Daniel Posner

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POL SCI 50
Introduction to Comparative Politics See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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Posner's Comparative Politics class is interesting. He goes over your run-of-the-mill comparative breadth (institutions, etc) and then moves on to globalization. He is well prepared and lectures very effectively. The course reader is quite expensive (~$80), but a breeze to read. On the tests, a simple definition and how it relates to the overarching ideas in the class would get you an A.

(Dec. 29, 2009)
POL SCI 88A
Lower Division Seminar: Political Theory See Full Profile

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INTL DV M120
Political Economy of Development See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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i've taken posner twice, and he is a very standard social science professor. pretty inaccessible and but gives very straightforward lectures, the readings are all case studies pertaining to the week's content. posner takes a pretty neoliberal stance in his approach to development and never really questions it, which I don't appreciate. exams are simple in my opinion, except the take home midterm which was a 6-8 page paper that we only had 48 hours to do!!! not a difficult class in general tho

(Spring Quarter 2019)
POL SCI 151A
African Politics: Government and Politics of Africa See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.9

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Posner is one of the best lecturers I've ever had. His lectures are super well organized and he is incredibly helpful both in class and in-office hours. He's also super understanding and is fairly lenient. I have no complaints about him, but my TA Jenny graded a little ridiculous. She is great in section and is also really helpful so I would suggest going to her office hours and participating heavily in section to ensure you're in her good books and also are showing that you're putting in the effort. Your grade will come down to your TA in this class, however, you can submit for Posner to regrade your midterm, paper, and final, and he is fairer.

(Fall Quarter 2020)
POL SCI 167A
Ideology and Development in World Politics See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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167C Political Development

One of the most interesting classes I have ever taken at UCLA. The midterm and finals are very clear with what is on them before, so you know what to study (and you actually have to know your stuff)

Posner really wants you to learn. he is a great lecturer who picks great TAs (ruth was really helpful). the weekly questions keep you in the loop in case you miss a reading or two.

TAKE THIS CLASS

(June 11, 2014)
POL SCI M167C
Political Economy of Development See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.4

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Posner is an amazing professor and I'm very glad I took him. It is not an easy class - you must show up and take thorough notes. He does not podcast and the slides are just statistics and images, which won't make any sense without the context of the lecture. If you put in the work, you will learn so much.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
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INTL DV 191
Ethnicity and Development Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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INTL DV 191
Ethnicity and Development See Full Profile

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INTL DV 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: International Development Studies -- Senior Seminar See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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This class was pretty straightforward. The readings were A LOT but I definitely didn't do them all. Attendance and participation was 40% of our final grade while two 5-6 page papers were 30% each. The participation included emailing him two analytical/reflective questions about the week's readings. We would have to submit them the night before class. We then discuss each reading one by one during the seminar. I would only say one comment every other week or so because I get a little anxious when I speak up in class so I'm not sure how that affected my participation grade. The prompts for the papers were clear and it was just us making an argument using evidence from the various readings. The final paper did confuse me a little though because I felt like it was kind of the same as the midterm prompt, just worded differently. But on the first paper I got a 90% and the second one I got a 94%. My final grade was a 92% so I'm not sure if he really ended up including the attendance and participation grade. I'd say this was a pretty chill 191 seminar and the material was interesting. I'd take a class with Posner again for sure.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
POL SCI 191A
Variable Topics Research Seminars for Majors: Political Theory See Full Profile

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POL SCI 240B
Seminar: Comparative Politics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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POL SCI 240B
Seminar: Comparative Politics See Full Profile

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