Introduction to Political Theory

Brian Esparza Walker

Introduction to Political Theory

Political Science department

Brian Esparza Walker

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs

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Winter 2017
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
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18.9%
15.2%
11.4%
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Fall 2013
21.8%
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Fall 2012
24.6%
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Jan. 6, 2018 Grade Received: A

The class was highly rewarding. If you read the relevant material for your papers, then you will do fine. I didn't read most of the assigned readings, but I had a grasp on what he talked about in lecture and translated my skim understanding to my papers and got an A.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2015 Submitted Feb. 14, 2016 Grade Received: A+

One of the most impressionable classes I've taken at UCLA. Walker is an incredible lecturer who is engaging, funny, and speaks in a thick Canadian accent. He also bikes to UCLA from Venice for work, so extra points for being environmentally conscious.

The readings were pretty difficult for me as this class was really the first time I was exposed to such dense readings, but if you put in enough effort, you'll definitely do well. You get assigned quite a bit of reading also, so be prepared. You also need to put work into your papers and focus a lot on clarity. The pop quizzes were annoying at best.

But overall, this class really changed how I view the world and I definitely got out of it what I put in. I would even go so far as to say that this was the one class that forced me to learn how to read and write at an advanced level. So, unless you're looking for an easy A, TAKE THIS CLASS.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 16, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Course: PS 10

This is a great introductory course to Political Theory. You have to do a lot of reading, and some of it is quite dense, but Professor Walker explains all of the reading and really works hard to make sure you can apply the work of past political theorists to the questions we are asking about society today.

I absolutely loved this class and Professor Walker does not just want you to memorize a list of facts, he wants you to think and to question your own assumptions about the world and how our society is formed. Great class for someone who doesn't mind reading and who is willing to think.

Pop quizzes in class that are 5 questions based on the reading. One short paper and one longer paper. The tests are based on the readings so if you read you will be fine!

Grade: A

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 1, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

If you're Poli Sci major, you MUST take this course. You will not regret it.

Course is somewhat challenging. There are quite amount of reading, but his grading is pretty generous. There is no midterm, just pop quizes and finals. All the quizzes and final are not surprise. If you spend some time, you'll get A.

*study the reading questions!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 22, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

If I could only give one piece of advice for this class, it would be to DO THE STUDY QUESTIONS!!!! They show up on the quizzes and final.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 22, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

This is by far the most interesting class I've taken at UCLA thus far. Professor Walker is very engaging and really knows what he's talking about. The class is definitely challenging, but I think that is part of why I enjoyed it so much-- it teaches you A LOT. You learn different philosophies of how to create and lead the "good life," which I think resonates with most people as being relevant to everyday life. The class has given me tools to better understand the world and my place in it, and I definitely feel like a more intellectually well-rounded person after taking this class. I HIGHLY recommend PS 10!!!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 18, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

This was the very first class that I took at UCLA, and I'm glad that Dr. Walker was the one that taught it. He is extremely enthusiastic about his work, and that enthusiasm was contagious. The reading may be lengthy and rather dense, but he goes over a lot of it in lecture, and so long as you pay attention in lecture and understand the core concepts you will be fine. There are pop quizzes for the class, but he gives you a study guide in advance with every possible question that he will ask. There are also a ton of resources from past students that can be very useful when studying for the final, which is pretty straightforward. There are two essays for the course, and they can be a little hard, but so long as you go to your TA's office hours you should get a good grade on them. (Also, I knew someone that got two B's on his essays and still ended up with an A in the class).

Overall, Walker is a great and engaging professor, and he is extremely fair in the way that he teaches. I highly recommend him.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 26, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Walker is the best professor I've had so far at UCLA. He's very enthusiastic about Political Science and philosophy. He wants students to not only gain an understanding of the class material, but also acquire analytical skills that can be applied in other areas of study.

The readings were difficult at times, particularly those of Aristotle and John Stuart Mill, but the study questions were straight-forward. As long as you focus on the study questions, and pay some attention during lectures, you'll do well on the quizzes and on the final exam.

There was a 6-8 page essay worth 30 percent of your final grade. Almost everyone earned an A or B on it, so it wasn't hard to do well. I believe that my TA graded fairly and I received the grade I deserved, which was an 87. I got an A- for my final grade.

Overall, I recommend this class, especially with Walker. I don't particularly enjoy Political Theory, but I learned a lot in Walker's lectures, and he made the class enjoyable.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 19, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

It was such a pleasure being a student in Professor Walker's class. His upbeat and knowledgeable approach to Aristotle and John Stuart Mill made the material much more enjoyable. The readings are very dense, but as long as you have some sort of grasp on them you will be fine. DO THE STUDY QUESTIONS, I cannot stress that enough. It will help you tremendously in your preparation for the final exam. As long as you have a reasonable TA (mine had no idea what was going on and was a very harsh grader unfortunately) you should do well in the class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 18, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Walker is honestly the best professor I have had at UCLA. He is extremely engaging and his love for political philosophy is contagious. You will walk out wanting to be a theory concentration. The class is really easy if you just do the readings, which are not long at all. There are pop quizzes, but he tells you ahead of time when they will be happening. The essays are easy too. Definitely take the class and engage in it. You won't regret it!

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs
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