Spring 2020 - She sucks. I have never felt the need to write a review about a professor until now, granted this may also be me just procrastinating for her class... but I can't blame myself when her material is this dry and boring. She is robotic and monotonous. She gives very minimal historical context to understanding major events and IR concepts. The actual substance of her lectures lack any sense of cohesion or continuity. It's just really bad. I guess you can consider this class relatively easy if you study the material. She does a poor job at trying to be funny, not that it even matters, but I can't even give her bonus points there. It's just bad. I think she really is trying, however, I consider her delivery extremely disappointing for UCLA.
Winter 2016 - Honestly one of the best and most interesting classes taken at UCLA, even though I'm not a Political Science major. Larson is very engaging and she makes the material super interesting. Not a hard class, just go to lecture and don't procrastinate on the paper. She provides you the IDs and the potential essay questions that will be on the midterm and final so you will expect nothing new or random to show up. I have all the required physical textbooks you need for this class and am selling it as a bundle for $20. I can also link you to previous study guides I have made for both the midterm and final! Text me if you're interested at **********!
Winter 2022 - Professor Larson is clear, organized, helpful, and informative. Grades are based on one midterm, one essay, one final, and discussion points. When the Ukraine crisis began, she took the time to discuss it with us which was SO appreciated because she is so knowledgeable about international relations and I loved hearing about such a scary, unpredictable situation from someone with insight. Even after classes went back in person, she still zoomed lecture simultaneously which was also very appreciated. Larson is kind, accommodating, and a great professor overall. I learned so much about international relations, history, and politics, all of which I consider valuable to everyday life (not just testing). I can’t recommend this class enough!!