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Radd is a tremendous professor. He's charming, charismatic, funny, and makes the material very interesting with his teaching style. I was fortunate to take his class -- he made it engaging and worth attending. He's the opposite of those unapproachable, cold and overly-serious professors who roam the halls of Bunche; he's what this school needs more of. Take his class if you can. Any one of them.
I love this class! If you can take it I recommend you do because he is such an engaging professor, and the material can be tough to understand because its a lot but it's fun to learn and he makes it so simple for the students to understand. He gave a midterm and a final. The midterm had I.D's and fill in the blanks, and he gave the I.D's a week before which is extremely fair. Take him if you love the middle east and an engaging professor.
I took PS139: Iran and the West with Professor Radd and it has been hands down the best class I've taken thus far. His lectures are extremely engaging, filled with puns, and are perfect for the visual learner. The readings complement the lectures perfectly and are interesting to read. Would 10/10 recommend this class to anyone.
This class will give you a very thorough perspective on Iran's government and foreign relations. Tests are tough and oftentimes require remembering seemingly irrelevant facts, but at the end of the course he curves generously.
A great man and a great educator. I wish i could take Radd every quarter. The powerpoints in class were very organized and fun to look at. Radd doesnt do basic. I did bad on the midterm because I defined terms to general and didnt know what he was looking for exactly. After the midterm, he was willing to look over everyones midterm and regrade if we can explain to him what we meant on our ID definitions. The final was extremely easy. He required The Middle East by Lust but was willing to assign page #s in an older version which saved me $50. My only complaint is that Radd tends to be too brief with his lectures. It's 2 hours but he only uses 1. I wish he would fully use the 2 hours and expand on the topics he's discussing. 10/10
Radd is an amazing professor. His lectures are super interesting. If you go to class you will get a good grade. His tests were pretty much straight from lecture . He gives study guides for the midterm and the final. The midterm was short answer and the final was ID terms.
Professor Radd is an incredible professor, a breath of fresh air for the PoliSci department. He is knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects he teaches. He takes the time to engage with students at all levels. Word about him is going around fast, everyone I know has loved his classes and they fill up quickly. Highly recommend!
Professor Radd is an excellent lecturer who is great at explaining all the material in a way that is very engaging and very humorous. The format of his classes are done so that the first half is the lecture while the second half is entirely based on (optional) class discussions which gives ample opportunity to ask questions and voice your opinions in class. Highly recommended for anyone who wants an interesting political science upper div without too much stress.
His lectures are amazing but this class had a grader that was crazy unreasonable. There were only 7 short response questions for the make up for the entire class and the grade was giving out like 5 9/10s on the upper end for quite a large class. So everyone in this class ended up with a lower grade which was really unfair because the lectures were so engaging and it did not reflect how well the class did as a whole.
Radd is by far the most engaging professor I have ever had. The dude's name is Radd for crying out loud. He makes all of his powerpoint slides with visual aids and it's impossible to not understand them. He only lectures for the first hour and then leaves the second available for discussion, and I highly recommend staying for that discussion time. You won't be penalized if you don't stay, but it's a great opportunity to discuss have any questions more in depth. The breakdown for this class was one midterm and one final, thats it... The midterm was identifications and fill in the blank, and the final was just fill in the blank ( I cried real tears of joy when he told us that). I think he is moving away from that model to instead have the class write a 500 word answer to a question he posts each week, and that's your whole grade. He also accepts late work with docked off points per day which is pretty rare from a UCLA professor. Radd is just over all a really cool guy, and I plan to take more courses with him in the future.