Fall 2021 - Professor Min is easily the best professor I have taken at UCLA. He was extremely clear in his lectures, which were accompanied by a slideshow, which he gave to the class with some of the terms and definitions blanked out to help us follow along. Most weeks (8 of 10) we had to do a CCLE-based quiz of about 15 questions covering the topics that we covered in class, with the quiz comprising 30% of our grade. There was no final, rather we had to submit a six-page essay on an important foreign policy issue, in Fall 2021 the essay examined where the US went wrong in Afghanistan. This essay was broken into a proposal due week 3 (5% of grade), a draft due week 8, and the actual essay (45% of grade) due on the Monday of week 9, which meant that there we had nothing to do during Finals week for this class. Participation in discussion sections counted for 20% of the grade. I had Merabi as my TA and he was very knowledgable on all of the subjects and very open to helping out if I had any questions or problems. Overall, if I could take this course again, I would not hesitate to and I would recommend taking it as a GE credit as you do not need to understand any complexities of political science that Professor Min does not cover.
Spring 2022 - This is the second class I've taken with Professor Min and he remains one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. He explains every concept thoroughly and in a way that is easy to understand. The quizzes throughout the quarter are very simple and are open book/note so. The only thing that could be worrying for some is the group project that essentially functions as the class's final. It should be no problem if you get assigned a good group and work throughout the quarter. I had Nallely as a TA and she was super helpful with answering questions regarding the paper. Overall, would definitely recommend this class to anyone!