Daniel Treisman

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POL SCI 156A
Government and Politics of Post-Communist States: Russia See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.1

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PS156 with Professor Treisman is one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. His lectures are very engaging and he makes sure to pause frequently, allowing students to ask questions. The lectures are very well-paced and organized.

The course consists of a midterm, a final, and participation in the sections (occasional quizzes & traditional participation). The midterm and the final are both single essays that ask you to synthesize lecture and reading material to answer a broad question about Russian politics/government. The reading load can sometimes appear overwhelming, but the material is quite engaging and interesting, even though it tends to be quite dense and hefty.

I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in Russian politics. It's a fascinating subject, and Professor Treisman's organized, well-paced lectures and the interesting readings he assigns are very conducive to student learning. Understanding of the subject and success in the class are dependent on engagement with the readings though, so reading everything assigned is absolutely critical in doing well on the exams.

(Winter Quarter 2021)
POL SCI 164A
Roots of Democracy See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Treisman is the real deal-- Harvard, Oxford, civilian economic advisor to the Russian government... and it shows. He's incredibly knowledgeable and is palpably very, very intelligent. He's an excellent, very clear lecturer, and is extremely organized. The class is very interesting. It's also one of the more difficult classes I've taken. I got an A on both papers, but the topical variety of the class was extremely broad, and the readings he assigned were often lengthy and difficult. Writing a successful paper was contingent on taking notes/citing the lectures (I assume this would be very difficult to do in-person where you can't rewatch lecture) and having a thorough understanding of most, if not all, of the readings (unlike some classes where you can get away with analyzing/reading just a few selected texts). My TA ended up giving me a low A minus section grade which resulted in me not receiving an A overall in the class, so I would recommend really making sure to speak a lot in section-- which is, again, predicated on you doing the readings, which are very time consuming.

Overall, I'd say this class is worthwhile, mainly because the topics are interesting and Treisman is a renowned political scientist and seems to actually care about what he's teaching (a rarity in UCLA's political science dept), but you should take it with the understanding that while the class is fair and the content is clear, it is still difficult and demands a lot of reading time (took me roughly 4-5 hours a week) and effort put into the two papers.

(Spring Quarter 2021)
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POL SCI 169
Special Studies in Comparative Politics See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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I took Treisman for PS169: The Roots of Democracy. I thought I would end up dreading the class based on the seemingly boring nature of the material, but I ended up really enjoying it. Treisman's lectures are clear, simple, and to the point. He uses very accessible language, which I like. He never rushes through lecture and is always willing to answer students' questions. He also ends class early most of the time.

The midterm and final exams are six-page take home essays. There are two prompt options for each. It's pretty straightforward, but the TAs can be hard graders.

Overall, I definitely recommend taking Treisman!

(June 16, 2012)
POL SCI 240A
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POL SCI 240A
Seminar: Comparative Politics See Full Profile

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POL SCI 240B
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POL SCI 240B
Seminar: Comparative Politics See Full Profile

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POL SCI 259
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics: Political Science 259, discussion 1; Survey of Political Ecoomy See Full Profile

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POL SCI 259
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics See Full Profile

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