
14.7%
11.0%
7.3%
3.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
26.1%
21.7%
17.4%
13.0%
8.7%
4.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 10, 2019 Grade Received: B+

I completely agree with my fellow victims' reviews. This class is a total mess, as if the professor prepared almost nothing for each class. I could never understand how it could take over a month to grade 1-2 pages of assignment with two TAs - that can never be justified! Also I sent him quite a few emails, most of which had not been responded. In terms of contents, it was not really helpful, although it might have sounded a little bit interesting for nuclear nerds. Readings are endless and extremely boring, and the professor does not mention them a lot in class, so keep that in mind. After waiting for over three weeks to get my final grade (stupid!) all I could get was a B+, and all the wasted time for this unorganized course. Overall I regret taking this class and will DEFINITELY NOT recommend other poli sci majoring folks to take this sucking class. Avoid this class if possible. PERIOD.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 5, 2019 Grade Received: NR

Avoid this class at all costs. I am the third person just from this past quarter (Spring 2019) to post this but Barry is the definition of disorganized. The entire quarter was frustrating having to deal with such a disorganized and random lecture led by a professor who never really taught anything worthwhile other than speaking of old movies nobody knew about. The final grades have STILL not been released as of 7/5/2019 and it's been frustrating getting a lame excuse as to why. I'm not shocked however since he took over a month with every assignment he gave us, despite having 2 TA's and only 500-700 word assignments. I could go on about how this class was bad, the ignored emails from Barry during the quarter, the constant tardiness, the complete different topics discussed in our discussion sections which were irrelevant to the course.. etc. This class needs to be restructured ASAP.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 3, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

This class was extremely disorganized and during lecture, he often jumped around the notes, skipping many. Both the midterm and final were extremely detail oriented, meaning you'd need to know specific things from the readings which was difficult seeing as there were hundreds of pages of them. He'd also ask questions from lectures about things he said specifically said. You don't know where you stand in the class until it ends, but even then its currently been 3 weeks since the final and we still do not have our grades. Overall he was a nice professor, but the amount of disorganization was not worth taking it.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Regret taking this class. While Professor O’Neill is nice, his class is very disorganized. You don’t know where you stand grass wise all quarter. He hasn’t even put Spring quarter grades out so my transcript currently says NR. It’s very frustrating.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 26, 2018 Grade Received: A-

I literally cannot give a more glowing review of a professor. the class is absolutely ridiculous, so confusing, the tests are really hard honestly because his lectures are all over the place and incredibly boring to the point where i actually don't understand how anyone stayed awake, so you don't know what to study really. and his reading guides suck. however, the writing assignments are all really easy, and even though the tests were super difficult he curves the class at the end so you really don't need to worry about any of this shit. i put in absolutely minimum effort. greatclass

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 4, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Good professor.

Professor O'Neill is an interesting man, almost like a mad scientist with his wild hair and fashion style. His office clearly looks as if a bomb exploded in it. But he cares about what he teaches and about his students. He will jump over mountains to ensure you learn something. He has an unorthodox teaching style, which I appreciated. Some say he's disorganized but I say he is an organized mess.

Don't be intimated by the first few classes when he discusses mostly science terms because it is only a small percentage of the entire class grade, although, during the first few classes it is 99% science related.

Overall, he has great humor, willing to teach you, and if you read the assigned books and polish your papers then you should get an A.

Final grade: A+

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 3, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

I was initially very interested in taking the class and from the reviews I thought it would be a pretty easy A. WRONG. I ended up with a B+ and worked hard to get it. Though he usually doesn't give anything lower then a B-, it's not that easy to get an A. The readings are endless. I think he tries different methods of teaching or grading every quarter and can't stick to just one. You don't know where you stand until the end of the class. His reviews for the midterm and final were horrible. You are pretty much taking a shot in the dark. Regret taking this professor.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 22, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Professor O'neill is scatterbrained. He is very understanding and knowledgable of the material but he is simply all over the place. His midterm and final were both entirely multiple choice, and personally that is not my strong point. overall 80 percent of the class got As or Bs.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 24, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I took this course fall quarter 2009 and was one of my first classes since transferring to UCLA. What a bad first impression I had of UCLA. Like people have said this class was extraordinarily disorganized and there were far too many people. However, based on what I've seen from the fall 2010 schedule the class is much smaller which would make this class much more enjoyable.

I got an A- in this course, and to be frank I have no idea how managed that. I straight failed the midterm, like below 50% because I didnt study or go to lecture because its crowded, disorganized structure and class made me say hell no. After that massive bomb I attended lecture every time and actually realized that the information was interesting. The final was very easy and was probably the reason I got an A. He even said that if you straight up failed the midterm you shouldn't worry because things would probably balance out after the curve and they did.

I skimmed the readings, as many of them were very boring and did well on most of the quizzes which are very much like taking a shot in the dark as sometimes the questions are very broad and other times very detailed. O'Neill is a nice, funny, mad scientist looking guy but at least from what I've seen a very unorganized man. I got my A- and then tooted and booted this class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 29, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

O'Neill's Arms Control course is the most DISORGANIZED class I've taken. He reminds me of a scatterbrained-genius. For the majority of the quarter, I was unsure how I was doing in the class (he simply said "40% of the class was going to get As" - reassuring, but doesn't tell me jack). There are reading quizzes (it's not too bad; he lets you retake them if you do poorly on the first try), a midterm, a final, and some papers (pretty much grade-buffers). Just do the readings and glance over the powerpoints/lectures and you'll be fine. I honestly learned more from the readings (he does pick out really good articles) than I did from the lectures. Easy A though.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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