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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.
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Professor Min is one of if not the best professor that I have had during my time at UCLA. His lectures were extremely clear. He provided detailed breakdowns for concepts and theories—allowing us to contextualise each of them with a relevant real-life application of them—and even blanked out certain key terms and sentences from the powerpoint PDF for lectures that he made available prior to classes to allow us to fill in the blanks as we went along. The concepts we learned were genuinely interesting and I’ve already found myself applying some of the topics related to bargaining and negotiation in daily life. We were assigned weekly, open-book quizzes once a week which very well-designed and easy. Discussions were enjoyable and gave us further opportunities to apply what we learned to real-life situations. The ‘final’ for this class is a 5-6 page long analysis paper on a significant world issue related to the concepts we studied. Last year, it was a paper on the Iranian nuclear issue and this year it was about the most effective ways for the U.S. to handle North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. The paper was not a cake-walk by any means, but if you have passable research skills and understood content well enough, you will do very well. I haven’t heard of anyone who got below a B+ on it. Grade breakdown: Quizzes 45%, Paper 40%, Participation in section 15%. Overall amazing G.E that I would recommend to anyone regardless of major.
The key to an A in this class is to 1) do well on the paper 2) collect good notes/memorize the content from the posted slides and bring this knowledge to the midterm and final. You do NOT need to read the textbook in order to do well (though some may find it helpful. In my opinion, though, it was way too much reading to do [~100 pages per week] and I was fine without it).
Professor Min is a great lecturer and I will miss being in his class! I'm a poli sci major but I would recommend this class to anyone interested in learning how states interact with each other and applying theories to trends we see in the world today - super interesting stuff!
---Lecture: Min is the one of the best lecturers I have had so far. He makes the lectures extremely engaging and tries his best to incorporate entertaining elements. The information is presented very clearly, and his slides are a sufficient replacement for the textbook.
---Discussion: Sections do not provide much new information, but they do clarify certain concepts and provide examples of situations that are useful to bring up during exams.
---Paper: Min gave an interesting topic for the paper, and I had fun researching for it. The deadlines are reasonable, and the TAs offer good advice throughout the process.
---Exams: The midterm and final were both pretty difficult, but they were reasonable. You do have to do quite well on both exams and the paper to get an A in the class.
---Tips: Min provides sufficient information through his lectures. The slides are useful but are not a stand alone. You don't need the textbook if you use the recourses Min gives.
I loved this class and I highly recommend it. Min was very clear during lecture and very helpful before and after class as well as during office hours. Reading the textbook is not necessary, as it basically just regurgitates his lecture, but it was helpful in my opinion. The assessments are multiple choice and easy enough if you study. The discussions and practice midterms and finals were also very helpful. This class gave me an appreciation for and interest in world politics and more awareness about politics in the world outside the US.
He's a nice guy, but he is new. All his materials are taken from other professors so his slides do not corollate with his tests. What you read in the textbook, his slides, and his exams are all different. The vague wordings on his tests feels like an AP World History exam. Your TA makes or break your grade. My TA wasn't helpful at all and seemed cold at times. You have to go with your TA even if it opposes what the professor says in class. Discussions are mandatory though. He blanks out slides, but classes are not to mandatory. He does try to put in pop references to spice the class up a bit but unnecessary. The workload is low, but it affects your exams later on. Only take this class if you just need units. It is not helpful if you plan on taking upper division IR classes later on.
International relations isn't really my jam, but I absolutely loved taking this class! Professor Min is funny, clear, and engaging. His slides are extremely well-organized and he provides them to students with blanks, which makes it easy to study for exams (although you will have to study for them). I read the textbook religiously at the beginning of the year, but I found myself getting the same grades when I just studied the content from the slides so I would recommend using the textbook as more of a reference for when you get confused. The structure of this class was perfect though and I would recommend it to anyone. My one complaint would be that the discussions were pretty pointless, but that didn't bother me that much in the grand scheme of things.
I would highly recommend taking this class with this professor. The lectures aren't mandatory , but they are really engaging, helpful, and funny. He blocks out some parts of the slides that he posts , but it is the same information as the reading. I missed a few lectures and never read the textbook but did just fine. The midterm was very easy and straightforward, and the final is the same format. There is one research paper that is 5-6 pages, but you have almost the whole quarter to do so. If you are looking for a GE or a class for the poli sci major I would definitely recommend this class.
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If you read the textbook, and then use the slides in addition to the readings, you will do well in the class. Lectures are very straightforward, and he seems a fair guy and is young (cogent, does not ramble unnecessarily). The midterm practice exam he gives is much easier than the actual midterm, so be aware. The midterm consists of multiple choice as well as short answer questions. The final is similar to the midterm, with 70 questions (20 from first half, 50 from the second half). You pick 2/4 short answer prompts to respond to from the first half of the quarter, and 4/6 prompts from the second half.
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